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The application of mulch is a critical cultural practice in the home landscape. The use of mulch helps the soil retain moisture, improves the landscape’s appearance, and has numerous other benefits.

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ATHENS — University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agents see lots of insects. People leave jars of them on agents’ desk, send photos or call them out to their gardens to identify the pests and give control recommendations.

Farmhouse style homes are having a moment. A 2020 survey from Homes.com asked more than 5,000 adults across the United States about their favorite house style from a list that included bohemian craftsman, mid-century modern ranch, French chateau, and Tudor, among others. Modern farmhouse was…

(Family Features) Gardening can be a simple way to beautify your yard, relieve stress and save money on your grocery bill, but like any hobby, you can get carried away buying necessary equipment.

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The Extension office receives calls from many residents concerning troublesome pests that have invaded their homes. Roaches, ants, and spiders are the most common. The use of pesticides is one method of control but taking some preventative measures will also reduce their presence.

Craftsman homes trace their roots to the late 19th century. An architectural style inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement that flourished in Europe and North America for roughly 40 years between 1880 and 1920, the American Craftsman home has endured into the 21st century thanks to its beau…

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Many insects are troublesome by inflicting bites and stings. Sometimes this action can be severe, and other times not problematic.

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ATHENS — Later this summer, Georgia residents will have the opportunity to help researchers find out what’s the buzz with insect pollinators in their state.

(Family Features) With all the constraints people lived through in 2020, many turned to their own backyards - nature, in particular - for hope, solace, wonder and even entertainment. Despite the worldwide crisis, nature's normalcy remained intact; flowers continued to bloom, bees continued t…

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The Extension office receives many calls from frustrated homeowners whose trees and shrubs are not blooming. The expectation is for a bounty of flowers, which is not always the case. Many reasons exist as to why the plants fail to flower.

A combination of factors, including low interest rates and a pandemic-driven decision by many city dwellers to look for houses in the suburbs, has created a housing boom for much of 2020 and 2021. That boom has created an undeniable seller’s market in real estate.

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When planning the home landscape, people frequently prefer one with a multitude of plants to add beauty and interest. Many times, though, they fail to consider the mature size of the plant material installed. The small plants of today could be large in a few short years, and if spacing them …

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An abundance of rain has fallen over the past year. However, as we move into the summer, the heat and periods of dry weather can occur and be detrimental to our lawns. They require adequate amounts of water to remain healthy and attractive, and during periods of minimal rain, certain adjustm…

Poison ivy can cause an irritating and painful rash and you should not touch it with your bare skin. Though many people know that "leaves of three" is the tale tell sign of poison ivy, the irritating plant changes color with the seasons. Here's how to identify poison ivy throughout the year,…

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In our homes, we store food in our pantries and refrigerators for use at meals. Many homeowners discover that they are not the only ones who want to consume the food but numerous insects that love to feast on it.

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ATHENS — Carpenter bees are a common sight this time of year and can cause aggravation for homeowners. The large, black and yellow bees begin emerging in March, April and May and can cause unsightly damage — and in some cases significant damage — to wooden structures like the eaves of houses…

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Do you enjoy working with people? Are you interested in conducting outreach programs for the public on horticultural and environmental topics? If so, you may be interested in applying for the Master Gardener Extension Volunteer program, which is offered through the University of Georgia Extension.

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Warm, sunny days are the perfect setting for making family memories, but they're also ideal opportunities to encourage kids to get creative and let their imaginations soar.

A budget is one of the most important financial tools in your arsenal, but budgeting isn’t one size fits all. In order to be successful, your budget should reflect your income and spending, but also your desires and need to live a balanced life.

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As we move into the warmer weather months, insects, diseases, and other problems will appear in our home landscapes. To minimize these issues, carefully examine all lawn and garden areas to see what the troubles are present. Doing so will help you detect problems early. A trowel, a white ind…

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(Family Features) Spring cleaning isn’t just about purging dirt and grime. It’s also the perfect opportunity to take inventory of items around your home. As you tackle this season’s cleaning, look for ways to improve your overall living space, from getting rid of things you no longer need to…

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Spring is the time to begin planting the home vegetable garden after the danger of frost has passed around April 15 in our area. Many types of vegetables thrive in our area. A home vegetable garden can produce an abundant harvest if it is planted and maintained correctly.

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National No Housework Day directs us to put down the cleaning solution and toss aside the laundry. For one day each year on April 7th, the housework can wait.

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It appears that the last of the severe cold weather is behind us. Although we can expect the possibility of another freeze or two, warmer temperatures of spring are upon us.

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Many homeowners strive to have an attractive, well-maintained landscape to beautify their property and enhances its value. However, many lack time to spend on maintaining it.

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This week, millions in Texas are reeling from a historic cold front that has left damage across the state. Beyond the widespread rolling power outages, many residents are also experiencing flooding emergencies due to freezing pipes.

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Orchids are some of the most attractive and colorful flowers that come in many shapes and sizes. Growing them at home is somewhat tricky, but they will reward you with their beauty if given the proper conditions.

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ATHENS — University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agents see lots of insects. People leave jars of them on agents’ desk, send photos or call them out to their gardens to identify the pests and give control recommendations.

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Farmhouse style homes are having a moment. A 2020 survey from Homes.com asked more than 5,000 adults across the United States about their favorite house style from a list that included bohemian craftsman, mid-century modern ranch, French chateau, and Tudor, among others. Modern farmhouse was…

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(Family Features) Gardening can be a simple way to beautify your yard, relieve stress and save money on your grocery bill, but like any hobby, you can get carried away buying necessary equipment.

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The Extension office receives calls from many residents concerning troublesome pests that have invaded their homes. Roaches, ants, and spiders are the most common. The use of pesticides is one method of control but taking some preventative measures will also reduce their presence.

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Craftsman homes trace their roots to the late 19th century. An architectural style inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement that flourished in Europe and North America for roughly 40 years between 1880 and 1920, the American Craftsman home has endured into the 21st century thanks to its beau…

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Many insects are troublesome by inflicting bites and stings. Sometimes this action can be severe, and other times not problematic.

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ATHENS — Later this summer, Georgia residents will have the opportunity to help researchers find out what’s the buzz with insect pollinators in their state.

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(Family Features) With all the constraints people lived through in 2020, many turned to their own backyards - nature, in particular - for hope, solace, wonder and even entertainment. Despite the worldwide crisis, nature's normalcy remained intact; flowers continued to bloom, bees continued t…

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The Extension office receives many calls from frustrated homeowners whose trees and shrubs are not blooming. The expectation is for a bounty of flowers, which is not always the case. Many reasons exist as to why the plants fail to flower.

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A combination of factors, including low interest rates and a pandemic-driven decision by many city dwellers to look for houses in the suburbs, has created a housing boom for much of 2020 and 2021. That boom has created an undeniable seller’s market in real estate.

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When planning the home landscape, people frequently prefer one with a multitude of plants to add beauty and interest. Many times, though, they fail to consider the mature size of the plant material installed. The small plants of today could be large in a few short years, and if spacing them …

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Amazon announced Tuesday it supports the federal legalization of marijuana, and that the company is revising a controversial workplace policy critics say has been used to keep employees working at a breakneck pace.

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An abundance of rain has fallen over the past year. However, as we move into the summer, the heat and periods of dry weather can occur and be detrimental to our lawns. They require adequate amounts of water to remain healthy and attractive, and during periods of minimal rain, certain adjustm…

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Poison ivy can cause an irritating and painful rash and you should not touch it with your bare skin. Though many people know that "leaves of three" is the tale tell sign of poison ivy, the irritating plant changes color with the seasons. Here's how to identify poison ivy throughout the year,…

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Diversyfund compiled a list of 20 metro areas in the United States that have seen the biggest housing price cuts in recent months, based on data from Zillow.

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In our homes, we store food in our pantries and refrigerators for use at meals. Many homeowners discover that they are not the only ones who want to consume the food but numerous insects that love to feast on it.

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ATHENS — Carpenter bees are a common sight this time of year and can cause aggravation for homeowners. The large, black and yellow bees begin emerging in March, April and May and can cause unsightly damage — and in some cases significant damage — to wooden structures like the eaves of houses…

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Do you enjoy working with people? Are you interested in conducting outreach programs for the public on horticultural and environmental topics? If so, you may be interested in applying for the Master Gardener Extension Volunteer program, which is offered through the University of Georgia Extension.

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Warm, sunny days are the perfect setting for making family memories, but they're also ideal opportunities to encourage kids to get creative and let their imaginations soar.

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A budget is one of the most important financial tools in your arsenal, but budgeting isn’t one size fits all. In order to be successful, your budget should reflect your income and spending, but also your desires and need to live a balanced life.

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As we move into the warmer weather months, insects, diseases, and other problems will appear in our home landscapes. To minimize these issues, carefully examine all lawn and garden areas to see what the troubles are present. Doing so will help you detect problems early. A trowel, a white ind…

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(Family Features) Spring cleaning isn’t just about purging dirt and grime. It’s also the perfect opportunity to take inventory of items around your home. As you tackle this season’s cleaning, look for ways to improve your overall living space, from getting rid of things you no longer need to…

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Spring is the time to begin planting the home vegetable garden after the danger of frost has passed around April 15 in our area. Many types of vegetables thrive in our area. A home vegetable garden can produce an abundant harvest if it is planted and maintained correctly.

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National No Housework Day directs us to put down the cleaning solution and toss aside the laundry. For one day each year on April 7th, the housework can wait.

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Seating areas in a garden serve many purposes. They can be focal points, decorative objects, or places where people are meant to stop and take in the sites of your garden. Gardeners rarely stop to relax and take in their handywork, seldom stopping to reflect on what they have accomplished. B…

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It appears that the last of the severe cold weather is behind us. Although we can expect the possibility of another freeze or two, warmer temperatures of spring are upon us.


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