Not long ago, I found myself in the midst of one of life's great treasures.
I want to start today's column by thanking all of you who have been sending me tips. Without your assistance, it would be very difficult to write this column each week. If a tip I receive is not intuitively obvious, I'll test it for legitimacy. Probably half of the tips I get turn out to be bogus. Here are two that I recently received that fall into that category.
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 just call it bot canker).
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 make Gainesville a better place to live).
Trying to maintain a thick, healthy lawn in a shady, "light-challenged" location is a losing proposition.
Let's discuss the pound cake.
In her song, Aretha Franklin was explicit. Not in the parental warning kind of way, but in the honest and this-is-what-I-want way. She wanted respect. So she demanded it with a catchy tune.
The other day Cole and I were sitting around hanging out together. Out of the blue, he looked at me and said, "I want to be an adult."
Hopefully, you're enjoying a quiet July 20 while sitting down with The Times. In history, today's date hasn't always been uneventful.
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.
Hot wings, dips and other snacks are main parts of the high school, college and professional football season for fans.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, obesity is an epidemic in the United States.
I occasionally suffer from sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia. You might have it, too. And your pet could, too.
With different shades of lavender, pink, purple and red, the crape myrtle is a popular flowering tree.
Southern summers are the best.
Nothing brings a summer garden to life the way butterflies do.
I came home late, because Amy had given me a night to myself.
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