July 24, 2008

Reader Questions:

Q: My fescue lawn has dead spots but it receives plenty of water. I'm watering twice a day. I haven't treated for insects. Is that my problem? - Steve P.
Q: This thorny weed has pale purple flowers. The fruit has dark green streaks, like a watermelon. What is it?
- Reed S.
Q: I don't know if this is some crazy weed that I need to chop down or if it is a rare beauty. The fuzzy leaves are long and oval shaped and they ripple up the stem. - Hilary B.

Garden Knowledge: Slime Flux

It's not often that your nose detects a disease but slime flux is definitely a malodorous malady. You initially smell beer in your backyard...but July 4 was several weeks ago! Following your sniffer, you find a stinky, wet patch on the lower bark of an oak. Surrounding it are dozens of bees, wasps and beetles singing uproariously and playing grab-fanny with each other. Your nose knows

Garden Calendar:

Check for ticks, cut dahlias, feed houseplants....more

Design Tip

Coneflowers in the Garden
It's hard to believe that purple coneflowers, wild and native to the North American prairies, were once considered weeds. Today, coneflowers (Echinacea spp.) are among the most popular garden perennials and not all of them are purple. Coneflowers have now been bred to produce plants of different colors and sizes. Learn more...

by Theresa Schrum

Cool Plant

Blazing Star (Liatris spicata)
Bulbous perennial native to the eastern half of the U.S. and Canada. Blazing star (aka gayflower) is a showy summer-blooming plant with upright stalks of small purple (occasionally white) flowers that is easily grown in full sun gardens. Drought tolerant, the cut flowers are often used in arrangements. Learn more...

by Theresa Schrum
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 Events:

Learn About Bats - July 36
ABG Plant Sale - August 8
Worm Raising - August 16

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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