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DALY: Contrary to popular beliefs, most insects are harmless

Insects are very diverse, and most species are not detrimental. They provide us with food, control harmful insects and help break down dead organic matter. So next time you encounter insects, even the bad ones, realize they are in the minority and that many others are beneficial.

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DALY: Proper mowing techniques keep lawns healthy and attractive

Correct mowing is an important factor of lawn care. Make sure the lawn is mowed at the correct height and frequency using a sharp blade. Doing so will help ensure a healthy and attractive lawn.

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DALY: Reduce water pollution by using proper landscape practices

You do not have to choose between having an attractive home landscape and protecting water quality. Both goals can be achieved by using chemical pesticides properly and only when needed, managing the application of fertilizers and keeping organic wastes out of the water drainage system.

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Local woman has love of daylilies

The first day of summer means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. To Dorothy Moon, it's a time when her vast variety of daylilies are in full bloom: an expansive strip of vibrant colors that line much of the family's front yard.

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DALY: Separating fact from fiction in organic gardening

Always remember that even if a product is considered to be organic, it is still a pesticide. Exercise caution when using these products. Some organic pesticides are as toxic as or even more so than many synthetic chemical pesticides. Organic gardening has both its positives and negatives. Understanding the basics of this practice and what it involves will help you succeed in having healthy, productive plants.

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DALY: Centipedegrass is not the lazy man's grass

Even though centipedegrass is a relatively easy grass to manage, it does need appropriate maintenance for it to be healthy and attractive. If given the necessary care, it will provide you with an attractive lawn.

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DALY: Roses are well worth the extra effort

If you are willing to do a little extra work in your garden, roses will produce attractive colorful blooms throughout the growing season. Their display of beauty is why roses are among the most favorite of garden plants.

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Local farmers markets back in swing

Across the county, locals are buying fresh produce and other products at Gwinnett's farmers markets.

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DALY: Scented geraniums add fragrance to the garden

Scented geraniums are low-maintenance plants with attractive features that add fragrance to the garden throughout the growing season. They might be the perfect plants to provide extra interest in your garden this year.

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DALY: If given proper care, tomatoes will produce an abundant harvest

Using proper cultural practices and planting disease resistant varieties will produce healthy, tasty tomatoes in the garden throughout the growing season. They are often the most prized vegetable; no garden would be complete without them.

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DALY: Zoysia makes an attractive and durable lawn

If you are willing to make the investment and provide the appropriate care, consider growing Zoysia. It will thrive and beautify the home landscape. With Zoysia, your lawn can be the envy of the neighborhood.

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DALY: Heirloom vegetables valued for superior flavor

Heirloom plants are definitely worth planting. If properly stored, their seeds can provide vegetables with the same desirable traits year after year.

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DALY: Keeping carpenter bees away from your home

Although carpenter bees can be pestiferous, by taking a few simple steps, their damage can be reduced.

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DALY: If you lack space for a vegetable garden, consider using containers

Even with have limited space, growing vegetables in containers can be quite rewarding. If given proper care, they will provide a bountiful harvest.

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DALY: The native dogwood colors the spring landscape

Dogwoods are a delightful addition to the landscape. Under the right growing conditions, they will thrive and produce attractive blooms in the spring.