October 1, 2009

Garden Knowledge:

Recovering from the flood

flood I spent a day vacuuming water out of my basement, thinking about our friends, family and neighbors in west Atlanta who spent days pumping water out of their whole house. I hope this amount of water never afflicts us again, but if you are recovering now or planning for the next deluge I have collected some great links to websites about the process.
Click here for more.

Ask an Arborist

Floods and Fallen Trees
by Theresa Schrum

arborist Tree tragedy struck the Schrum household two weeks ago during the deluge of rain when an 80-foot hickory toppled over without warning taking with it a nearby healthy 60-foot tulip poplar. There was no wind and the tree looked healthy, so why did this tree suddenly fall over? Learn more...

Reader Questions:

sennaQ: A friend gave me this plant and said the name had "candlestick" in it. Can you identify it? Libba P.

limb fungusQ: I recently noticed a couple of leafless limbs on my oak. One has a scaly orange fungus. Donna B.

orangedogQ: I found these creepy critters on a small citrus tree at my home. What could they be? Jim M.

Come See Me

I'll be speaking at Habersham Gardens this Saturday and will host a remote broadcast at the Pike Nursery in Peachtree City next Saturday. Plenty more broadcasts and speaking engagements this fall. Click here for details

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Garden Calendar

Walter's To Do List for October
Fertilize fescue, install pansies, plant bulbs, ...more
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Cool Plant

New York Aster (Symphyotrichum novi-belgii)

cool plant Perennial native to the Northeastern U.S. and Canada. A cool breeze is now moving across Georgia as we prepare for the upcoming winter. Even so, there are still quite a few late-summer and fall blooming perennials for the garden. New York asters are commonly planted for fall color with their cool blue flowers. 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:

Oct 2 - Gainesville Garden Expo
Oct 2 - Cabbagetown Tree Walk
Oct 10 - Trees Atlanta Tree Sale


Going Green with Rocco will bring you the latest and greatest ideas for making your home a more comfortable, less wasteful, lower cost and healthier environment for you and your family. Check out our chosen Green Vendors for special offers for your home.

Tour South African gardens with me!
I'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!

Listen to Walter Reeves' "Lawn and Garden Show"
on News-Talk 750 WSB, Saturdays 6am - 10am.
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