Fall is here at last

Sunday, October 12, 2014 9:58 a.m.

I would like to start this week’s article with a shout out to Charleston RiverDogs’ head grounds superintendent Mike Williams. Mike (Riley Park) won the South Atlantic Leagues’ Field of the Year honors for 2014.

How to manage leaf gall this spring

Friday, May 9, 2014 11:46 a.m.

I guess in the restaurant (“Foodie”) world, they call them “pairings.” Most of the customer base I deal with calls them “cocktails.” Basically, when you get a synergistic effect from adding two or more items together – when 1 + 1 = 5 not 2. When the two or more items together act better than the two or more items act individually, you have synergy. …

Sometimes it’s best to leave it to the pros UPDATED

Sunday, March 9, 2014 6:00 a.m.

Recently, a reader asked: “Spring is just around the corner and I'm ready to work out in my yard! My problem is that I have limited time and lots of yard problems. I have ants, weeds and I need to put out a pre-emergent. My dog also had fleas last year. I was wondering if there is a product that will do all of these at once, or if I have to …

Cleaning up for Spring UPDATED

Saturday, March 1, 2014 10:00 a.m.

The Tulip Magnolia (Saucer Magnolia) is blooming in the Lowcountry. It is time to be sure the winter projects have been completed and the proactive spring projects in the yard and around the house have been taken care of.

Time to prune back our cold-damaged plants UPDATED

Sunday, February 23, 2014 10:00 a.m.

Control small-seeded annual summer weeds now with a preemergent product. Enough said.

Legend has it that Cupid gave a red rose to Harpocrates, the god of silence

Sunday, February 16, 2014 5:31 a.m.

With Valentine’s Day approaching, I thought I would include a little piece of an article that Rosalinda Morgan wrote for “The Charleston Rose” – which is a publication of the Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society.

Turf areas as well as the landscape bed areas will greatly benefit from the use of preemerge products UPDATED

Sunday, February 9, 2014 11:00 a.m.

This cool weather really has our local oysters tasting good, and the soil temperature indicates that it is just about time to apply preemergent products to your beds and turf.

Are you ready for the 2014 season in your yard?

Sunday, February 2, 2014 10:21 a.m.

Here are a few things to do on these nice winter days.

Moles are always a hot topic in the Lowcountry.

Sunday, January 26, 2014 10:24 a.m.

Moles are always a hot topic in the Lowcountry.

Christmas Cactus is not drought tolerant

Sunday, January 19, 2014 8:54 a.m.

Christmas Cactus, one of the plants called Holiday Cactus which include Thanksgiving Cactus and Easter Cactus, can provide a great show of tubular flowers over the holidays. Once they have finished blooming let them rest until April, when you will want to start fertilizing them regularly through the summer and into fall. Keep them in a cool room …

Don’t let the bedbugs bite

Thursday, January 9, 2014 11:13 a.m.

One product that I failed to mention when I was listing the Top Products of 2013 is ActiveGuard Mattress Liners. This product has made so many people be able to fulfill the saying, “good night, sleep tight, and don’t let the bedbugs bite,” that it is unreal. ActiveGuard Mattress Liners also control dust mites that can trigger asthma.

New Year’s resolutions for the gardener, part two

Thursday, January 2, 2014 1:13 p.m.

Go through all of the old products you have in your garage and identify why and when you purchased them and if they are products that still can be used. Use these products first chance you get, saving you money and making room for new and improved products.

Make a New Year’s resolution to get on custom program

Thursday, December 26, 2013 9:53 a.m.

‘I started using the Possum’s recipe for my lawn three years ago and I have never had a better lawn in the 35 years that I have been trying to grow the perfect lawn. Possum’s is awesome! I have the best lawn in the neighborhood.” - Greg Lienert.

Products and people recognized for their top performance in 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013 9:38 a.m.

Ashley Ridge High School (under the direction of Bobby Behr and Adam Davis) won the state of South Carolina’s best soccer field award by the SCSTMA (South Carolina Sports Turf Managers Association) and Porter-Gaud School (under the direction of Michael Henry) won best multi-use field. Both of these grounds superintendents have won awards in the …

Looking for top performers geared to rain?

Sunday, December 15, 2013 8:25 a.m.

Top performers continued from last week.

Check out more top performers of 2013

Thursday, December 5, 2013 9:53 a.m.

Growth regulators helped out with plants and pests this year. Bed bug, roach and flea control success has been greatly increased by the addition of growth regulators. Casey, the new general manager running Possum’s North Charleston store, says, “Some times it is hard to sell the growth regulator (Gentrol) to the customer trying to …

Catch these top performers of 2013

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 11:07 a.m.

Here is a list of some of the top performers in 2013. These products would either be shared with neighbors as great products or talked about in a whisper to protect secrets of success. This list is not in any particular order of importance because different customers have different situations.

Looking for Christmas tree already? Read this first

Friday, November 22, 2013 7:50 a.m.

Another year has almost gone by. What a year. The rain in the spring and then the dry fall. The great weather for people doing activities outside, led to large patch / brown patch on our turf. Does anyone / everyone have moles?

Brown patch explodes in area yards

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 11:23 a.m.

Large Patch/Brown Patch exploded once again in our yards. We almost sent out an email alert, but I figured most knowledgeable readers of the Horticulture Hotline could figure out that something was not right with their lawn. I did not want to be an alarmist.

Don’t neglect plants going into winter

Thursday, November 7, 2013 10:37 a.m.

Well, last week I wrote about the unforgiving little worm, the sod webworm, and I’m glad to report my grass seems to be on the road to recovery; although, very slowly with the shorter days and cooler temperatures.

Even garden gurus get lawn problems

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:20 a.m.

Well, it happened to me. I went out of town for a weekend, and when I returned, I noticed the grass gobblers had eaten most of my back yard and part of my front yard. While I was tailgating, they were chowing down my St. Augustine turf. The sod webworm shows no conscience when devouring the grass you have worked on all summer.

Fall a good time to transplant shrubs and trees

Thursday, October 24, 2013 9:34 a.m.

A few notes from the field: Roaches are moving into houses because of high tides and cooler temperatures, brown patch on turf, sod web worms still active and aphids are enjoying the new growth some plants put out in the fall.

On Vacation

On Vacation – Long Island

Wednesday, October 15, 11:29 a.m.

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