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Archive By Author - Michael Wheeler


Wheeler: Time to plant spring bulbs

October marks the opening of planting season for spring flowering bulbs. The best time to plant is when soil temperatures fall below 60 F degrees, usually October to early November.

September 21, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wheeler: Do’s and don’ts of wildlife food plots

Wildlife food plots are a great way to enhance the quality and number of animals on your property. Many people plant food plots to increase their chances of viewing wildlife on their property.

September 13, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: Long-term farm bill needed from Congress

Sometimes people cannot see the forest for the trees. This is the case with some legislation on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives that is considered to be a quick-fix solution for not having a long-term farm bill in place. It is to be considered by the Senate next.

September 12, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Wheeler: Tips to calibrate your lawn spreader

This is the time of year many of you are probably thinking about fertilizing or renovating your lawn. The only way to see what your lawn requires, as far as fertilizer is concerned, is to pull a soil sample and let the Extension office send it off for analysis. Otherwise you are just guessing.

September 07, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wheeler: Mosquito control is essential

This has been an interesting year. We had a winter that was pretty much a cold spring and a summer that has been as hot as most could remember.

August 31, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wheeler: Pick the right time to overseed lawn in fall

For most of us, fall is for college football (go Dawgs!), cool, crisp air in the mountains, and raking leaves that fall and seem to get everywhere.

August 24, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wheeler: Using native plants in the landscape has many benefits

The choices of plants for the garden are endless. It seems these days you can get almost anything you would want to plant in your landscape. There are so many in fact ,you can make your landscape into any type of garden.

August 17, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wheeler: Dealing with nuisance wildlife requires some research

This is a topic that is full of opinion. A cute and cuddly critter to one person is sometimes a pest to another, or what begins as a cute animal turns into a pest after it ate your prize-winning roses or created $1,000 worth of damage to the garage or attic.

August 10, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wheeler: Follow guidelines for saving vegetable seed

During this time of year there is revived interest in saving seeds from the garden.

August 02, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: Feeling effects of supply and demand from drought

With record drought in the Midwest driving up feed prices, consumers can expect to pay more for their poultry.

August 01, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Wheeler: Leaf spots in landscapes can signal disease

Georgia's weather is funny, and it can change on a dime. Just a few weeks ago, the area was in a dire need of rain. But now we have been getting it and are not in such of a pinch.

July 27, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wheeler: Take time to read, learn about pesticides

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. It was a costly mistake, and one that I am sure he will not do again. If he had taken time to learn about the herbicide, he would not have to replace his lawn now.

July 20, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: Food prices forecast to rise worldwide

It seems to never end: Prices on things we need continue to increase. The same is projected to be true for food prices over the next decade, according to the United Nations. Increased demand for meat and other foods from developing countries, with slowed production, will be one of the driving forces behind the increases.

July 18, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Wheeler: Controlling yellow jackets

Yellow jackets.

July 13, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wheeler: Fielding residents’ questions from the extension office

Every week at the extension office we are presented with diverse questions. Being able to help people solve problems is one of the best parts of the job.

July 06, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


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Keep your poinsettias looking great all season long

Poinsettias are a native to Mexico and can be seen growing in the wild of their native land. But thanks to the first U.S. ambassador, Joel Poinesett, the plant made its way to the United States when he sent some cuttings back home to South Carolina.

December 19, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Keep your Christmas tree fresh

During this time of year, everyone is busy buying gifts for loved ones and friends, going to Christmas parties and enjoying the magic of the holiday season and its effect on children and grandchildren.

December 05, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Controlling squirrel population around 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 21, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


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