Published on 09/11/08

Fall’s approach doesn’t signal end to garden fun

University of Georgia

Just because fall is looming, doesn’t mean there isn’t still plenty to do in the garden. On “Gardening in Georgia with Walter Reeves” Sept. 24 and 27, grow a fescue lawn, stake trees and share the beauty of angel trumpets.

"Gardening in Georgia" airs on Georgia Public Broadcasting stations across Georgia each Wednesday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Fall is the best time to plant fescue lawns from seed. Host Walter Reeves will use an aerator to loosen the soil and then show how to spread seed and straw to get the fescue growing quickly.

Young trees sometimes need to be staked to support them for a few months after planting. His favorite staking material is an old belt. If you don’t like the look of stakes, he’ll show how to hide them to anchor the root ball to the soil.

Their spectacular, trumpet-shaped flowers are common in fall. They are so beautiful that friends and neighbors often want a piece of the plant to grow in their own landscapes. Reeves easily propagates an angel trumpet using just a bucket of water.

Reeves will make a turntable that will make turning houseplants easy. In addition, they can be used to cover the soil under a plant to decorate it.

“Gardening in Georgia” is coproduced by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and GPB with support from McCorkle Nurseries and the Georgia Urban Agriculture Council.

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Faith Peppers is the director of public affairs with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.