The Georgia Gardener Newsletter January 25, 2007
Garden Knowledge: Pruning Crape Myrtles
One 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.

Mark Your Calendars!
Come see me this Saturday at the Atlanta Garden and Patio Show. I'll be speaking at 12:00 noon on how to have "Fabulous Flowers and Lush Lawns". You can also catch us soon at the Southeastern Flower Show February 10.

Reader Questions:  
Q: How low I can prune a Knockout rose? - Robin A.

Q: On your radio show I heard Theresa mention repelling deer with baby formula. Is this true? - Mary Ann H.
Q: We use a lot of wood for heat and have woodpiles with logs waiting to be split. This summer our woodpile was attacked by a very aggressive fungus. Any advise on stopping its spread? Ron R. Q: I saw a weird thing while walking in the woods in Louisville, KY. It was growing out of a crawdad hole. Do you have any idea as to what this is? - Lynn C.
 
 
Design Tip: Blooms Year Round
- by Theresa Schrum
 
One of the truly best things about living in the South is the ability to have something blooming in the garden year round, not just practically year round, but in all 12 months. If you choose your plants carefully, even the fall and winter can have bountiful blooms.
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Cool Plant of the Week:
- by Theresa Schrum

Winter Red Winterberry Holly (Ilex verticillata 'Winter Red') Deciduous shrub native to the Southeastern U.S. Unlike other hollies, winterberry loses its leaves in the winter. Female plants will be covered in bright red berries that persist into winter until the birds strip them bare. This is a good shrub for moist to wet soil. Make sure this plant has a "husband" nearby.
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Garden Calendar:
Give houseplants a half turn every month so they don't lean too much in one direction. (more tips)
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