March 6, 2008

Garden Knowledge:

Pruning Roses:
The best time to prune bush roses is in early March, although it can be done any time between January and mid- March. A few warm days causes buds to swell, making it easy to see in which direction a stem wants to grow. Be sure to wear gloves! How to Prune Bush Roses

Come See Me!

I'll be speaking at the Barnes and Noble on Moreland Ave. on Mar. 6 and at the Fayette County Library on Mar. 8. Join me at the McDonough Garden Club on Mar. 10. Bring your hardest garden questions!

Reader Questions:

Q: Can you tell me the name of this? It comes up in the spring and has a bulb that looks like a wild onion. Michelle E.

Q: Last summer my hydrangeas didn't really bloom. Now they have no sign of new growth. What can I do to save them? Debbie M.

Q: Okay, don't laugh. I'm new to the world of lawn care. I'm not sure if these are weeds or not. Mel G.

Spring Online Seminar - Mar. 22

The fall online gardening seminar was such a success that we're doing it again! On March 22, 11:00 a.m. to Noon we'll offer another free online seminar. The topic is "Help Your Landscape Recover From the Drought". This free event is sponsored by our friends at Encore Azalea.

Details and Registration Information

Garden Calendar:

If you haven't spread lime on your lawn in a year or two, it's time once again. Use 40 pounds per 1000 square feet.

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.

Design Tip:

Garden Bugs
Not a week goes by (even in winter) that we aren't asked "what is this bug and how do I kill it?" While wanting to identify an insect is a good thing, it isn't always necessary to kill it. You would be surprised to learn just how few insect pests there really are.
Learn More

by Theresa Schrum

Tell a Friend:

I hope you enjoy receiving this newsletter every two weeks. If you have friends who might enjoy it too, click the link below to send them a note. I promise that it will always be free, we will never spam you and we won't give or sell your e-mail addresses to anyone. Click here to refer a friend and to see archived newsletters

Cool Plant

Piedmont Native Azalea (Rhododendron canescens)
Deciduous shrub native to the southern U.S. In a few weeks, the first of the native azaleas will begin to bloom. Often referred to as honeysuckle shrubs by long-time residents, our Piedmont native azalea is a wonder to behold and smell when in full bloom. Learn More

by Theresa Schrum

Spring is an ideal time to plant Encore Azaleas. Encore Azaleas bloom in Spring, Summer, and Fall - with 23 varieties that provide year around color to any landscape. For additional information please visit us online at

Overhead Door's Spring Special
The Overhead Door Company of Atlanta has a great "Spring Special": inspection of all parts, adjustment of your door's spring tension, lubrication of all moving parts and a safety check of the entire system - just $69.95! Expires March 31.

Listen to Walter Reeves' "Lawn and Garden Show" on News-Talk 750 WSB, Saturdays 6am - 10am.
Walter Reeves, The Georgia Gardener | 1601 West Peachtree St. NE | Atlanta,GA 30309