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Tim Daly

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DALY: What to do about stinging insects

Many homeowners are being troubled by stinging insects. Frequently, they will come upon their nest unknowingly and are attacked by the insects. Late summer and fall is the time of the year that these insects, which can inflict a painful sting, are most prevalent

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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: Some plants are troublesome and should be avoided

Certain plants are troublesome in the home landscape and should be avoided. You should select plants with similar characteristics that perform better and are easier to maintain.

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.

DALY: Pine beetles troubling many trees

Pine trees become more vulnerable to these insects as a result of the lack of rainfall and damage from construction activity.

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.

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.

DALY: Millipedes and centipedes: multi-legged creatures troubling homeowners

Millipedes and centipedes can be troublesome at times, especially if they find their way into your home. Certain control measures can be implemented to control them and keep them out of your home.

DALY: Butterflies enhance the aesthetics of the garden

The Gwinnett County Extension will have a class that will cover how to attract butterflies to your garden, and information about some of the most common ones in our area. It will be held on Tuesday, July 1 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Gwinnett County Extension office at 750 South Perry St. Suite 400, Lawrenceville, GA 30046.

DALY: Organic amendments are beneficial to the soil

Organic soil amendments have many positive qualities and should be, in most cases, added to existing soil. It will improve the soil’s ability to produce lush, healthy plants for your garden.

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DALY: Sweet corn is a great addition to vegetable gardens

If you would like to try something different in your vegetables garden, and have the room, plant a few rows of sweet corn. If given proper care, the plants will produce delicious fresh ears of corn the whole family can enjoy.

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DALY: Maple trees enhance the home landscape

Of the many trees available to homeowners, maples are among the best. Their ability to provide shade, fall foliage color and tolerance to difficult growing conditions make maples well suited for the home landscape. If you do not have any in your yard, consider planting some and enjoy their beauty.

DALY: Area lawns have suffered from the unseasonably cold winter

Area lawns have been impacted by the unseasonably cold temperatures of this winter. Proper maintenance of them during the growing season, such as adequate water, fertilizer, correct mowing, and pest control, will keep the turfgrass healthy and it will be more resistant to cold damage.

DALY: Several lesser known vegetables are great additions to gardens

Vegetables, such as tomatoes, squash, peppers and beans, are growing and will soon begin to yield their fruit. However, vegetable plants that are not as well-known can thrive in our climate. Jerusalem artichokes, tomatillos, chayote, and several others are among these uncommonly grown vegetables. Most are easy to grow and are seldom troubled by pests.

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DALY: Irises grace the landscape with their colorful flowers

A large number of irises are available for homeowners, and their beauty is well worth the effort. If they have the proper growing conditions and are given the appropriate care, they will thrive to produce their colorful blossoms every spring.

DALY: Rotating vegetable plants will help keep them productive

Crop rotation is a good way to improve the soil and reduce the buildup of pest populations. The process is relatively simple and has a multitude of benefits for the garden.

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DALY: Kudzu bugs creating trouble for area homeowners

Kudzu bugs are here to stay, and we will have to learn to live with their bothersome activity. Several simple steps can be taken to minimize their presence in and around your home.

DALY: What do the numbers on the fertilizer bag mean?

Remember, not all fertilizers are alike. Fertilizer choice is dependent on the type of plant material that you are growing and the type of soil where it will be grown

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DALY: Not all lawn grasses are created equal

You can have a lawn that can be the envy of the neighborhood if you are willing to make the investment and provide the appropriate care.

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DALY: Georgia Gold Medal Plants are a great addition to the home landscape

Georgia Gold Medal winners are a worthy addition to your home landscape. The plants are attractive, easy to maintain and thrive in our climate.

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DALY: Even with warmer weather, a late season freeze still possible

Resist the temptation to put out plants that are not tolerant to below freezing temperatures now. In a few weeks, the risk of a freeze will be gone, and the planting can begin.

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DALY: Although attractive, cherry trees do not perform well in our climate

Even though flowering cherries are attractive when they bloom in the spring, they are not well adapted to our area. Consider using alternative flowering trees that produce abundant blooms and are better suited to our climate.

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DALY: Japanese maples make great specimen plants

Japanese maples, if given proper care, are definitely an asset to any landscape. Their grace and beauty will be aesthetically pleasing throughout the year. They are worth the investment.

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DALY: Now is the time to prevent summer weeds in lawns

Throughout the growing season, weeds frequently trouble area lawns. The application of pre-emergent herbicides (weed killers) to prevent weed seeds from emerging is one of the best ways to control weeds in lawns.

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DALY: Proper and timely pruning promotes healthy plant growth

Pruning plays an important role in the development and maintenance of woody plants, and it will keep a plant at a chosen size, shape, and density. Having a basic understanding of pruning and the response of plants to it, you can achieve the results you desire.

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DALY: Native azaleas are an attractive feature to the home landscape

Native azaleas are a worthy addition to the garden. When planted and maintained correctly, they will resist pests and bring beauty to the garden.

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DALY: Soil testing essential in improving the quality of your soil

Soil test results provide information on the nutrient status of your soil. This will help determine the amount and type of fertilizer as well as material to change the pH required to have healthy and attractive garden plants.

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DALY: Proper pruning of crape myrtles is essential

Crape myrtles are a positive addition to the home landscape. They will be healthier and produce an abundance of colorful blossoms throughout the summer if properly pruned.

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DALY: Use care when planting around septic drainfields

By carefully choosing and placing plant material around septic drain fields, you can have an attractive landscape that is beneficial to the system. Most importantly, this can reduce the chances of costly septic line repairs.

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

If given the proper care, these fruit trees can produce abundantly. When choosing fruit trees take their maintenance requirements into consideration and provide the appropriate growing conditions to ensure fresh fruit for your dinner table.

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DALY: Protecting landscape plants from the unseasonably cold weather

Throughout the growing season, make sure your landscape plants receive the appropriate care, such as proper watering, fertilization, pruning and pest control to maintain optimum vigor and growth. Plants that are weak, unhealthy and poorly maintained are more vulnerable to cold weather.

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DALY: Protecting landscape plants from the unseasonably cold weather

Throughout the growing season, make sure your landscape plants receive the appropriate care, such as proper watering, fertilization, pruning and pest control to maintain optimum vigor and growth. Plants that are weak, unhealthy and poorly maintained are more vulnerable to cold weather.

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DALY: Argentine ants are troubling area homeowners

In certain situations, Argentine ants can be quite persistent and may keep returning year after year. In such cases, contact a licensed professional pest control service to control the ants.

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DALY: Several plants that can add beauty to the winter landscape

We all love the beautiful flowers of the spring and summer and miss them this time of the year. With the exception of evergreens, the winter landscape can be quite bare and somewhat lifeless. However, even in the dead of winter, there are several plants that can add color and life to the landscape.

DALY: Hollies are attractive and durable plants for the landscape

Although hollies are extremely tough once they’re established, they do have some requirements. They prefer well-drained soil that’s amended with organic matter and slightly acidic. Wet soils that are heavily compacted will lead to weak plants. Hollies respond well to mulching and light fertilization. While many will grow in partial shade, most will produce a better berry crop and thrive if given full sunlight.

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DALY: Colorful poinsettias brighten the holiday season

Poinsettias make a great holiday decoration. They will provide color the indoors if given the appropriate care. Consider getting a few for your home.

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DALY: How to find the perfect Christmas tree

When choosing a good tree, there are several factors to consider. Make sure you select a tree that is at least a foot shorter than the ceiling in the room where it will be displayed. If the trunk is splitting, it most likely has dried to a point where it will not be able to absorb water. Look for a tree that is healthy, damage-free and well-trimmed.

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DALY: Houseplants brighten the indoors during winter

A few simple steps will help you have beautiful houseplants that can brighten the indoors during wintertime. Proper care will go a long way to keeping them in optimal condition and attractive, thus bringing a touch of spring inside.

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DALY: Landscape plants should fit the space where they are planted

Remember, by knowing the size of landscape plants can reduce the likelihood of problems as well as create an attractive, healthy landscape.

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DALY: Moles and voles are troubling home landscapes

Though these pests can be troublesome, knowing what to look for and the necessary control measures will help keep moles and voles from damaging your landscape.

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DALY: Local homeowners being plagued with kudzu bugs

Long-term control of these insects presents a challenge due to their presence in large numbers combined with an abundant source of food and cover, kudzu. Elimination of nearby kudzu patches is ultimately necessary for sustained control.

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DALY: Grubs can menace lawns in the fall

Although grubs can ruin the appearance of your lawn, they can be brought under control. Observe the lawn for any signs of their activity and initiate control measures as soon as possible to limit the damage.

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DALY: Plant bulbs now for spring color

With a little planning and the use of proper planting methods, bulbs can be a real asset to your home landscape. Whether they are planted in small containers or large beds, they can add beauty to any garden, and if given the proper care, many types of bulbs will bloom year after year.

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