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Tim Daly

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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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DALY: Autumn is the time to divide perennials

Perennials have a variety of attractive features that will enhance the beauty of any garden. Periodically, established perennials, which by nature grow larger every year, need to be divided to help control their size and to re-vitalize them. Plant division is also a method of plant propagation, so you can have more of the plants you especially like.

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DALY: Gwinnett Extension accepting applications for Master Gardener Extension volunteer program

Interested Gwinnett residents have the opportunity to become a Gwinnett County Master Gardener Extension Volunteer. The Gwinnett Extension Service is accepting applications for the program until Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 for the 2014 class.

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DALY: Mysterious webbing in trees caused by fall webworms

Fall webworms may not be attractive, but they do not harm the trees they infest. Usually the best course of action is to leave the insects alone, and they will eventually go away.

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DALY: Now the time to prevent winter weeds in lawns

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

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DALY: Recent rainfall has yielded a bumper crop of mushrooms

The recent rainfall and warm temperatures have provided a favorable environment for their growth. Most do not cause any harm, although some people are annoyed by their presence.

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DALY: Purchase healthy plants to avoid problems in the landscape

Selecting healthy, high quality plants at the nursery prior to purchasing and planting is the most important component to having attractive landscape plants. By carefully examining the plants for the previously described problems will help prevent future problems.

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DALY: Although irritating, poison ivy can be controlled

Being familiar with the appearance of poison ivy will help reduce the likelihood of exposure. It is wise to follow the old saying: “leaves of three let it be.”

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DALY: Certain fungal diseases can cause patches of dying grass on lawns

Using fungicides to control brown patch and large patch is difficult, but they do offer some level of protection. These chemicals suppress the development and spread of the disease, but they do not reverse the damage that is already visible.

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DALY: Controlling bamboo infestations takes time and patience

One of the most important components of controlling bamboo is to avoid planting it. Prevent it from becoming established and encourage your neighbors not to plant it. However, for existing infestations, controlling it may seem like an impossible task, but persistence will eventually get rid of it.

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DALY: Several unusual fruits grow well in our area

Although not as well-known as the familiar fruit trees, such as apples, pears and peaches, these unusual ones thrive in the home landscape if given the proper care. For variety and interest, consider planting some of these different fruit trees and enjoy the harvest. You will be surprised with the results.

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DALY: There are no silver bullets for controlling mosquitoes

A few simple actions can help reduce the nuisance effects of mosquitoes. While they cannot be totally eradicated from an area, their impact can be minimized.

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DALY: Use caution around storm-damaged trees

Storm damaged trees can be upsetting to the homeowner. These trees can be very dangerous, which is why only experts should remove them and not homeowners. Special care must be taken to remedy the situation safely and effectively. Using certified arborists will help improve the chances that any work performed will be done properly.

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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: 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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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: Factors to consider when choosing a landscape professional

The choice of a landscape contractor or lawn care service will depend on many aspects. You should consult with several firms before making a final decision, and do not allow the price alone to determine to influence your final choice. Remember, your home landscape is long term investment.

DALY: Take measures now to control summer lawn weeds

Crabgrass and other summer weeds can be a challenge to control. Proper timing and use of pre-emergent herbicides combined with correct cultural care helps maintain a healthy lawn. This regime will reduce the infestation of troublesome unsightly weeds during the growing season.

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DALY: Wait until spring to install warm season sod

The best course of action is to wait until the warmer months for the planting of sod to improve the chances of it surviving and becoming established.

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DALY: Allow Leyland cypress trees plenty of room for growth

Leyland cypress trees can be a great addition to the landscape if properly planted and maintained. However, this tree is rapidly becoming one of the most troublesome trees in Georgia. Due to improper planting and overuse, Leylands may go the way of plants such as the red tip photinia.

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DALY: Take action to control fire ants

Fire ants can be a real menace, but they can be brought under control by using the appropriate measures. Doing so will reduce the chances of you coming into contact with them and suffering from the painful stings they inflict.

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DALY: What to do if a sinkhole appears in your yard

Sinkholes in Georgia are different than those in Florida, but still require care to fix.

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DALY: Mysterious holes in trees often caused by sapsuckers

Sapsuckers are an interesting animal, but for all their action they don't cause many problems for the trees they spend time in.

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DALY: Finding the perfect Christmas tree

The pros and cons of buying a pre-cut tree or cutting your own.

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