April 2, 2009

Garden Calendar:

Walter's To-Do Guide for April
Divide ferns, lime lawns, spray azaleas, ...more

Reader Questions:

bird nest windowQ: Every fall when I open my windows hundreds of lady bugs, wasps, and large amounts of straw fall out of the window frame. How can I control this problem? - Todd K.

fairy ringQ: I started seeing this problem 4 years ago in my zoysia lawn. It stays in the exact shape and position except where it has spread. Any ID? - Rich F.

prunedQ: Our driveway is lined with Carolina Beauty crepemyrtles but we have yet to see any beauty in them. Why can't we get a bloom out of these trees? - Christy L.

Garden Knowledge:

Ground Bees
ground bees We're all familiar with honeybees that live in colonies but ground bees prefer the solitary life. They nest in burrows in the ground. Look for a mound of soil standing two inches high, with a quarter-inch hole in the center.
Find out more

I'd Love to Meet You

I'll be hosting a free webinar on April 4, teaching at Evening at Emory on Apr. 14 and speaking at Scottsdale Farms on Apr. 19.
Click here for details

Encore Azalea 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*
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

Foam Flower (Tiarella spp.)
cool plantSemi-evergreen Semi-evergreen perennial native to the eastern U.S. Foam flower is a lovely compact perennial found in moist woodlands but adapts well to the shade garden. In early April, stalks of foamy white/pink fragrant flowers appear above the lobed and often multi-colored foliage. Thanks to plant breeders, many cultivars are available. Learn more...

by Theresa Schrum

Garden Events:

Apr 4 - Xeriscaping Your Garden
Apr 8 - Wild Mushroom Cooking
Apr 10-11 - Spring Garden Expo

Design Tip

Native Spring Wildflowers
bluebell Spring in Georgia ushers in a wonderful wildflower season with such celebrated natives as trilliums, Virginia bluebells, celandine poppies and a host of other ephemeral beauties that can be easily grown in home landscapes. The majority of these plants are outstanding in the woodland or shade garden. Learn more...

by Theresa Schrum

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