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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


Keep your lawn happy with proper mowing, fertilizing

Lawns and springtime go hand-in-hand for many people in Gainesville and Hall County. For many of us, it is the gathering place for our children, family and neighbors. It's where barbecues happen and spontaneous games of Frisbee and tag are begun.

April 30, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Consider installing a few rain gardens

Storm water is usually we all don't think too much about on a day-to-day basis. When it is usually thought of, we all want it to be carried away off our streets and away from our homes.

April 22, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Prepare for the descent of the winged red-eyed ‘monsters’

In the coming weeks, much of Hall County will be invaded by a rare sight; six legged, winged creatures with red eyes. These creatures are not from a far off land or a distant planet, but they are a normal occurrence for our part of the country. Georgia's only 13-year cicada will emerge from the ground.

April 15, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribusiness: Challenges mounting for today's farmers

Farming in today's market is not for the weary. Farmers are experiencing good prices for various crops, but there is still a lot fighting against them. Between Mother Nature and global competition, farmers need to keep a thick skin in order to make it.

April 14, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Business


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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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