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Archive By Author - Michael Wheeler


Fall is the time for planting ‘spring-flowering’ bulbs

October marks the opening of the planting season for "spring-flowering" bulbs.

November 13, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Flea and tick medicine is not just for summertime

Now that October has arrived and leaves are changing color, I can finally say it is beginning to feel more like fall.

October 18, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Improving the community through a partnership and education

What do local farming, youth development, nutrition education and Master Gardeners have in common? The answer is: Hall County Cooperative Extension.

October 02, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Plant new trees, shrubs around the house this year

For gardeners, there is nothing better than putting new plants into a landscape. The end product appeals to the eyes with a rewarding look of nature's beauty.

September 18, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Farmers are the first step in environmentalism

Hall County's economy is tied directly to agriculture. Whether the agriculture is cattle, poultry, forage production, forestry, peaches, apples or other small fruits, the economy is directly affected by the success of local farmers.

September 04, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Effective ways to control and eliminate bagworms

It's that time of year when the most common question of the day is about bagworms.

August 07, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


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 out entirely.

July 24, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


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


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Michael Wheeler: How to control yellow jacket population

They are a part of summer, but I don't have to like it. And I am referring to the presence of yellow jackets.

July 14, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Life top stories


Michael Wheeler: Keep azaleas in tiptop condition by keeping pests away

When azaleas have blossomed into a big green bush but have lost their spring brilliance, it is easy to forget they are there.

June 16, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


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