January 24, 2008

My new book is here!

Georgia Gardeners' Q&A: 501 Answers to Frequently Asked Questions will make its debut at The Southeastern Flower Show ...but you can pre-order an autographed book NOW!

Garden Knowledge:

Planting for Deer
Now that the last leaves have dropped from woodland shrubs and trees, deer venture from the woods to dine on landscape plants. But just as children prefer to eat cake over carrots, deer browse some plants first and others only when they are very hungry. Plants Deer Do and Don't Like

Come see me!

Make plans to attend our live broadcast Feb. 2 at The Southeastern Flower Show. The first 50 to arrive get free Show tickets! I'll be at the Garden and Patio Show on Feb. 7 & 9. Bring your hardest garden and pest control questions!
Imagine That! The 21st Annual Southeastern Flower Show coming Wednesday, January 30 - Sunday, February 3, 2008 to the Georgia World Congress Center, Building A. For tickets and details go to www.flowershow.org or call the Show office 404-351-1074.

Be sure to listen to Highway Horticulture on The Lawn and Garden Show on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Theresa Schrum and I will discuss her latest observations of the natural world.

Design Tip:

Snow & Ice in the Garden
With the promise of snow or the threat of ice, gardeners often get a bit worried about how their plants will fare, especially if the snow or ice is heavy. Certain plants will bend under the additional weight and some might break. What you should do before and after winter weather...

Cool Plant

Seersucker Sedge (Carex plantaginea)
Evergreen perennial native to the Eastern U.S. and Canada. I've been extremely pleased with the performance of this plant especially since it's considered more at home in the Appalachians. Beautiful puckered 1/2 inch evergreen strap-like leaves with odd-looking blooms in the spring. Great along paths and in woodland gardens.
Learn More

by Theresa Schrum

Reader Questions:

Q: In winter many of the leaves on my philodendron turn brown. Can I use artificial light to simulate daylight? Tina H.
Q: I have these grassy clumps throughout my 'Meyer'zoysiagrass lawn. Since the zoysia is dormant, is it safe to use a non-selective herbicide to eradicate these clumps? Darryl D.
Q: I moved into a home with some existing rose bushes. One of them has several marble sized orange-red ball things on it. Can you tell me what they are? Tina S.

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Garden Calendar:

Use calcium chloride or potassium chloride instead of salt on icy sidewalks. Too much rock salt (sodium chloride) can burn nearby plant roots.

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