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Archive By Author - Michael Wheeler


Keep those Valentine’s Day flowers fresh longer

Valentine's Day is not only all about romance and significant others, but it is about reflecting on all of those whom you care for in your life such as siblings, parents, close friends and even pets.

February 13, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Combat compact soil that’s robbing plants of nutrients

Over time the soil beneath our lawns can become as hard as a brick due to soil compaction. This reduces pore space and increases soil density, resulting in problems for any gardener.

January 30, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Learning soil’s pH levels can lead to better gardens

If you have ever come into my office to ask a question about how to grow a garden, fix a production issue or renovate a pasture, one of the first things I request is a soil sample.

January 16, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Clean out dirty chimneys to prevent potential fires

We really never think about it, but chimney maintenance is important. Especially since a house fire from a badly maintained chimney is 100 percent preventable.

January 02, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Keep your poinsettias looking great all season long

Poinsettias are a native to Mexico and can be seen growing in the wild of their native land. But thanks to the first U.S. ambassador, Joel Poinesett, the plant made its way to the United States when he sent some cuttings back home to South Carolina.

December 19, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Keep your Christmas tree fresh

During this time of year, everyone is busy buying gifts for loved ones and friends, going to Christmas parties and enjoying the magic of the holiday season and its effect on children and grandchildren.

December 05, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Controlling squirrel population around your house

Squirrels around the house can be a blessing or a curse. It all depends on whether or not the squirrel has made it to your attic.

November 21, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Mother Nature’s gift of the fall season: leaves

Mother Nature is in a gift-giving mood this time of year.

November 07, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Life top stories


Clean and maintain your tools

Preventive maintenance is so important to any aspect of life, whether it's your health or equipment.

October 24, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Think ahead to strawberry season and plant now

Strawberries are definitely a spring and early summer fruit, so why talk about them in October? Well this is the best time of year to plant them.

October 10, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Planting a tree with care increases chance of survival

For gardeners, there is nothing better than putting new plants into a landscape. The end product is eye-appealing and rewards you with the beauty of nature.

September 26, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


1, 2, 3s of overseeding lawn for year-round green

For most of us, the fall is the time of year for college football (GO DAWGS!), cool, crisp air in the mountains and raking leaves that seem to get everywhere. It is also a time of year when many people consider overseeding their warm season lawns to produce a green carpet of grass all year long.

September 12, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Handling the nuisance of webworms and their nests

It has begun. The annual appearance of webbing in trees along the roadways and woods in the county has started.

August 29, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Resolving pest problems

One man or woman's cute and cuddly critter is another person's pest. Or sometimes what begins as a cute animal turns into a pest after it eats your prize-winning roses or caused $1,000 in damage to the garage or attic.

August 15, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Controlling the tick population

If there is one thing that causes people to be squeamish, ticks will usually do it. No one likes the idea of something crawling on them, and I do not know anyone who wants to be a source of food either.

August 01, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


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Controlling moss and algae in turf

As turf grass areas occasionally begin to thin out, moss and algae begin to form because conditions for growing dense, healthy turf have declined.

February 27, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


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