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DALY: Mysterious webs in trees the result of the fall webworm

Many residents are observing a web-like material that has appeared in their trees and are concerned as to whether it will harm them. The cause is the fall webworm, a caterpillar that is quite common in the late summer and fall.

DALY: Many lawns troubled by armyworms

Recently, many homeowners have noticed caterpillars feasting on their lawns. These insects are armyworms, and in some cases they can damage lawns rapidly.

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DALY: Take action now to reduce winter weeds in the lawn

While there is no way to prevent every weed from germinating, the application of pre-emergent herbicides combined with the appropriate cultural practices can reduce their infestation during the winter.

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Boy Scout honors grandfather’s memory with garden

Michael Habetler recruited 12 fellow Scouts to help install six new, elevated garden beds at the community garden in Snellville’s Briscoe Park, honoring his grandfather Steve Penzkowski, who died in 2010.

DALY: Many vegetables thrive in cooler weather

Even though the weather will be turning colder in the next few months, several vegetables grow well under such conditions. Consider planting some and reaping the harvest.

DALY: How to keep snails and slugs from feasting on your garden plants

During the growing season, gardeners are often troubled by snails and slugs. These organisms have slimy soft bodies, live on the ground, feast on plants, and can be quite destructive. Although troublesome, they can be controlled and their damaged minimized.

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Lawrenceville man shoots for world record tomato plant

Lawrenceville resident Brad Richner is just four and a half feet away from being in the Guiness Book of World Records.

DALY: Herbs are a flavorful addition to the vegetable garden

One of the most interesting and enjoyable plants are the herbs. They have leaves, stems and sometimes seeds that are used for fragrance, and flavoring foods. They are a good substitute for salt

DALY: Questions about ambrosia beetles, pesticide labels and lawnmowers

Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do to control Asian ambrosia beetles once they are inside of the tree. Since they eat the fungus and not the wood, using a systemic insecticide, such as some of the Bayer Advanced products, will not control them

DALY: Avoid using plants with invasive tendencies

Kudzu, privet and Japanese honeysuckle are some well-known invasive plants. However, common ornamental landscape plants can also have invasive characteristics.

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DALY: Rescuing tomatoes in distress

The Extension office receives more calls from residents on tomatoes than any other vegetable. The plants suffer from a variety of diseases and disorders.

DALY: Bermudagrass one of the best turfgrasses for our area

The lawns in our area consist of several different species of turfgrasses. All have advantages and disadvantages. One of the most popular among homeowners is bermudagrass, and it comprises the majority of the lawns in the county.

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DALY: Answers about mushrooms, moss, and spots on tree leaves

The Extension office receives a multitude of calls from residents who have questions on a variety of issues of concern to them. Frequently, we receive multiple calls inquiring on how to solve the same or similar issues. Periodically this column will address some of the most common questions asked and provide answers to them that will help readers who may also be dealing with these issues.

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Tailgating pros share advice for Fourth of July grillers | VIDEO | PHOTOS

The Game Changers Tailgating Crew, known for its Smoked Dirty Bird, shares tips on grilling and smoking.

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America's 'master griller' shares five tips for grilling beginners

The Fourth of July holiday is the perfect time to fire up that grill.