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Hall Extension: Tips to keep the ticks off you

If there is one thing that causes people to become squeamish, ticks will usually do it. No one likes the idea of something crawling on them.

July 22, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


UGA study investigates impact of farm labor shortages

Changes in certain policies affecting farm labor and improved business strategies are needed to help farmers weather farm labor shortages, says a University of Georgia agricultural economist.

July 21, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Hall Extension: Japanese beetle is a stomach with wings

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

July 15, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Hall Extension: Science fiction or slime mold?

The Extension office is an interesting place to work. One of the great things about it, is the people we get to meet and help.

July 07, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Georgia tobacco gets a surprise bump

For many years, Georgia's tobacco industry has been declining. And this year looked to be its lowest point, but demand for U.S. tobacco in Asia has given Georgia tobacco farmers what could be a much-needed lift.

July 06, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Hall Extension: Stressed tree — Should it stay or should it go?

Over the past few days, I have received a number of phone calls about trees, and whether or not they should be taken out or left. Much of the concern has been due to the weather we have had over the past couple of weeks.

July 01, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Hall Extension: Tips on growing sweet corn in your garden

There are a lot of things that let me know that summertime is back: barbecues, spending time at the pool with the kids and the smell of gardenias. But the one telltale is seeing stalks of corn emerge from everyone's vegetable garden.

June 24, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Help local farmers, economy by going to farmers markets

The farmers markets in Hall County are all up and going and are doing quite well even though the weather has been less than ideal. This hot, dry weather has created some challenges for most of the growers, but they are still able to grow vegetables successfully.

June 22, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Leyland cypress can succumb to disease

Leyland cypress has become one of the more popular trees for homeowners and landscapers to use over the past few years.

June 16, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Hall Extension: Tips to help your garden weather the heat

Summer in Georgia is always an interesting time of year. It seems we go from one extreme to another. Just a few weeks ago, we were relatively cool and had what seemed to be plenty of moisture in the ground. But today, we are in desperate need of some rain, and if shade was a commodity that could be sold on the open market, it would be going for a hefty price.

June 10, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Bees are an important part of our daily lives

It's hard to imagine that our lives, and the quality of life we enjoy, have a lot to do with an insect.

June 03, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Hall Extension: Control turf moss and algae

Occasionally turfgrasses begin to thin out, and moss and algae begin to form. These primitive plants develop because conditions for growing dense, healthy turf have declined.

May 26, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Hall Extension: How to change color of your hydrangea

Since it was discovered that the flower color of the common garden hydrangea could be changed by changing soil pH, homeowners have enjoyed practicing such horticultural wizardry and impressing their friends and neighbors.

May 20, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Act now to control brown patch on turfgrasses

No doubt about it, brown patch is the most damaging disease of warm-season turfgrasses in Georgia. Many turfgrasses, including, tall fescue, zoysia grass and bermuda grass, are susceptible to this fungal disease.

May 13, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Douse the lights to ward off black beetles

I have already had a call about the black scarab beetle this year, and seeing how they caused such a problem for a lot of Georgians last year, I wanted to touch on the subject.

May 06, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


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For fertilizer application, quantity and timing are important

When it comes to common questions asked at the office, the one I have most often is about lawns and when to fertilize them.

April 11, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


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