The Georgia Gardener Newsletter November 16, 2006
Garden Knowledge:
It's cold now - but you may find yourself in a situation where you need to lay sod on your new or existing lawn. Can laying sod in winter be done successfully? Which grasses do best? Turf expert Clint Waltz has tips that can mean the difference between success and failure.
Garden Calendar
Fill bird feeders with black oil sunflower seeds. Birds will find and eat each seed and you won't accidentally feed chipmunks and rats.

Reader Questions:
Q: We have started noticing pinhead-sized tar spots on our privacy fence. When we scrape off the spots, the tar comes up, but it leaves a rust like stain.
- Carl M.
Q: We had a maple tree cut down three years ago in our front yard. Mushrooms have come up all over the place. My husband hits wood under where they are.
- Betty H.   
Q: Both of my coral bark maples look like they are trying to revert to another maple. They are suddenly putting out these “standard maple leaf” looking branches. - Steve B. Q:  Could you tell me what kind of tree this is? We cut it down because it was just too dangerous with all those spikes coming out of it. - Kim W.
 

Be sure to tune in to the Lawn and Garden Show on News-Talk 750 WSB
on Saturday at 8:00 a.m. We'll discuss the latest observations of the natural world that Theresa Schrum has made from the seat of her pickup truck!

Cool Plant of the Week:
- by Theresa Schrum

Golden Variegated Sweetflag (Acorus gramineus'Ogon')
Shrub/small tree native to Europe. This member of the hazelnut family was discovered by chance in England in the 1800's. It's most noted for its twisted structure and greenish-yellow catkins that hang down in late winter. Oddly, the leaves are just as contorted as the trunk and branches. Learn more...
Design Tip - Conifers for Georgia Gardens: - by Theresa Schrum
There is nothing prettier than a snow-covered landscape providing the backdrop for a grouping of conifers. So appealing is the scene that many people in Georgia attempt to recreate it, sans snow. Many northern conifers melt in a Georgia summer but there are plenty of other options. Learn more...
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