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Archive By Author - Michael Wheeler


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


Mosquito control made easy with garden products

The worst thing you can add to a picnic or outdoor party is a mosquito. Not just one mosquito, but a whole swarm of mosquitoes.

July 18, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: Melon crop for 2014 looks good

Tradition in the South is important, and of all the summertime traditions like beach vacations, family reunions and going to the farmers' market, finding the perfect watermelon is a real treat for most of us.

July 17, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Staving off worms from summer corn

Sweet corn in the summertime is probably everyone's favorite home garden vegetable. But do not let your hard efforts of growing it go to waste by ending up with wormy corn.

July 04, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Millipede migration now in full swing

Extension offices around Northeast Georgia have been buzzing with calls about all sorts of problems and issues, but the one problem high on the list is millipedes in the house.

June 20, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Control the spittlebug population in evergreen trees

During the past few days, the office has received a fair number of calls, emails and visits from residents wondering about little foamy masses on the tips of evergreen trees such as the Leyland cypress.

June 06, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Life top stories


Controlling brown patch on turf grasses

No doubt, brown patch is the most damaging disease of warm-season turf grasses in Georgia.

May 23, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: Ag secretary highlights trade breakthroughs with Mexico

Georgia and the rest of the country continue to benefit from healthy trade relations with Mexico.

May 21, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Summer means fresh food, sharing the bounty

Well folks, we have crossed over another milestone in our trip around the sun. It is officially planting season.

May 09, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: Farm expenses increase 43 percent in five years

It seems cash flow on both sides of the table has increased, but farming is still a tough business to be in.

May 07, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Design garden to attract animals or reduce noise

People are certainly interested in improving the environment and one of the best places to start is in your own backyard.

April 25, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


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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


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