Home and Garden


DALY: Keeping troublesome pests out of your home

Reduce the likelihood of insects getting into your home. Seal any cracks or crevices as well as gaps between pipes and wires going into your home

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DALY: If given proper care, apple trees will produce abundantly

Though they can be challenging, apple trees can definitely be grown in the home landscape. If given proper maintenance, they will bear fruit.

DALY: Ferns are attractive plants that thrive in the shade

Although frequently overlooked by homeowners, ferns are a valuable asset. Once established, they require minimal maintenance and add interest to the garden. Consider adding some ferns to your home landscape and enjoy their beauty.

DALY: Propagating plants by cuttings are relatively easy

Propagating plants is an easy way to obtain more plants to use to beautify your home landscape. If you have a plant you desire more of or if someone else has plant material you would like, consider snipping off some cuttings and trying to root them.

DALY: Now is a good time to transplant trees and shrubs

Do you have trees and shrubs in your landscape that you feel would be more attractive in another place? Are you considering moving them? Transplanting established plant material is a low-cost way of changing the appearance of your home landscape.

DALY: Azaleas, grass sod, and poison ivy concerns

Home and Garden columnist Tim Daly answeres questions about various concerns of the season.

DALY: Put the right plant in the right place

By selecting plants that are suited to the site where they will be planted, many troubles can be avoided. The plants will be healthier, more attractive, fit their site better, be easier to maintain, and be less prone to insect and disease problems.

DALY: Avoid transporting firewood long distances to prevent spreading invasive tree insects

Although many homes have gas fireplaces, wood is used in others. When getting wood for it, you should only use local sources.

DALY: What are cranberries and where do they come from?

With the holiday season upon us, many of us are planning our holiday dinners with family and friends. Turkey, dressing, casseroles are among everyone’s favorite. One of the most popular holiday dishes is cranberry sauce with its sweet-sour taste.

DALY: Keeping rodents out of your home

An infestation of rats or mice can be disturbing to the homeowner. However, employing a combination of preventative measures and using the proper controls will help bring the problem under control.

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DALY: The naming of plants

Frequently the Extension office receives pictures of plants from residents sent by email or sometimes the plant is physically brought into the office for identification. Some are familiar and can be easily identified, while others are a challenge. Certain plants can be of different species but have similar appearances. The naming of plants is difficult, but all have some common characteristics.

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DALY: Pecans challenging, but rewarding to grow

With some patience and perseverance, you can have a crop of pecans most years.

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DALY: Deterring deer from garden plants

As our county becomes more urbanized, deer and human interest will continue to be in conflict. While nothing will eliminate their presence, several tactics can be used to reduce their detrimental impact on the home landscape

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DALY: Native plants have many advantages in the landscape

The state of Georgia is one of the most botanically diverse states. Close to 3,000 species of plants are native to Georgia, ranging from small wildflowers to large trees. These plants have many advantages over non-native species and tend to be more resistant to environmental extremes and pests.

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DALY: Answering questions about fertilizing lawns, pine beetles and spring flowering bulbs

Bermudagrass is a warm-season grass, as are zoysiagrass, centipedegrass and St. Augustinegrass. They thrive during the growing season but turn brown and go dormant until the next spring.