more about: Timely Tasks

Blowing in the Wind

How many times must a man rake his yard Before his lawn sees the sun? Yes’n, how many leaves can one tree drop Before he knows it is done? Yes’n, how many years must he labor in vain Before the battle is won? The answer, my friends, is blowing in the wind The answer is blowing in the wind.

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Why Your Tree Fell Down

I remember the first time I noticed that tree in our neighborhood. A rotten strip of flaking bark ran straight up one side for 15 to 20 feet. “That tree could snap in half and fall on their house at any second,” I grumbled grimly to Mrs. Grumpy. “If it were mine, I’d have it taken down right now.”

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Mow, Don’t Rake, Those Leaves!

“The debate is raging at my house,” writes a faithful reader, “what to do with all those leaves? The teenager favors a) leaving them or b) blowing them into the shrub beds. Hubby says we have to rake and bag. I took out my New Southern Living Garden Book but couldn’t find any advice other than to compost, which hubby […]

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#1 Secret To A Pretty Lawn

You want a pretty lawn, so your neighbors won’t talk about you. (They will anyway, but let’s continue.) But you hate all the watering, fertilizing, and disease and weed control that producing one requires. So I’m going to give you an easy out — the single, best way to produce that thick, green carpet your neighbors will resent AND decrease […]

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Poinsettia After Christmas — Now What?

You loved your poinsettia during the holidays, but (news flash!) the holidays are over. Now your plant is starting to look a little sad. One overarching question courses through your brain. What am I supposed to do with the dang thing now?

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Don’t Let Cold Kill Your Plants

The TV weather people are giddy right now, because after a boring year with hardly any hurricanes or tornadoes to terrify us with, now an Arctic blast is poised to freeze America’s hiney off. And not just in Minnesota, where thousands of folks lose their hinies every winter. In Mobile, the temp dropped to 20 degrees this morning, sufficiently frigid […]

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Last Call For Spring Bulbs!

The best time for most Southerners to plant spring bulbs is around Thanksgiving. But if you haven’t bought your bulbs already, you’d better act fast! Most bulbs will be gone by early December. The good news is, right now many bulb suppliers are discounting their bulbs, so you can get a deal.

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Polar Vortex, Comet Landing, and John Legend — Are the End Times Here?

All good things must come to an end. And in this case, that means our freedom. Controlled by an insidious global conspiracy, the Polar Vortex has descended from the North bringing with it the probable demise of democracy and Super Bowl Sunday.

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Armyworms Are Marching In

People are always yapping about needing smaller lawns. Now that can happen and they won’t need to lift a finger. In fact, they can wake up in the morning to find their lawns completely gone — thanks to the infamous fall armyworm.

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Should I Prune Off Crepe Myrtle Seeds?

Most people find the prospect of pruning only slightly less frightening than Carrie Fisher reprising her role as Princess Leia in the latest “Star Wars.” And one pruning question weighs upon them more than any other at this time of year. Should I prune off the seeds from my crepe myrtle?

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