November 29, 2007

Garden Knowledge:

Living Christmas Trees
When I was a kid, my family would traipse into the woods to find an acceptable red cedar tree to grace our living room for Christmas. Now most folks buy cut trees from a nursery or tree lot. But discarding the tree afterwards seems a waste of natural resources. Why not buy a living tree and then plant it in your landscape after the holidays?
Here are your best choices for live Christmas trees

Listen this Saturday at 9:00 a.m. and I'll describe the best ways to stake a tree you?ve planted!

Design Tip

Plants for Screening
As the leaves begin to drop from trees in landscapes and in natural areas, what was once hidden becomes painfully obvious. It's during this time of year that many people begin to realize the need for screening. There are many evergreen plants that can be used to screen your property.
Learn More

by Theresa Schrum

Reader Questions:

Q: This is a weed seed to beat all weed seeds. After pulling it, I looked like a porcupine! The seeds stuck to my hair, hands, shirt, pants, socks and shoes. - Gerry S.

Q: I have two of these big shrubs growing in my yard. The red berries are pretty now. Can you identify it?
- Jill D.

Q: Bees have invaded the roof area of my family's house in Cocoa, FL. Some of the wood has been removed, but the spot is not very accessible. - Starr Z.
Be sure to listen to Highway Horticulture on The Lawn and Garden Show on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Theresa Schrum and I will discuss her latest observations of the natural world.

Garden Calendar:

Spot-spray or dig out chickweed, violets and wild onions you find in your lawn.


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Cool Plant

Viburnums (Viburnum spp.)
There are over 100 species of Viburnum distributed around the world mainly in the Northern Hemisphere. There are many varieties (native and non-native) that grow beautifully in Georgia. Some are evergreen, most are deciduous. All have outstanding spring flowers. No garden should be without a viburnum.
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by Theresa Schrum



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