Published on 05/18/11

Lawn care, tree selection tips on 'Your Southern Garden' May 21

Lovely lawns, showy coleus and picking trees highlight "Your Southern Garden" with Walter Reeves May 21 at noon and 6:30 p.m. on Georgia Public Broadcasting.

Just like your hair, a picture-perfect lawn begins with a good cut. A good cut begins with a sharp mower blade. Show host Reeves gets tips from Jason Kruse, a University of Florida horticulture professor, on how to get a keen edge.

Coleus was once relegated solely to shade gardens, but not any more. David Clark, UF professor of floriculture and plant genetics, shows his breeding work that has resulted in dozens of new varieties for both sun and shade.

To have good shade, you need good trees. UF horticulture professor Ed Gilman shows how to choose trees in a nursery. And, you don’t want to miss Reeves opening the “Your Southern Garden” mailbag and showing off a slimy creature he found in his garden.

"Your Southern Garden," produced by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and UF IFAS Extension, is a one-of-a-kind program specifically for the Southeast. The program is made possible by sponsorship from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Clemson Cooperative Extension.

Watch “Your Southern Garden” on select public TV stations in Alabama, South Carolina and Florida. Check local listings for details.

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