February 18, 2010

Garden Knowledge:

Fertilizing Fescue

Fescue is a cool-season grass. It does the majority of its productive growth between September and June. For this reason, fertilizer applications should be concentrated in the fall, winter and early spring. I've collected notes on how to do it right.

Ask an Arborist

Let's Talk Trash (Trees)

Labeling any tree as "trash" can be purely subjective based upon personal experience. However some trees, namely those non-native invasives, truly have earned this label. Often their shortcomings extend beyond their invasive behavior. The trash label can also be applied to trees that have major flaws that limit their appeal and usefulness. Learn More

by Theresa Schrum

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Reader Questions:

bark damageQ: Something is eating our sweetgum tree. What caused this? Linda C.

oak scaleQ: Does anyone know what is going on with this oak branch? Frank H.

racoonQ: The attached photos are of animal tracks I found following the snow. Can you identify them? Wendell D.

Are you a teacher or parent or novice farmer interested in hatching your own chicks? I'm teaching "Hatching Your Own Flock" on Thursday, March 4, at Oakhurst Community Gardens in Decatur.

Garden Calendar

Walter's To Do List for February
Prune pampas grass, plant daphne, clean bird houses, ...more
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Be sure to listen to Garden Basics on The Lawn and Garden Show on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. We'll open the phone lines for first time homeowners to ask their most puzzling questions.

Garden Events:

Feb 20 - Prune or Not?
Feb 22 - Hunt for Better Hydrangeas
Feb 27 - The Exuberant Garden


Cool Plant

New Dawn Rose (Rosa 'New Dawn')
Hybrid climbing rose of garden origin. This tough and profuse blooming rose produces scores of 4-inch light pink, double-flowering blooms in May and June with occasional flowers later in the season. Flowers have a mild fragrance. Disease-resistant and easy to grow on arbors or fences, this variety was introduced in 1930. Learn more...

by Theresa Schrum

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