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The Legend of the Woolly Worm

Have you ever heard the tale that woolly “worms” predict the weather for the upcoming winter? Whether you believe it is fact or a tall tale, learn how to tell if our winter will be mild or cold by...

Weed of the Month: Bahiagrass

Bahiagrass (Paspalum notatum) is commonly referred to as highway grass. It’s a tough, drought tolerant, perennial grass that survives in soils with low fertility. Due to its very coarse and open...

Chinese Pistache

Are you looking for a medium-sized, landscape shade tree that will have amazing fall color of fiery yellows, oranges, and reds? Then, the Chinese pistache (Pistacia chinensis) is an excellent...

Harvesting Pecans

Harvesting pecans can be a tedious task, but with these tips, homeowners can ease the burden and keep more delicious pecans for their own consumption. When the nuts fall to the ground, one must...

Proper Tree Planting

October begins the perfect time of the year for planting trees and shrubs because the temperatures begin to drop in the fall. Sometimes though, gardeners run into problems with properly planting...

Late Season Blueberry Plants Management

After the blueberry harvest is over in the home berry patch, we often neglect late season care for our plants. Consistent care over the entire growing season will improve the chances of a good crop...

Planting Deer Resistant Bulbs

Are you frustrated because Bambi dines on your plants? Lilies and tulips have neon dinner signs above them that say “Eat Here!” This fall, consider planting deer resistant bulbs that will put on a...

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

The hemlock woolly adelgid, or HWA, is a small invasive insect that is killing eastern and Carolina hemlock trees in eastern North America. This article will cover the biology of this pest, the...

Weed of the Month: Crabgrass

It’s late summer and crabgrass weeds have invaded some lawns. Unfortunately, crabgrass is very difficult to control with most herbicides once it develops a few tillers or branches. There are several...

Dividing Perennials

September is a perfect time to divide and propagate perennials. Many plants, such as daylilies, coneflowers, black-eyed susans, and hostas, can be divided once they have been in the ground for 3...

Fall Webworms

HGIC is receiving numerous calls about “spider-looking” webs on the ends of tree branches. The culprits are fall webworms (Hyphantria cunea). The webs are filled with 1 inch long caterpillars with a...

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