February 7, 2008

Come See Me!

Register to win a pair of free tickets to have breakfast and see our radio broadcast live from the Home and Design Show at the Cobb Galleria on Saturday, February 23rd. I'll be speaking at the Garden and Patio Show at the Cobb Galleria on Feb. 7 & 9 at 1:30 p.m. each day. Bring your hardest garden and pest control questions!

Garden Calendar:

Water poinsettia, Christmas cactus and amaryllis plants with houseplant fertilizer diluted to one-half strength.



Reader Questions:

Q: I have several pine trees that foam during a hard rain. There are bubbles at the base and the suds run down these trees as well.
- Rhonda M.

Q: I'm trying to determine if a "dwarf oyster plant" will survive as a perennial in Atlanta. I found it at a home improvement store. - Tex P.

Q: This maple is in my front yard. Apparently a branch grew out of the tree, then somehow reversed course and grew back into the trunk. - Randy C.

Design Tip:

Ornamental Herbs
Used by many civilizations throughout history, herbs have become an important part of most societies. At one time they were the sole purpose for traversing long and dangerous trade routes. Even though they have proven culinary and medicinal purposes, their ornamental value is often overlooked. Learn More

Cool Plant

Bright n Tight Cherry Laurel (Prunus caroliniana 'Bright n Tight')
Evergreen shrub native to the Southeastern U.S. This cultivar of our native cherry laurel is noted for its tight pyramidal habit making it an excellent plant for screening in full sun to moderate shade. The berries and foliage are poisonous to people and pets yet loved by birds. Learn More

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

Garden Knowledge:

Exposed Tree Roots
Surface roots are common around maple, oak and magnolia trees. If there is even the least bit of erosion or human traffic under the tree as it ages, big roots are exposed. Sometimes they can be one to four inches above the surrounding soil. Sound familiar? Here's what to do

My new book is here!

Georgia Gardeners' Q&A: 501 Answers to Frequently Asked Questions You can order an autographed book and I'll inscribe it any way you wish.

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Save On Insulated Doors
Get something extra with your new garage door! The  Overhead Door Company of Atlanta is offering a Free Keypad or Remote with the purchase and installation of any automatic Garage Door Opener. Offer expires February 29, 2008.

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