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Beat the heat in the garden

Summer in Georgia is always an interesting time of year. It seems we go from one extreme to another.

June 02, 2017 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Follow these tips to control snakes around your house

People have been attracted and repulsed by snakes ever since the dawn of time. Not too many animals in the world get such an emotional response than they do when found in the woods or around the house.

May 19, 2017 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Keep your lawn happy even during height of summer

Lawns and springtime go hand in hand for many people in the Gainesville and Hall County area.

May 04, 2017 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Pollen gives people itchy eyes as well as honey, fruit and flowers

If the warm temperatures and abundance of azalea blooms were not enough to clue you in that spring is here, itchy eyes and sinus pressure definitely have done so.

April 20, 2017 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Friend of foe? What are the pros and cons of ground bees

Spring has sprung and bees are buzzing the air and ground.

April 07, 2017 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


What to do for your plants after a hard freeze

Well, we have gotten through this freeze and it's time to figure out what got damaged and what did not.

March 24, 2017 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Soil temperatures not yet ready for spring planting

Editor's note: GeorgiaFACES news editor Sharon Dowdy of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences contributed to this column.

March 09, 2017 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Tips for controlling moss and algae in turfgrass

The primitive plants of moss and algae begin to form as turfgrass areas begin to thin out. This happens because conditions for growing dense, healthy turf have declined.

February 23, 2017 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Stop blossom end rot disorder before you plant

I see it year after year in the Hall County Extension office. Clients come in wondering what to do about their tomatoes or peppers that are being laid to waste by disease.

February 09, 2017 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Differences between pruning in spring and winter

Contrary to popular belief, late fall and early winter is not the time for pruning. Now is the time to prune ornamentals or shrubs.

January 27, 2017 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Tips on being smart with water usage for your yard

Having a water-smart landscape is more than just having a water-efficient irrigation system. It is about looking at your landscape and changing your gardening practices to improve water use.

January 13, 2017 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Time to plant your blackberry bushes

At one time, an almost unlimited number of wild blackberries and dewberries (the blackberries trailing cousin) were growing along fence rows and in abandoned fields. Many of these sites have been destroyed or are now posted. But each spring I still see couples on the roadsides pickin' berries.

December 30, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Life top stories


Planting trees in the dead of winter is all right

There is no reason to wait until spring to plant a special landscape tree.

December 15, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Life top stories


Michael Wheeler: Drought conditions still a factor despite two rainy days

This is one of the worst droughts I can remember. And according to a lot of other folks, this one sure does take the cake on how much damage it has caused during the past few months.

December 01, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Insects invade households when cold weather arrives

Fall is the time when insects may enter homes and buildings from the surrounding landscape looking for a nice place to overwinter.

November 17, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


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Michael Wheeler: Be on the lookout for leaf spots in the landscapes

Georgia's weather is funny, and it does not take long for it to change on a dime. Spring was warm and wet and now ...

June 16, 2017 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


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