March 20, 2008

Brains vs Brawn!

We'll be doing a live broadcast from the PLANET Student Horticulture Career Day Competition at North Metro Tech on Mar. 29. Come see the best college students in the country compete in Truck and Trailer Operation, Annual & Perennial ID, Irrigation Assembly, Paver Construction, Irrigation Troubleshooting and more!

Landscape Drought Recovery!

Free Online Seminar
Don't forget to sign up for the free online gardening seminar this Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to Noon! Theresa Schrum and I will teach "How to Help Your Landscape Recover From the Drought". The event is sponsored by our friends at Encore Azalea.

Details and Registration Information

Garden Calendar:

Fertilize pecan trees with one pound of 10-10-10 for every inch of trunk thickness.

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.

Garden Knowledge:

Mason Bees:
I saw several hovering ground bees in my lawn last weekend, so I know it's time to construct more mason bee houses. I love these insects because they do not sting and they are great pollinators. You won't even know you have any around until you see that they have laid eggs in your tubes and sealed them with mud. Click here for directions.

Reader Questions:

Q: I found a strange Styrofoam attachment on a stem of my tulip tree (saucer magnolia).Is this something that needs to be removed? Sally B

Q: I have a tall Eastern cedar that has some sort of bright orange jelly-like substance is oozing from the trunk. Is there something I can treat it with? Beverly D.

Q: This is a flower that has come up in my bed. Could you please help me identify it? Bonnie B.
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:

Variegated Plants for Shade
In recent years, I have begun to develop an attraction for variegated plants to use in my vast shade gardens. Plants that grow in the shade can bloom, but the flowering is usually brief. Variegated foliage is a great way to add color and brighten shady areas throughout the year. Learn More

by Theresa Schrum

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Cool Plant

Florida Flame Native Azalea (Rhododendron austrinum)
Continuing our series of native azaleas, we have the Florida flame azalea which boasts orange to yellow highly fragrant flowers in spring just as the leaves are emerging. This native azalea blooms along with or just shortly after the Piedmont native azalea featured two weeks ago. Very easy to grow. Learn More

by Theresa Schrum

Encore Azalea
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.

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