March 5, 2009

Garden Knowledge:

horseI have had an intimate knowledge of manure. Chicken mostly, but cow, pig, horse, goat and mule manure were all parts of my upbringing. With fertilizer prices rapidly rising, gardeners are discovering that animal manure is a good substitute. Many note that manure feeds the soil as well as their plants, making everything grow better.

Here are some sources of manure in metro Atlanta

Manure Day at Little Creek Horse Conservancy (near North DeKalb Mall)
Get big trash bags of composted horse manure for $5. Bring your pickup truck and pay only $25 for a load (or a bit more for big trucks). March 21st Saturday, from 9am - 2pm

Garden Calendar:

Mow liriope, spray peaches, prune hollies, ...more


Reader Questions::

cotton scaleQ: My dwarf orange tree has many of these insects. What are these odd looking things? Earl D.

cherry trunkQ: This little tree is in front of our house and will offer great shade if its not too late to save it from whatever is eating it to death. Can you help? Myles B.

daphne flowerQ: Is Daphne odora poisonous to humans? It makes a beautifully scented water that tastes great when you sip it. Judith S.

Spring Webinar:

Our fourth free online webinar is scheduled for April 4: "Lush Lawns and Great Grasses!" from 11:00 a.m. until noon. *Click here to register* I'll cover the tips and techniques you need in order to have the greenest, most weed-free lawn on the block. Theresa will discuss the many kinds of ornamental grasses you can use to make your landscape beautiful and drought-resistant. Once again, the online seminar is sponsored by our friends at Encore Azalea. Learn more about lawns and landscaping from the comfort of your own computer!
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.

Cool Plant

Seersucker Sedge (Carex plantaginea)
seerEvergreen shade perennial native to the eastern half of the U.S. and Canada. Aptly named with its puckering flat, grass-like foliage, the seersucker sedge makes a wonderful companion to ferns, hostas and hellebores. Curious looking flowers emerge in very early spring. It grows well in moist and dry shade. Learn more...

by Theresa Schrum

Garden Events:

Mar 7 - Growing Fruits and Vegetables
Mar 9 - Southern Wings Bird Club
Mar 14 - Gardening With Native Plants

Design Tip

Growing Grass in "Shade"
lawn This is perhaps the most asked question that Walter and I get. As we approach the spring season for seeding fescue and the summer for the warm season grasses, just how much shade will these turf grasses tolerate. And just how do you define shade? Learn more...

by Theresa Schrum

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