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Gardening: How to reach a truce in the war with weeds

If you want to avoid chemical weedkillers but don't like the idea of hand hoeing or bouncing along behind a rototiller, you still have options to keep weeds from taking over your garden. MULCH For starters, there's mulches, which can smother … more

Twitter posts show people are profoundly sad and visiting parks to cheer up

The COVID-19 pandemic in the United States is the deepest and longest period of malaise in a dozen years. Our colleagues at the University of Vermont have concluded this by analyzing posts on … more

Look at the deer

We loaded the metal tripod stand onto my big trailer and strapped it down. It was early and cool, but I knew it wouldn't last long. It would be a warm day. Clayton and I headed to the club in the High Hills. We stopped once along the way to check … more

A lighthearted look at capturing perfect sporting dog moments

TEXT AND PHOTOS BY DAVID LUCAS South Carolina Department of Natural Resources One thing's for sure, when it comes to outdoor writing and photography, people in the Palmetto State cannot get enough of sporting dogs doing their thing. Dog images … more

More seals means learning to live with sharks in New England

PORTLAND, Maine - Seals are thriving off the Northeast coast thanks to decades of protections, and that victory for wildlife has brought a consequence for humans - more encounters with sharks. Seals are a favorite prey of large sharks such as the … more

Soak or drip? Watering advice for the hot season

August is the month for two garden W's: weeding and watering. Regular attention to both keeps a vegetable or flower garden pretty and productive well into autumn. For now, let's look at watering. It's not necessarily less rain that makes soils … more

Is there drama in hunting clubs?

Recently, one of my friends asked if there is any drama in hunting clubs, and I answered, "If you see it in The Item, it is so." So, I'll tell you the truth about drama in hunting clubs. Drama in this context is defined as a way of relating to … more

Palmetto Conservation Foundation is hiring crew leaders, crew members

COLUMBIA - Palmetto Conservation Foundation, a nonprofit organization, is accepting applications from anyone with a high school diploma or its equivalent to serve full time for 6 months or a year with the Palmetto Conservation Corps.The Palmetto … more

B.A.S.S. moves high school, junior tournaments to Lake Hartwell

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - The Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series at Lake St. Clair presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors and the Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster Junior Series, both originally scheduled for Aug. 8, will instead be held on … more

Clemson irrigation expert says crops face critical water needs

BLACKVILLE - Growing season is in full swing and farmers must pay close attention to the water needs of several crops at this stage, says a Clemson University specialist.Michael Plumblee, Clemson Extension precision agriculture specialist who also … more

Morning on the river

My little yellow cork disappeared under the tannin-stained water, and when I tightened up on the line, I realized that I had a good one hooked. The taut line made a distinctive, high-pitched hum as it cut through the current toward deeper water. … more

Daisies bring a sunny look to the garden

Give a child a box of crayons and a piece of paper, and ask for a flower, and you very likely will get a picture of a daisy. Daisies also hold attraction for poets. Geoffrey Chaucer, English poet of the 14th century, wrote "...of all the floures … more

SCDNR: Deer tags arriving in mailboxes soon

Deer tags should be arriving in your mailbox soon!For the first time, Lifetime, Senior, Gratis and Catawba license holders that requested deer tags last year will automatically receive a free base set of tags this year and into the future. These … more

The path to Shoot Yo Leg

The woods are primitive and ancient. Giant hardwoods tower over the hillside. There is a super canopy of massive pines. In March and April, portions of the forest floor are carpeted in a thick stand of wild Easter lilies. A heavy stand of cypress … more

Our backyard visitors

They come for the food and are a constant delight. We get a variety of types. Some are regulars, and some are more seasonal. They are all welcome. I'll start with the red ones. They are the most numerous. We've had as many as 18 in our backyard … more

Bassmaster releases its rankings of best bass lakes

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Since 2012, Bassmaster Magazine has released annual rankings of the country's best bass fisheries. While tournament data could not be gathered because of the COVID-19 pandemic, crunching numbers gathered over the past eight … more

S.C. students continue learning via farm work during pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools statewide to shutter, hundreds of schools were forced to transition entirely to remote learning. But when the … more

A new tool

I had not been on one in nearly 30 years. The rapid acceleration surprised me, and the deceleration was equally rapid. But I knew it would be like riding a bicycle; once you learn, it stays with you. I knew that all it would take was a little … more

S.C. state parks advise campers to leave firewood at home, purchase locally

State parks in South Carolina are asking visitors and campers to mitigate the spread of invasive insects by purchasing firewood locally near parks. The recent discovery in Charleston County of the … more

Simple design steps can take your garden to the next level

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The flower beds are finished, the vegetables are growing, and yet something could be missing from the backyard landscape: That "wow" factor. Adding a personal touch to the lawn and garden doesn't have to be complicated or … more
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