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As someone who has been working with imported fire ants, Solenopsis invicta, in a research-based capacity since 2001, I have heard many home remedies sworn to control fire ants.

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Snake bites are a common and sometimes serious medical cases at our emergency animal hospitals. The best outcomes are achieved if treatment is early and aggressive, and in most cases the prognosis is good. Bites from rattlesnake species are generally more serious, and the antivenin used to t…

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Considering all the time and money invested, home gardeners can often become frustrated with the state of their yard, making it feel like an uphill battle. With a little creative thinking, you can put plants to work to help solve some of the troubling issues in the home landscape.

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The arrival of warm weather in spring brings plant disease fungi out of hibernation. It is highly unlikely that all the diseases mentioned in this article will appear in the same yard. It is possible, though, that someone will see most of these diseases one or more times in a decade.

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Every homeowner makes mistakes. The real trouble, however, starts when these blunders become habits that cost a lot of money over time. Some behaviors also create safety issues.

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Gardeners who have moved to the Lowcountry from other states have asked me how to work with the soil we have here. Two critical features of soil that gardeners need to manage are soil organic matter and drainage.

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The average American family uses more than 30 percent of its water on irrigation. Across the United States, that means 7 billion gallons of water are used per day to water our lawns and gardens. Unfortunately, poor irrigation practices mean that more than 50 percent of that water is lost to …

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When I was a new graduate student, my advisory committee insisted that I enroll in an introductory soil science course. Although I wasn’t particularly excited about this requirement, as a gardener, this class became one of the most useful college classes I’ve taken.

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Melampodium or butter daisy is a reliable, low-maintenance summer annual. This member of the aster family originated in the tropical regions of Central and South America.

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Elizabeth Lawrence wrote, “In my garden, a month seldom goes by without bloom from some member of the amaryllis family.” ("A Southern Garden," University of North Carolina Press, 1942).

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As spring nears, the most visible reminder of the rare, multiday deep freeze and snow in South Carolina in early January is the scorched brown fronds of sago palms, a native of southern Japan and not fond of prolonged freezes.