The Georgia Gardener Newsletter December 14, 2006
Garden Knowledge:

The striking red, pink or white flowers of the Christmas Cactus make it an obvious candidate for holiday houseplant blooms each winter. They are not fussy plants but they do best when taken outdoors to a shady spot in summer. I've collected some care tips - plus a link to a plant that's four feet wide!
Cool Plant of the Week:
- by Theresa Schrum
Needle Palm (Rhapidophyllum hystrix)
Evergreen palm native to the Southeastern United States. Needle palm is probably the most cold-hardy palm. It can withstand temperatures to -10 degrees with little to no damage. Needle palm is a shrub growing 6-8 feet tall and wide. It tolerates shade, salt and is deer-resistant Learn more...

Design Tip: Moss Lawns & Gardening
- by Theresa Schrum

It's time for homeowners to stop looking at moss as an enemy weed in the landscape. Usually those most bothered by moss are lawn enthusiasts who desire a yard that resembles the greens at Augusta National. Moss can make a luxurious evergreen ground cover in areas too shady to support turf. Learn more...
Garden Calendar:

Poke holes in the foil wrapping on pots of holiday plants and set them in individual saucers. Otherwise accumulated water will cause root rot.
Reader Questions:
Q:  I have a problem with green grass coming up in my dormant bermudagrass sod. Last year it progressively got worse - eventually like the whole yard had been overseeded. - Kyle H. Q: On Thanksgiving weekend my husband told me about this tree he saw on the edge of our yard with what looked like orange cherry tomatoes. Can I eat/use the fruit? - Lori R.
Q: While outdoors topping off my bird feeders, this creature fell out of the sky and landed near my feet. Do you have an ID on him?
- Mark and Marsha M.
Q: Our hedge was carefully propagated from the hedge that lines the football field at Sanford Stadium in Athens. Now it has white powdery stuff on the stems. What could it be? - Hal and Elizabeth H.

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!


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