January 7, 2010

Garden Knowledge:

Protect Plants from Cold Weather

Temperatures across much of north Georgia are forecast to fall into the 'teens or below in the next few days. Here's what you can do to help protect your plants

Pruning Crape Myrtles

crape myrtleOne of the most confounding arguments I face is whether and how to prune crape myrtles. They are mercilessly "murdered" by unaware landscapers and homeowners each winter...yet they still bloom in summer. Poorly pruned crape myrtles are UGLY, though.  Here's how to do it correctly.


Garden Calendar

Walter's To Do List for January
Fertilize pansies, prune evergreens, water poinsettia, ...more


Reader Questions:

pipe iceQ: I can't even begin to explain this phenomenon, but it looks pretty cool! Carolyn D.

lichen Q: We encountered this on the Pinhoti Trail and named it Golf Tee Moss. Does it have a real name? Roe W.

screech owlQ: I encountered this fine feathered fellow on a hike. Any idea what it is? Dan F.

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Cheep Cheep!

If you're a wanna-be farmer, or a teacher who wants to enliven a classroom, join me for "Baby Chicks in the City: Hatching Your Own Flock" at Oakhurst Community Gardens on Mar. 4. It will be an educational evening on how to order, incubate, hatch, and raise chicks.

Cool Plant

Needle Palm (Rhapidophyllum hystrix)
Evergreen palm native to the Southeastern U.S. While you're enduring record cold this week, I thought I might warm your spirits by recommending a palm that is hardy to -15 degrees! Needle palm is a trunkless shrub palm that grows in partial to medium shade reaching 8 feet tall and wide. Learn more...

by Theresa Schrum
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Garden Events:

Jan 13 - Metro Atlanta Beekeepers
Jan 19 - Armitage's Twenty Favorite Perennials
Feb 19 - Ga. Organics Conf. and Expo.


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Ask an Arborist

Girdling Tree Roots

Andy in Tucker writes: "I just noticed some girdling roots at base of my maple tree.  The roots are embedded/impacted into the root crown of the tree. This year the tree is losing leaves in waves without the leaves turning red. I don't know if the flood or the girdling roots has caused this." What should he do...? Get the answer here.

by Theresa Schrum

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