Question: The tips of several branches on my Leyland cypress have turned brown. Is this insect damage or some kind of disease, and how should I treat it?Answer: There are two diseases of Leyland cypress that cause branches to turn brown and die on otherwise healthy-looking trees. The most common of these is bot canker, caused by the fungus Botryosphaeria dothidea (you can see why they ...
Each year, green industry professionals from throughout Georgia select a slate of outstanding ornamental plants in five categories: annual flower, herbaceous perennial, vine, shrub and tree.
Writing about wine is a dirty job. But, somebody has to stand up and embrace the responsibility.
One day I ran into my precious second-grade teacher, Mrs. Rudeseal, in what used to be called the dime store but in these times of economic advancement is now called the dollar store.
Both partners in a marriage are equally responsible for nurturing the relationship and "keeping the spark alive."
I'll remember Friday for a long time. It's a day that I'll remember because it's a day when two significant events occurred.
Do you hate getting calls where the caller ID shows, "Private Number" or "Unknown?" Odds are it's either a sales call or something worse. Here's a neat trick to block these types of calls. Simply dial *77 on your phone. The service will automatically block them. To turn the service off, simply dial *87. Check with your phone service provider to see if there's a charge. (Whatever the charge, it's worth it!)
In last week's article, I discussed the plight of those lawn and garden enthusiasts who have, some for many years, tried to grow grass in the shade. If you've attempted to establish a lawn in a shady location, you understand where I'm coming from.
Currently most Americans consume less than a single serving of whole grains daily. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005 diet recommends eating 6 ounces of grain products every day, and at least half (3 ounces) of this amount should be whole grains.
How much weight can you lose eating Big Macs? A new best-selling diet book called "Eat This, Not That" has a Big Mac and a Whopper on its cover, with the happy arrow pointing at the Big Mac under the promise of "Thousands of simple food swaps that can save you 10, 20, 30 pounds - or more!"
Just as I tore past them, hurrying - always hurrying - into the small general store, I heard the old man speak to the younger one sitting beside him.
Does your father or husband suffer from "plumbers' butt"? This is the condition where a man's T-shirt is too short. When they bend over, the world gets to see part of their backside. It's not a pretty sight. Here's the solution. Got to Duluth Trading, where they have special T-shirts designed to combat this problem. The T-shirts have an extra three inches in length! (I'm just doing my part to ...
Trying to maintain a thick, healthy lawn in a shady, "light-challenged" location is a losing proposition.
How convenient that this time of year Taco Bell is featuring its lighter fat, lighter calorie "Fresco" menu. Yes, this is the same franchise that also promotes eating four meals a day and stuffing your stomach for 99 cents (both of which we Lunch Guys fully support).
I love fresh vegetables, but they are not as plentiful or as affordable in winter. But thank goodness for winter squash.
Our homes would not be complete without a few classic holiday plants such as poinsettias and Christmas cactuses. However, did you know these beautiful plants have been decorating homes for the holidays since the 1800s?
Christmas is a time of iconic films such as "Miracles on 34th Street," "A Christmas Story" and "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation." In order to find a Christmas movie I had never seen before, I had to go all the way back to 1949 for this month's "From the film archives" column.
It's a tough time of year for fruits and vegetables.
A few days ago, Amy brought home two copies of the same children's magazine for Chloe and Cole.
Gregor Mendel was a rebel, but not like James Dean or the Sex Pistols.
When Germany's Elbe River flooded in May this year, Hamburg and other communities along the waterway felt reminded of the catastrophic storm flood of February 1962. I remember TV images of people clinging to rooftops that were the only portions of houses still above the water.
During the past few years, many folks have gone to living off the grid.
Want a Ferrari for Christmas? You can have one. It's easy.
I have two white stars on my right forearm - not tattoos, scars.
Human beings are creatures of habit, and most for me are unhealthy.
Back in the 1950s, most hospitals were eerie places: Tiled walls, dimly lit hallways, gruff personnel. It would be tough to find such an old-style, stark facility in this country today.
In the fall, many trees like the maple and oak put on a showy, colorful palette for North Georgians to enjoy, but we cannot forget the beautiful evergreens that retain their leaves and needles throughout the year.
One day while we were at one of Cole's soccer games, a bee stung Chloe on her cheek.
Everyone loves plant color in the winter when everything else in the landscape seems to have browned and gone into dormancy. Therefore, now is the time to plant pansies like the pros and get those spring-blooming bulbs in the ground for next year.
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