There is no doubt about it: fall is firmly established and winter is sending unmistakable signals.
Construction and landscape activities can have a negative impact on existing trees, but the damage is often not visible for several years.
We have a new president and I make it a point not to delve into politics in this space.
I am often asked about a gray-green leafy or crusty growth found on some plants. Many times the homeowner believes the growth in question is killing the plant. These growths are called lichens and in no way responsible for the poor health of any tree or shrub. As a matter of fact, lichens are common on old wooden fence posts.
How much Santa time do we need? I got a notice this week from a big mall that Santa has arrived. I think the reason Santa arrives so early is for snooty little mamas to go and look at him and compare him with Santa at another mall to decide which one is the best looking Santa.
By the time you're reading this, we should be finished with the election. I won't make any comments about that now, except to say, "Thank goodness." Most of us are tired of hearing the same ads and talking points and receiving robocalls.
I haven't been to a Halloween party in years and this year is no exception.
Before a few years ago, winter landscapes had little or no color. Pansies became popular during the 1980s. Pansies have remarkable durability and add a rainbow of color to the winter landscape.
Someone decided a few years ago that October was the month we focus on cancer, primarily breast cancer.
Fall can be a busy time for homeowners; however, don't forget a few outside jobs, which can make for a better lawn or garden next year. A few more lawn and garden tips for the fall are as follows:
Perhaps you have already decided exactly how you will mark the Nov. 4 ballot and have turned attention to things other than political. But wait - if so, you might be surprised that you also need to vote on three amendments to the Georgia State Constitution and on a referendum concerning ad valorem taxes.
Dawson County is blessed with beautiful trees.We are reminded of their beauty each fall as leaves change from green to yellows and reds. Trees do much more than add color to our world. They provide shade, reduce erosion of soil and help clean our air.
I'm not as up to speed as I should be on voodoo.
I know winter is not officially here; however, it is time to prepare our landscape for the winter months ahead.
One of my colleagues asked this week, in a sort of rhetorical way, why people make the annual pilgrimage to the mountains to look at leaves.
"Mama, can I talk to you?" Cole asked me quietly one evening.
Hydrangeas are a staple in most southern gardens. Bigleaf hydrangeas, also known as Japanese, French and snowball hydrangeas, bloom in colors of blue, pink or different shades in between. Did you know that the bloom color of hydrangea can be changed?
Dawson County 4-H Club, All Animals Veterinary Hospital and Dawsonville Veterinary Hospital will be holding an annual rabies clinic on April 26.
Angel Doodle is not a good girl. She likes it that way. The little caramel colored pittie mix doesn't even pretend to be good.
I inherited my pack-rat tendencies from Granny, along with the dusting allergy.
Gardeners who have camellia plants are probably familiar with tea scale. Tea scale is a small insect around 1/10th of an inch long that resides on the undersides of the leaves of camellias, hollies and a few other host plants. These tiny insects damage plants by sucking out juices inside the leaves. Heavy infestations can severely damage affected plants, resulting in major leaf drop and occasionally plant death if not properly treated.
Mama doesn't care for the notion of karma.
Swiss chard seems to be quickly becoming a favorite vegetable of many home gardeners. It is actually a member of the beet family that is grown for its edible leaves and stalks. Swiss chard leaves can be eaten raw in salads or cooked similar to spinach, and the colorful stems can be cooked many ways.
Honestly, I thought she would live forever.
I've been called bossy before. When I was younger, I think there were more comparisons to Lucy from "Peanuts" than to any fairy tale princesses or damsels in distress. Bossy, assertive, stood up for myself - those are not traits a girl is supposed to possess.
Have you ever noticed several small holes and mounds in your lawn? At first glance, this may seem like insect damage, but chances are they were earthworm holes. The mounds surrounding the hole openings are earthworm castings.
Those of you who have read my columns over the years - -and there have been lots of years-- may find this one repetitive, but I'm inspired to do it again. And perhaps something will strike a responsive chord.
My scales broke.
I am starting to think Julia Sugarbaker was right. This is the South, and we don't ask if you've got crazy folks in your family, we ask which side are they on.
A few weeks ago I wrote about preparing for crabgrass control by using pre-emergent herbicides. Many of these herbicides, as well as many fertilizers and fescue seed, can be applied to your lawn using spreaders. These devices are fairly simple and are powered by the forward push of the operator.