The Georgia Gardener Newsletter August 10, 2006
Mystery Solved!
Sometimes, all it takes is talking to the right expert. In the case of the mysterious clay particles, it's Dr. Bob Matthews who had the answer.

Reader theories | Here's the solution!

Garden Knowledge:
When my father died several years ago my family faced a situation familiar to many: disposing of his pesticides. In his sixty-five years of small-time farming he had accumulated multiple sprays for his orchard, dusts for the cows and weed killers for the pasture. What were we to do with the poisons?

Reader Questions:  
Q: This shrub "volunteered" at the base of a large sweetgum two years ago. It has small white flowers in the spring and the fruit is as shown; a bright, tomato red, sphere. - Bob B.    Q: My husband found this beetle at a convenience store in Carroll county and brought it home. We have no idea what it is. We were hoping you could help us to identify it. - S. Bell
 Q: OK, I did a stupid thing. I forgot to purge my sprayer of Roundup, then I put insecticide in the tank to spray my crapemyrtles. Now what do I do? - Bob P.   Q: Nine years ago I planted four red maples. I am concerned about two of the trees. Their bark has long cracks in it. Why? Dan F.


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Design Tip: Easy Plants
- by Theresa Schrum

Are you new to gardening or new to Georgia? If you're wondering what are the easiest landscape plants to grow in this hot and dry weather, the "Design Tip" over the next few newsletters will cover such plants. First in the series will be trees and shrubs followed by perennials and finally annuals. Learn more...
Cool Plant of the Week:
- by Theresa Schrum

Sum & Substance Hosta (Hosta x 'Sum & Substance'): Perennial native to Asia. Hostas are one of the most popular perennials for the shade garden and as such there are perhaps hundreds of cultivars available. Sum & Substance is the largest hosta of which I am aware and reaches an astounding size of 3 feet tall and 6 feet wide. Learn more...

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    Bermuda or zoysiagrass encroaching in your fescue lawn? Spray it with glyphosate (Roundup) now and again in September before you plant fescue this fall.

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