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Skaggs: Keep foliage dry to head off plant disease

A common trait of many plant diseases is an affinity for moist, humid conditions. When plants are able to naturally dry out quickly, they are less vulnerable to diseases.

August 06, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Need a plant for the shade? Mondo, dude

I am often asked for recommendations on what grows best in the shade. In particular, many homeowners call looking for a grass that will perform well in the shade.

July 30, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Students learn from bird camp

(This article was written by Stephanie Schupska, a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)

The chicken was out cold when Brooke Chrisley tied her first surgeon's knot. Her fellow students occasionally gently pinched the bird's toe to make sure it was still anesthetized.

July 28, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Business


Proper planning prevents weeding

Many people don't like to use synthetic herbicides in the landscape. But weeds can be a big problem with many gardening practices. With organic gardening, prevention is one of the most essential ways to keep weeds out.

July 22, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Skaggs: Be aware of 3 bright, shiny leaves

Many years ago, while serving as camp chaperone, I had some unfortunate boys in my cabin who got into some poison ivy. They were covered from head to toe. Best I can determine, they must have stripped down to the boxer shorts and rolled in it!

July 15, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Skaggs: Turfgrass Field Day in Griffin teaches you to grow green

As times have changed and many of us are spending more time at work, many homeowners are turning to professional landscape and lawn care companies to keep our home's surroundings looking green and growing.

July 14, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Business


Skaggs: Don't let bunny's cute, floppy ears fool you

At the Extension office, we receive many calls from agitated gardeners on how to control pests in the landscape.

July 08, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Skaggs: Summer's heat can beat up your ornamentals

Is it just me, or does this summer seem hotter than usual? Maybe I just cannot take the heat as well as I used to. With temperatures bumping the 100 degree mark in recent weeks, it's been tough on those of us who like working in our landscapes and gardens.

July 01, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Skaggs: Forage crops a key part of Georgia agriculture

As one drives the backroads of north Georgia, the importance of agriculture becomes clear. Observant drivers and passengers will see many things: poultry houses, beef cattle, horses, fruit trees, vegetables and pasture land.

July 01, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Business


Add some color to summer with flowering shrubbery

After a burst of spring flowers, summer can be a little drab. Summer-flowering shrubs, though, can keep a lot of color in the landscape and attract butterflies and hummingbirds. With just a little planning and planting, they'll help keep the garden attractive all summer.

June 24, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Beware the attack of brown lawn spots

As a lover of grass (turfgrass that is), I have thoroughly enjoyed my fescue lawn this spring and early summer. The ample winter and spring rains had my fescue lawn and many others looking as good as ever. Other than battling some clover, its been a great year for fescue.

June 17, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Skaggs: Summer means it is finally farmers market season

For those who have not visited before, a farmers market is a huge asset to the community.

June 17, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Business


Give your veggies a lift

Those tiny vegetable transplants and seeds you planted early this spring should now be coming on strong. Soon they'll be burdened with a bounty of fresh produce. Don't jeopardize the fruits of your garden labor. Trellis those vegetables before it's too late.

June 10, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Some tomatoes grown to resist disease

The tomato is the most commonly-grown vegetable in America's backyard gardens. Unfortunately, producing big, red, juicy tomatoes requires considerable effort in preventing and controlling diseases.

June 03, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Skaggs: June honors Georgia’s cattlemen

The Georgia Beef Board and the Georgia Cattlemen's Association have proclaimed June as Georgia Beef Month. The proclamation honors Georgia's 25,000 beef producers who make up a significant portion of the state's biggest industry, agriculture.

June 02, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Business


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