The Georgia Gardener Newsletter September 21, 2006

Caterpillars 'R Us

Garden Knowledge: That Worm Will Bite!
As I walked past a small redbud in my yard, the leaves brushed the side of my face. Instantly my skin felt as if a dozen red-hot needles had swept across my cheek. Knowing the signs of what had happened, I raced indoors and applied ice to the afflicted spot.
Reader Questions:  
Q: I found a bunch of these happily munching on and devouring my parsley. Any idea what they are? - Zoe Z. Q: I checked my sassafras tree and noticed it was being devoured by several bright green caterpillars. What do you think? - Katie P.
Q: I found a caterpillar hanging upside down on my lantana. Can you please tell me what kind it is and what those white things are attached to its back? - Jan M.

Q: Dozens of these little 2" critters have invaded an oak tree that overhangs my deck, and are systematically stripping a big branch of its leaves. What are they, and how do I get rid of them? - Jamie L.
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    Design Tip: Ponds
    - by Theresa Schrum

    Now that watering restrictions have been eased back to the state's odd-even system for most of metro Atlanta, homeowners can once again entertain the idea of installing a pond into their landscape. The most common complaint I hear from pond owners is that they didn't make the pond big enough. Learn more...
    Cool Plant of the Week:
    - by Theresa Schrum

    Mt. Airy Fothergilla (Fothergilla 'Mt. Airy') Deciduous shrub native to the Eastern U.S. Mt. Airy Fothergilla is a very nice deciduous shrub with upright clusters of white flowers in early spring that resemble a bottle brush. Bluish-green foliage is present in the summer followed by wonderful fall color. Loves damp to wet soil in full sun to partial shade. Learn more...


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    Garden Calendar:
    Time for the first application of fertilizer on fescue grass. This cool season turf needs fertilizer in September, November, February and April.
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