The Georgia Gardener Newsletter April 19, 2007
Garden Knowledge:
What to Do After the Freeze
The Easter freeze is behind us but crisp leaves still hang from hydrangeas, Japanese maples and crapemyrtles. Resist the urge to remove the leaves or prune your plants. I predict there will be only minor twig death from the cold. There's no need to remove live stems. Here is a summary of what should be done now.

Listen this Saturday at 9:00 a.m. and I'll give you more information about dealing with freeze damage.
Come see me in this weekend!
I'll join Theresa Schrum and Bruce Holliday for a live radio broadcast this Saturday at the Pike Stone Center in Stockbridge. I'll be at the Five Forks branch of the Gwinnett Library System on Saturday April 28 to show you how to have "Fabulous Flowers and a Lush Lawn" and to answer all of your garden questions.

Listen Saturday morning 6:00 a.m. before you start working in your yard for more information about caring for your lawn.

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Cool Plant of the Week:
- by Theresa Schrum

False Rosemary
(Conradina canescens)
Evergreen herb native to Alabama and Florida. If it looks like Rosemary, smells like Rosemary, cooks like Rosemary, blooms like Rosemary but doesn't freeze to death like Rosemary, it must be Conradina. Conradina only grows 18-24 inches tall and wide and blooms with pale blue flowers in spring and summer. Deer resistant. Learn more...
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. Theresa Schrum and I will discuss her latest observations of the natural world!
Reader Questions:
Q: We might purchase a home with large trees in the front yard that have ferns growing on the branches. Is this a sign of illness in the tree? - Bonnie D.
 

Q:
I moved last year and this came up in the yard. The spines were just amazing. Do you recognize it? - Gwen M.
 
Q: We have a row of Leyland cypress that are starting to die off one at a time. They are about 10 years old . What can we do?
- Dan M.
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Garden Calendar:
Remove guy wires from your fall-planted trees. Trees that move with the wind grow stronger than those supported for more than a few months. (more tips)

 
Garden Events  
Listen to Walter Reeves' "Lawn and Garden Show" on News-Talk 750 WSB, Saturdays 6am - 10am.
Walter Reeves, The Georgia Gardener, 1601 West Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta,GA 30309
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