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Got shade? Try growing some moss

I'm often asked how to control moss in the lawn. Being a 'turf guy,' I can appreciate the fact that most of us (men that is) really want a good-looking lawn. However, sometimes it's just not possible - as is the case in dense shade.

October 14, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Skaggs: Sunbelt Expo is a must-see for farmers

Catch a glimpse of farming in the future this October at the South's biggest and best farm show. The Sunbelt Expo is the world's largest farm show with on-site row crops and field demonstrations. During the show's three days Oct. 19-21, the latest technology from the agricultural industry will be on full display near Moultrie for all to see and evaluate.

October 08, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Business


Fall is here: It is time for pansies!

Now that daytime temperatures are cooling down, perhaps fall has finally arrived. With the arrival of fall also comes the arrival of pansies - one of my favorite winter annuals.

October 08, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Life


Dooley’s new book a must-read for gardeners and football fans

These days, it's not quite as much fun to be a Georgia Bulldog. Our beloved Bulldogs are off to a 1-3 start and the season is stacking up to be the toughest of coach Mark Richt's tenure.

October 01, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Colorful fall annuals brighten beds, containers

As the curtain falls on the summer show of garden blooms, it's time to gear up for the fall preview. Several hardy annual varieties weather Georgia winters to keep landscapes colorful until spring arrives.

September 24, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Agritourism conference to focus on growing business Nov. 3-5 in Dillard

The 2010 Georgia Agritourism Conference, "Play, Learn, Grow," is set for Nov. 3-5 at the Dillard House in Rabun County. The conference celebrates the newly formed Georgia Agritourism Association and will include the organization's first official meeting.

September 23, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Business


Fall Garden Expo is a plant lover’s delight

Fall is upon us, and it won't be long before the dogwoods, redbuds and maples begin to show off their fall color. But while you're making plans to admire the colorful fall foliage, why not plant your own?

September 17, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


September means fescue reseeding time is near

Fescue lawns across North Georgia have suffered tremendously this year due to the extreme heat. If you're fescue lawn is like mine, it's probably looking rather "tired" right now. Even with ample irrigation, tall fescue lawns often thin out and need reseeding.

September 10, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Skaggs: Raise a drumstick to toast National Chicken Month

Recently, I was fortunate to attend the Georgia Poultry Federation's annual Night of Knights, a celebration of the state's largest agricultural commodity. Night of Knights was attended by more than 2,000 Poultry Federation members, supporters and leaders.

September 09, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Business


Plan your spring garden now with bulbs in fall

A beautiful spring flower garden starts this fall if you'd like bulbs to be a part of it. Nothing could be more simple or rewarding than growing colorful tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and other great varieties.

September 03, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Garden masters seek new green thumbs

For the past 30 years, more than 5,500 people across the state have worked for the University of Georgia and never received a paycheck. As graduates of the UGA College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences Master Gardener Program, they volunteer their time to assist local county extension agents across Georgia.

August 27, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Skaggs: Accurate frost data is vital to fall farm decisions

This week, I received a call from a local farmer who wanted to know how late into the year the farmers market would be open. As I often do, I gave him the standard county agent answer: "well, it depends ..."

August 26, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Business


Armyworms marching through lawns and pastures

Over the last few weeks, the extension office has received numerous calls from anxious homeowners and frustrated farmers regarding the dreaded fall armyworm.

August 20, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Drainage issues can cause major landscape problems

The process of designing and planting a beautiful landscape, then watching healthy plants grow into maturity can be a rewarding experience. However, the path to a healthy landscape is not always an easy one, especially if poor drainage is a problem.

August 13, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Skaggs: Healthy, locally-grown food available at area farmers markets

Throughout the summer, I have the pleasure of frequently visiting the farmers markets in our area.

August 12, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Business


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