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July 9, 2020

A bright green moss pathway with large pavers.

A moss pathway is an easy way to add a special touch of elegance, enchantment, and royalty to your landscape. A pathway covered with bright green moss seems like something a king or queen would have in their landscape, right? 


A person spreading mulch in a flower bed.

Gardening Tasks for April

March 26, 2020

Everyone’s normal routine is being flipped upside down. Employees are working from home, kids are out of school, and social gatherings are postponed. Boredom and stress are setting in. Gardening to the rescue! 

peanut butter chocolate granola squares on a blue-gray plate

The Food Factor: Peanut Butter Chocolate Trail Mix Bites

March 23, 2020

Looking for a fun recipe that you can make with your kids? These no-bake treats are loaded with fiber, use ingredients you probably have on hand in your pantry, and are a terrific homemade snack.  

A graph showing the number of cases of coronavirus with and without protective measures

What is “Flattening the Curve” and How Do I Help?

March 18, 2020

“Flattening the curve” is an important concept in discussions about the coronavirus, but what does it really mean?

“Flattening the curve” refers to the lines on a graph documenting the number of cases compared to the timespan of an outbreak.  Normally, when a virus or illness hits a community, there is an early peak in cases (the number of people who get sick), and then the rate of infection slows down, causing the peak to drop. But if that first peak is high, the number of people needing treatment can overwhelm the healthcare system.

Small white dots appear on a pruned crape myrtle branch.

How to Identify Crape Myrtle Bark Scale

March 16, 2020

If you’ve got crape myrtles, you should be on the lookout for Crape Myrtle Bark Scale. This invasive pest can turn easy-to-care for shrubs and trees into high-maintenance plants covered in a black, sooty mold.

While the insects won’t kill the tree outright, the tree will eventually produce fewer and smaller blooms if the insects are allowed to reproduce year after year.

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Bowl of Taco-mac, ground beef and macaroni dish.

The Food Factor: Quick Taco-Mac

March 12, 2020

The Food Factor crew loves quick and easy weeknight recipes, especially if they have a little kick. This Quick Taco-Mac is a one-skillet meal that you can adjust to suit your own taste preferences.

Pair of hands holding the power cord and an unplugged smart phone.

How to Clean Your Smartphone

March 10, 2020

Smartphones and tablets are a source of germs. Most of us know to wash our hands, but when was the last time you cleaned your smartphone?

A census worker wearing a black hat and coat walking up to a house.

Tips for Protecting Yourself from Census Scams

March 6, 2020

You may have heard 2020 is the year for the federal census. When you participate, you help Mississippi get a more accurate representation for all kinds of programs that impact daily living. 

A red bird water feeder hanging on a tree.

How to Attract Birds to your Landscape

March 2, 2020

I can remember watching the birds at my grandparents’ house growing up. We would sit on the porch swing with a bird identification book in hand, and watch the birds fly up to the bird feeders and bird bath in the yard. 

A bowl of salad with shrimp on top.

Tips for Meal Prep Storage

February 27, 2020

Meal planning and prepping is all the craze these days. It’s one of the easiest ways to be intentional about what you eat and helps you stick to a healthy diet. It’s also a great way for you to save time and moneyMeal planning and prepping is all the craze these days. It’s one of the easiest ways to be intentional about what you eat and helps you stick to a healthy diet. 

A closeup of a person with white gloves planting cabbage.

Gardening Tasks for March

February 21, 2020

The first two months of 2020 have been exceptionally wet and dreary. But don’t lose hope, spring is right around the corner! The daffodils are blooming, and warmer days are in sight. 

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