July 23, 2009

Reader Questions:

berriesQ: My blueberry bushes have lots of tiny blueberries but have not matured into plump, juicy fruit. I am concerned. - Janet N.

squash leafQ: I am growing pumpkins for the very first time in my life. I'm worried about a white mold that is covering the leaves. Carol R.

hostaQ: I have gorgeous hostas but in mid-May we noticed they were being destroyed. Only the stalks remain. Tom P.

Garden Knowledge:

How to Fool the Neighbors
lawnmowerEven if you have never owned a home before, you can make your lawn look as if you're a turfgrass pro.

It boils down to one simple task
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Garden Calendar

Walter's To Do List for July
Spread chips, prune dahlias, fertilize houseplants, ...more
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

Tenor Phlox (Phlox paniculata 'Tenor')

cool plantPerennial native to the eastern half of the U.S. Most of us are familiar with the common varieties of tall garden phlox. These plants usually have flowers that are pink, lavender or white. Tenor is very unusual in that its flowers are bright red with a long summer blooming period. Learn more...

by Theresa Schrum

Garden Events:

Jul 25 - Snakes Alive
Jul 25 - Dragonfly Walk
Aug 1 - Trees Atlanta Neighborwoods

Design Tip

Crape Myrtles in the Landscape

crape myrtle Crape myrtles are often referred to as the lilacs of the South (sans fragrance) because of their popularity and the ease in which they grow. They are dozens of different varieties that range from 2 to 30+  feet tall. Reliable summer-flowering shrubs, they are tough as nails. Learn more...

by Theresa Schrum

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