April 17, 2008

Come See Me!

Come see me! We'll do a live radio broadcast this Saturday at the Lindbergh Pike Nursery and at the Marietta (120 Loop) store on Apr. 26. I'll be answering garden questions and signing books at 2:00 at the Hawkes Library in West Point, GA this Sunday, Apr. 20.

Garden Knowledge:

It's easy at this time of year to notice which lawns look great and which are a bit ratty. The good looking ones are free of weeds, dark green (for fescue) or evenly greening up (for bermudagrass, zoysiagrass, etc). Certainly some of them are cared for by professionals...but you can get results that are just as good if you follow a regular schedule of maintenance. I have assembled Care Sheets and Maintenance Calendars on all turfgrasses just for you!

Reader Questions:

Q: My pansies are filled with small bugs. I think that they are lacebugs, but didn't think that they were out this early. Todd F.


Q: I recently found a shrub with weeping limbs and tasty-looking fruit. I don't recall ever seeing this before. Isn't it odd that anything would fruit in late March? Larry U.


Q: My Peace Lily has serious problems. The leaves are coated with a shiny, sticky crystal. It looks like somebody sprayed it with a can of Sprite. The stems have brown growths on them. Dan L.

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.

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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.

Garden Calendar:

Plant the seeds of annual flowers such as marigold, cosmos, zinnia and celosia. Mix lots of soil conditioner in beds to help them be drought tolerant.



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Design Tip

Perennials for Dry Shade
Having a lush garden in dry shade is not impossible but it does require making some good plant choices as well as good soil preparation. You may be surprised that even perennials that usually require more moisture can adapt to dry shade even during a drought. Learn more...

Cool Plant

Green and Gold (Chrysogonum virginianum)
Semi-evergreen perennial native to the Southeastern U.S. Green and gold is a cheerful creeping groundcover that can be seen blooming now with five-petaled bright yellow flowers in hardwood forests around Georgia. It's easy to grow and adapts to a wide range of garden conditions, including dry shade.
Learn more...

by Theresa Schrum



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