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Japanese beetles are stomachs with wings

We are in that time of year again when Japanese beetles invade our gardens and landscapes with an appetite that would put most teenagers to shame.

July 10, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Beating back the squash vine borer

A vegetable garden is just not complete without summer squash growing among the tomatoes, peppers, okra and cucumbers.

June 25, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


How to prevent moss and algae from popping up in turf

As soil becomes less fertile and more compacted over time, healthy turf thins out and its growth declines.

May 29, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Tips for growing tomatoes, whether you’re a seasoned gardener or not

Homegrown vegetables are a staple for many Southerners during the summertime.

May 15, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Fight back against dogwood diseases on multiple fronts

In the past two weeks, I discussed powdery mildew and spot anthracnose, which are diseases affecting dogwoods. Therefore, this is the third and final article focusing on the details about dogwood anthracnose.

May 08, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Beware of spot anthracnose attacking dogwood trees

In my last article, I discussed powdery mildew on dogwoods. In this article, I want to talk about a different disease that can infect dogwood trees - spot anthracnose.

May 01, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Be aware: Powdery mildew plagues dogwood trees

Just the other day, I was looking at a dogwood tree at the house and saw it was in pretty good shape.

April 24, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Mosquito-eating bats under attack by fungal disease

I remember as a boy playing with all of the other neighborhood kids during the summer.

April 10, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Pulling out the weeds

If you are like most of us, then this is the time of year we all have something growing in the yard other than what you want to be growing.

April 03, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


How to save your trees damaged by winter weather

This past ice storm proved to be very interesting for a lot of people.

March 13, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


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


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


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Reading, understanding pesticide labels important

Just the other day, I received an email from a co-worker about a gentleman who used the wrong chemical on his lawn and wiped it ...

July 24, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


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