April 16, 2009

Reader Questions:

fire weedQ: This weed is nasty. If you touch it, it doesn't stop stinging for 4 hours!
- Rosemarie S.

dogwood spotsQ: My dogwood has beige blooms...which should be white. There are many small red dots on the petals. Should I worry? - Steven V.

cherry gallQ: What's this sprouting out of the leaves on the limbs of my wild cherry tree? I don't think it's an insect infestation.
- Erik D.

Garden Knowledge:

Ordering Plants by Mail
I got a big box of daylilies and irises last week which I had ordered online from a company I've dealt with in the past. Though I always try to patronize local nurseries, the plants I wanted weren't available here...so I went to the Web.

Here are tips on buying plants by mail
Best Fescue Sod Value in Atlanta

Pike Nursery

Garden Calendar:

Walter's To-Do Guide for April
Plant Easter lily, mulch tomatoes, plant marigolds, ...more

I'd Love a Visit!

I'll be speaking at Scottsdale Farms on Apr. 19 and hosting a radio broadcast at the West Cobb Pike Nursery on Apr. 25. Click here for details
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

Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
cool plantShort-lived perennial or reseeding annual native to most of the U.S. and Canada. There are many species in the genus Rudbeckia that bear the name black-eyed Susan, but I think this species has the most handsome flowers which can be up to six inches across. Easy to grow and drought tolerant. Learn more...

by Theresa Schrum

Garden Events:

Apr 18 - Earth Day
Apr 19 - Victory Gardens II
Apr 20 - Dahlia Tuber Sale

Design Tip

Plant Natives for Earth Day
native plants Beginning in 1970, Earth Day has been held each April 22nd to bring awareness to the needs and problems of our planet. This year, I encourage all of our subscribers to plant a native plant in their landscape, at a school or in a local park in honor of this occasion. Learn more...

by Theresa Schrum

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