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Archive By Author - Michael Wheeler


Wheeler: Establish roots for healthy shrubs, tress and flowers

If the past few days of warm weather have given you a fever to plant shrubs, trees and flowers in the yard, then you are not alone.

March 02, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wheeler: Carefully plan your garden site

Choosing a garden site is one of the most important decisions any gardener will make.

February 16, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wheeler: Celebrate the numerous benefits of trees

Arbor Day in Georgia is Feb. 17 this year, and it is a great celebration of the environment, nature and trees in our community.

February 10, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wheeler: Select quality plants at the garden center

Now is one of the better times to plant new additions to our landscapes. Planting now will give trees and shrubs a better chance of getting established before the heat of summer hits like a ton of bricks.

February 03, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wheeler: Take steps to prevent blossom end rot

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

January 27, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wheeler: Grass and trees don’t always mix

Here in Hall County people are generally very passionate about their lawns. Many want a nice turfed area, even under trees. But sometimes that reality is harder to come by even when everything has been planned out perfectly.

January 20, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Blackberries are a Southern favorite

Blackberries are one of the South's favorite fruits. At one time, there were almost unlimited wild blackberries and dewberries (the blackberry's trailing cousin) to be had growing along fence rows and in abandoned fields.

January 13, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wheeler: Planting mistakes can ruin landscape plants

You invest a lot of money and high hopes in landscape plants. You certainly do not want them to fizzle when you get them in the ground.

January 06, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wheeler: Planting trees in dead of winter is OK

If you just cannot wait to plant that special landscape tree, why wait? In Georgia, the dead of winter is not all that dead. During the winter, roots continue to grow as they really do not have a dormant period in Georgia.

December 30, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wheeler: Test your soil now to prepare for spring gardening

So the garden has stopped producing, and everything has been bitten by a couple of hard frosts this fall. You might be thinking there is not much to do in the garden this time of year.

December 23, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: Farm Bureau backs bill to prevent dust limits

The American Farm Bureau Federation is urging congressional members to pass H.R. 1633, the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act. It faces a House vote this week.

December 22, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Wheeler: Maintaining your Christmas tree will keep it beautiful and safe

It is during this time of year that everyone is busy buying gifts for loved ones and friends, going to Christmas parties and enjoying the magic of the holiday season work on their children and grandchildren. With all of this going on, it is easy to forget to keep an eye out for the condition of your Christmas tree.

December 16, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wheeler: Keep poinsettias looking great through the holidays

A popular Christmas plant, poinsettias are actually native to Mexico and can be seen growing in the wild of their native land.

December 09, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: Poultry, livestock support soybean industry

The Soybean Checkoff, which collects money and then invests it to advance soybean marketing and production technology, talks a lot about U.S. soybean farmers' No. 1 customers - poultry and livestock farmers.

December 08, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Wheeler: Control squirrels in 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 25, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


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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


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