University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent Frank Watson explains why adding mulch to new plant material is essential, especially during Georgia's drought conditions.
Published on 02/23/12
Adding mulch to new plant material is essential
By Frank M. Watson
Lush landscape plants under 20 feet for small spaces 08/31/22 Jordan Powers
Whether looking to create a natural screen between homes or hide an unsightly corner of a property, experts with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension say that well-chosen small trees and shrubs can help homeowners create a natural fence in the landscape.
Open houses at UGA Trial Gardens premiere peak-season plants 06/09/22 Maria M. Lameiras
The Trial Gardens at University of Georgia will be in full bloom and will showcase dozens of new cultivars being tested at two open house events in June, one for industry members and the other for the public featuring a pop-up sale.
When to prune landscape plants — and how to do it right 03/29/22 Ashley Brantley
Do you have a yard full of woody ornamentals? Are you unsure of when or how to prune them? With diverse growth habits and varying pruning requirements, it can be overwhelming to try to figure out when and how to prune each variety. Not pruning correctly, or at the wrong time, can lead to plants to become irregular in shape, more vulnerable to cold damage or pests, or less likely to flower at their full potential.
Avoid transplant shock by planting trees and shrubs in the cooler months 12/16/21 Paul Pugliese
Georgia gardeners will find the most success transplanting trees in the cooler seasons. But anywhere a tree or shrub dies within the first year of planting, there is usually a root issue involved. Spring-planted trees and shrubs are generally more stressed from summer heat because their roots are still underdeveloped during the first year. This results in excessive wilting, which causes well-intentioned gardeners to literally water their plants to death.
Are your trees boys or girls — or both? 10/18/21 Kim D. Coder
Female flowers and female trees produce fruit and seeds. Male flowers and trees produce pollen. Making the correct choice of tree gender can be important. Anyone who has ever smelled putrid ginkgo fruit, washed mulberries off their car or sneezed at tree pollen should understand.
Leyland cypress trees often planted incorrectly 09/22/21
Leyland cypress are one of the most commonly planted landscape trees, but poor site selection and disease pressure may soon send them the way of red tips and Bradford pears.