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Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

Mullis: Mistletoe pest for people, food for birds

Mistletoe has always been synonymous with Christmas. Its seasonal significance goes back centuries and spans several continents. It also makes great decoration during the holidays but it is not ...
By Sid Mullis

Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014

Property transfers

Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Oct. 14-30. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office. OCT.

Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014

Sid Mullis: Entrance-way planting designs

An attractive, well designed entrance planting is often overlooked by many homeowners who do their own landscape. Done properly, it can represent a nice welcome to visitors.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014

Beets: A delicious year-round vegetable

The nice thing about growing beets is that you can eat them fresh for much of the year. A spring planting is ready to start harvesting by early summer, and a summer planting is ready from ...
By Lee Reich

Mullis: With rosemary comes holiday scents

One plant that has gained popularity as a Christmas gift and miniature, living Christmas tree is rosemary plants. You can use it as an indoor houseplant or in your landscape.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Mullis: Camellias need a little care but give a lot back with bountiful blooms

Camellias remain a popular garden center choice and continue to be in demand by area gardeners. They are one of the easiest plants to grow if you give them what they require.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014

Mullis: Dry winter so far

In a mid-October column, I told you that for the most part, you could cut off your sprinkler systems and only turn them back on as needed. Who knew we would need them so much during late October ...
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014

Mullis: Mole removal can be tricky

Last week I wrote about armadillos and their control. This week I will continue that theme with another varmint that visits the yard and drives people crazy - moles. They make tunnels everywhere ...
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

Sid Mullis: Get rid of armadillos by trapping them

More and more people have asked me what to do about armadillos digging in lawns and plant beds. Obviously, armadillos are getting more numerous in the Augusta area.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Mullis: Pests drawn indoors to escape cold

Common invaders in the Augusta area include boxelder bugs, lady beetles, kudzu bugs, spiders and millipedes. These invaders are generally harmless to people and property.
By Sid Mullis

Gardening classes coming soon

Gardening classes will be held Nov. 14 and 15 in Augusta. Sponsored by the Augusta Council of Garden Clubs and the Azalea District, Course II of the Gardening Study School is open to everyone. ...

Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

Mullis: Sprinkler systems shouldn't be on this time of year

During this time of the year people frequently asked me what they should be doing to their lawn.There are things that you can do and I will touch on all of our warm season grasses of Bermuda, ...
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014

Mullis: Stinging caterpillars can cause pain

Stinging caterpillars have seemed to be a hot topic the last couple of years during the months of September and October.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014

Sid Mullis: Planting perennials can present challenges

Many beginning gardeners think planting perennials is easy. You just plant them and year after year they perform with little or no care. I wish it were that easy but that is not the case.
By Sid Mullis

Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014

Mullis: Fertilizing ends mid-September

This is the last weekend you should be fertilizing your lawn – if it needs it. It depends on how long it has been since you last fertilized. Mid-September is the latest we should be fertilizing ...
By Sid Mullis

Plan ahead to keep critters from harming plants

Competition and conflict have existed between people and animals since the first gardeners began sowing seeds on the ground. The critters just as quickly carried them away.
By Dean Fosdick

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014

Summer veggies were just the first round

You've got to plan what vegetables to grow for the cool and rainy days ahead that sap the vitality from tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and other summer vegetables.
By Lee Reich

Friday, Aug 22, 2014

Property Transfers

Here are the Richmond County property transfers for July 24-31. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office.

Thursday, Aug 21, 2014

Sid Mullis: Cicada killers are harmless

Even though they are nearly 2 inches long and look intimidating, cicada killers are more buzz than bite. They are black with yellow markings across their abdomen and have yellowish legs and dusky ...
By Sid Mullis

Friday, Aug 15, 2014

Property Transfers

Here are the Richmond County property transfers for July 15-24. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office.
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