Landscaping

Drought – Watering Trees

Plants must have water to survive. Water in a plant is like blood in an animal. Water carries dissolved nutrients, sugars and hormones throughout the plant’s system. Some plants can go for long periods receiving only minimal water. Others require...

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Shannon Pable’s Comments on Hardiness Zones

Shannon Pable’s Comments on Hardiness Zones I typically refer to the 11 zone, 1960 map since that’s what is still being used on most plant labels and in reference material. I usually err on the side of being conservative and...

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Tara Dillard’s Comments on Hardiness Zones

Tara Dillard’s Comments on Hardiness Zones I’ve always thought the map zones were bogus for our area. Designing heavily from south Dekalb to north Fulton, I know plants that will do well in my part of DeKalb but not in...

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Pond – Winter care

Q: I have two small fish ponds that are connected. One is three feet deep and the other is about a foot deep. I have a pump that circulates the water between them. In cold weather, should I run the...

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Pond – Plants for Ponds

There are three kinds of plants for ponds and most ponds need all three. Underwater plants, like anacharis, elodea and fanwort provide oxygen directly into the water. They soak up excess nutrients from fish waste. Emergent plants, such as cattail,...

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Pond – Low Oxygen Levels

High temperatures can wreak havoc in fish ponds warns George Lewis, Extension Fisheries Specialist. Warm water can hold much less dissolved oxygen than cool water. Dry weather also causes some ponds to be lower than normal. The combination can be...

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Bog – Building

It has gotten harder and harder to impress my son. Although he is nearly nine, I can still remember how excited he would become when we uncovered a worm in our garden. Now the only thing that reliably brings a...

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Animal-named Plants

A readers recently posed an unusual question: “I am preparing a class for child care providers on growing a Zoo Garden. I need a list of plants that have the name of an animal, i.e. Lamb’s Ear. I want to...

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Drought Tolerant Plants

During drought, it is natural to consider installing plants that are “drought tolerant”. But how do you judge drought tolerance? Experienced gardeners have learned that once established and with proper cultural practices, virtually all plant material recommended for use in...

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Native Plants – For Georgia

Although not every native plant is drought-tolerant or carefree, their main advantage is that they are more adapted to our heat and humidity. Many are just as colorful as common non-native plants you’d find at a garden center. The University...

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Plants with Colorful Fall Foliage

TREES American beech    Fagus grandifolia    Full sun -half sun Ash    Fraxinus    Full sunBald cypress    Taxodium distichum    Full sunBeech    Fagus    Full sun -half sunBirch    Betula    Full sun Black cherry    Prunus serotina    Full sunBlack gum    Nyssa sylvatica    Full sun -half sunBlack locust    Robinia pseudoacacia    Full sunCallery pear    Pyrus calleryana    Full sunCarolina Silverbell    Halesia Carolina    Half sun Chinese pistache Pistacia chinensis    Full sunChinese quince    Pseudocydonia...

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Trees for Damp Soil

Special note about coastal plants and plants for wet/damp areas in gardens: Only regionally native plants should be used along beaches, coastal and savannah restoration areas. For gardens with wet/damp areas, non-native plants that are not invasive are suitable. However,...

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Flowers for Damp Soil

Special note about coastal plants and plants for wet/damp areas in gardens: Only regionally native plants should be used along beaches, coastal and savannah restoration areas. For home gardens with wet/damp areas, non-native plants that are not invasive are suitable....

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Plants for Screening

When I was a kid, we had no need for screen plants around our house. Our rural neighbors were a minimum of one hundred yards away in every direction. If they chose to put their truck up on cinderblocks in...

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Plants with Colorful Fruits and Berries

TREES Citrus Full sun Cornelian cherry Cornus mas Full sun / half sun Crabapple Malus Full sun Dogwood Cornus kousa & C. florida Full sun / half sun Eastern red cedar Juniperus virginiana Full sun / half sun Fringe Tree...

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Tropical Plants for Pool Area

Tropical plants look great around a pool. Look for plants that have big leaves and lots of flowers or colorful foliage. Here are some candidates that come to mind: Trees: Big-leaf magnoliaCucumber magnoliaSweet-bay magnolia Shrubs: Swamp hibiscus (mallow)Scarlet hibiscusConfederate roseTropical...

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Groundcovers for a Hill

Finding the right groundcover to plant on a hill is a common problem. Here is a typical question: “My hill is about 200 feet wide and it extends back 5 feet. This is in full sun and it will have...

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Trees – Fast Growing

When you need shade in your landscape, it is not an option to wait very long. You want a tree to grow fast enough so that you can enjoy its shade in just a few years. The Georgia Extension Service...

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