September 17, 2009

Reader Questions:

sorghumQ: This came up in my yard. At first I thought it was corn but it isn't. What is it and where did it come from? Jeremy S.

blightQ: My creeping Jenny is dying. I see these tiny little brown beads on the ground. What is this? Shannon P

raspberry leafQ: These spots started on my raspberries in June and just about wiped out the fruiting canes. Any thoughts? Jason C.

Come See Me:

I'll host a remote broadcast at the Pike Nursery in Suwanee this Saturday and speak at Woodlands Garden in Decatur on Sunday. I'll be at the Fall Home Show Sept 25 & 26. Click here for details

Garden Knowledge:

Planting Fescue 1-2-3

lawn mower My Facebook friends got the heads up a week ago that this is prime time to plant fescue lawns. Remember that you can't use a broadleaf weed killer or a pre-emergent before planting. Click here for details.

Win Tickets for free early bird admission to see Walter Reeves Broadcasting Live Saturday September 26 from the Atlanta Home Show. Go to and register!

Garden Calendar

Walter's To Do List for September
saddlebackBuy bulbs, plant cabbage, watch out for saddlebacks, ...more

Join my Georgia Gardener Facebook page
I send quick gardening tips to my Facebook friends each week. It's free, it's fun and it's educational!

Tour South African gardens with me!
south africaI'll be accompanying a garden tour to Johannesburg Jan. 9 - 21, 2010. We'll visit numerous beautiful gardens plus spend time in Capetown and go on a safari to Pilansberg National Park.

Escape chilly Atlanta for sunny South Africa!
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

Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia)

cool plantPerennial native to the Middle East. Russian sage is a great late summer blooming perennial with stalks of small lavender-blue flowers and aromatic silver leaves. This is a wonderful plant for sunny gardens. Drought tolerant and deer resistant, it also makes for a good cut flower. Learn more...

by Theresa Schrum

Garden Events:

Sep 19 - Tree Walk with Walter
Sep 19 - Insect-ival!
Sep 23 - Native Plant Sale

Ask an Arborist

tree lighteningReader Question: "I have a large oak tree that is 3-4 feet in diameter and approximately 70 feet in height. It was struck by lightning over the weekend and has two burn/scar strips from the top of the tree winding around the tree..."
Click here to learn more

by Theresa Schrum

Pike Nursery Ad

The DIY network is looking for desperate front landscapes in Atlanta.
Strong preference is for fun, funky, under 35 yr old homeowner(s). Any type of home is welcome, but prefer something unique: odd architecture, rehabber, urban loft, etc. Could be friends living together, rental property or even a commercial/church structure in a neighborhood surrounded by residential units. Only locations inside I-285 will be considered. It's a great deal: they show up in mid-October and in one day take the home from worst on the first! Click here for details.

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