October 15, 2009

Reader Questions:

luna moth caterpillarQ: My son found this in the wood chips. It latched onto him when he carried it, and had small little spines on its back. Ann B.

tree injuryQ: I found a nice-looking sugar maple at a local nursery. Now I?m noticing these canker looking things on some of the branches. Andy W.

cherry injuryQ: My Yoshino cherry trees get trimmed to six feet in early February. Now they have started to "burst through" their trunks and bigger branches have vertical splits. Susan B.

Come See Me

I'll be speaking at the Pike Nursery in Cumming this Saturday from 11 - 1. There are a couple more broadcasts and speaking engagements this fall. Click here for details

Garden Knowledge:

Jobs in Horticulture

lawnThinking about a career change? Want a second job? Worried about what to study in college? Starting salaries of students in agriculture/horticulture, including bonuses, are second among UGA colleges behind only the Terry College of Business.

Get rich...working with plants?

Pike Nursery Ad

Ask an Arborist

Mysterious Tree Damage

mapleOccasionally a reader or listener will send in pictures of what appears to be a perfectly healthy tree on one or more sides. Upon further inspection, it becomes clear that one side (or sometimes an entire half) of the tree has dead or dying foliage. What's up with that?

by Theresa Schrum

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Garden Calendar

Walter's To Do List for October
Plant bulbs, divide daylilies, chop chrysanthemums, ...more

Design Tip


compost bin Composting yard and kitchen waste is a great way to recycle organic matter for your garden. Unfortunately, compost piles can be rather unattractive leading some HOA's to ban them. It's possible to build or buy any number of compost bins that will accomplish the goal without offending the neighbors. 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 17 - Permaculture Design
Oct 18 - Tree ID Class
Oct 26 - Hydrangea Society Fall Symposium

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!
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. Walter Reeves, The Georgia Gardener | 1601 West Peachtree St. NE | Atlanta,GA 30309