The Georgia Gardener Newsletter March 8, 2007
Garden Knowledge: Vole Control
Two similar -looking and -sounding animals become active in spring: moles and voles. They are not the same animal. Moles eat grubs and soil insects; voles gnaw on the roots and bark of small plants. Moles make tunnels under your lawn. Voles are short tailed meadow mice. They make runways under the mulch around plants. Know the Difference


Reader Questions:
Q: Can you tell me why there is a flush of new growth in the top of this pine? Is there a problem?
- Rob S.

Come Visit!
Manure Day on March 24! Get all of the rich, composted horse manure you want at Little Creek Farm Conservancy - only $5 per big bag or $25 per pickup truck load. Buy a Manure Day T-shirt and I'll sign it!

Pike Family Nursery ( #16 - Marietta) - March 10. Bring your weeds and your questions for us. We'll bring our answers and valuable gifts for you!

The Home & Design Show - Cobb Galleria on Mar 31. Well give away 150 pairs of tickets so you can watch the broadcast and then attend the show free! Enter to win tickets
Q: My expensive new coral bark maple is rapidly dying. I dug around the trunk and took pictures for you. What do you think? - Cathy W. Cool Plant of the Week:
- by Theresa Schrum

Autumn Fern (Dryopteris erythrosora)
Evergreen fern native to Asia. The Autumn Fern is perhaps one of the prettiest ferns remaining upright and “fresh” throughout the year. New fronds emerge with an orange cast giving the fern its name. Very easy to grow in partial to full shade and in containers. Tolerant of cold and deer-resistant. Learn more...

Design Tip: Starting Plants from Seed
- by Theresa Schrum
 
Now is the time to start summer annuals, vegetables and even perennials indoors from seed. We're about 4-6 weeks out from our usually latest frost. Starting plants from seed is an economical and fun way to begin your spring gardening before the official start of spring. Learn more...

Q: The tree shelter tubes that came with my wildlife orchard trees cause them to break in two! What can I do to correct this? - Johnny D.

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Be sure to listen to Highway Horticulture on The Lawn and Garden Show on News-Talk 750 WSB on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. We'll discuss the latest observations of the natural world that Theresa Schrum has made from the seat of her pickup truck!
 
Garden Calendar:
If you haven't spread lime on your lawn in a year, it's time once again. Use 40 pounds per 1000 square feet. (more tips)

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