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Decide now whether your grass will go thirsty

Most Georgia lawns have had plenty of rain in the past few months, but the hot, potentially dry months of summer are ahead. Without adequate moisture, plants cannot function normally and can become predisposed to other stresses in the environment, such as winter injury or diseases.

May 27, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


A little planning will keep the bugs away

There is one big drawback to growing plants in our climate - pests enjoy the same conditions our plants do.

May 20, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Skaggs: Turf Field Day comes to Gainesville June 16

It's a common site across North Georgia: landscape and lawn maintenance employees hard at work in both commercial and residential areas.

May 19, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Business


Foliage can brighten up any landscape

The dazzling array of foliage plants available for your summer landscape can leave you wondering where you will find room for flowers.

May 13, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Vegetable questions? We have answers

How should I properly water my vegetable garden?

May 06, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Skaggs: AgrAbility offers help to injured farmers

Farm safety is a serious issue in the United States. The annual death rate for farm workers involving on-farm accidents is 20.3 per 100,000 workers nationally. Forty-six percent of all farm fatalities are from the use of farm tractors and implements used with tractors.

May 06, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Business


Harvest some rain and save on your bill

Thankfully, Lake Lanier is in good shape and the drought of 2008 and 2009 appears to be over.

April 29, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Skaggs: Keep an eye out for these tomato pests

This year more than ever before, area residents could not wait to get their gardens planted. And for even the novice gardeners, everyone wants to try their hand at growing tomatoes.

April 22, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Skaggs: Stewardship Week puts focus on conservation

The Hall County Soil & Water Conservation District encourages you to think about your personal responsibility to be a good steward of natural resources during its annual Stewardship Week celebration. The National Association of Conservation Districts has proclaimed April 25–May 2 as Stewardship Week, marking the 55th year of the national event.

April 21, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Business


Skaggs: These 4 staples will enhance your garden

Now that mid-April is here, it's time to get to work in the vegetable garden. If you're planting veggies for the first time, plan to include beans, corn, tomatoes and eggplant in your first garden.

April 15, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Skaggs: Nothing boring about these bees

The carpenter bee (Xylocopa virginica) normally attracts quite a bit of attention during the spring in Georgia. It resembles the bumble bee, but it's larger and attacks wood around homes, making it a household and structural pest.

April 08, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Skaggs: Agriculture breakfast to honor Hall farm standouts

Many may find it hard to believe, but agriculture is among the largest industries in Hall County. Hall County agriculture accounted for more than $260 million in farm income in 2009. And in Georgia, agriculture is the No. 1 industry by far, representing more than $10 billion in farm income in 2009.

April 07, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Business


Skaggs: Before you start in the garden, hit the expo

After the bitter cold temperatures, ice and snow of this past winter, I fully expect spring fever to be rampant this year. Spring is an exciting time of year for those of us who consider ourselves gardeners. We cannot wait to get outside to dig, prune, plant and mow.

April 01, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Skaggs: Plan your plants to bloom all season

The normal way of buying flowering plants tends to produce landscapes with three stages every spring: a flash of bountiful flowers, a fizzle and wait-till-next-year.

March 25, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Skaggs: Thank a Master Gardener

Since 1979, almost 5,000 people across the state have worked for the University of Georgia without a paycheck.

March 18, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


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