Now is a good time to plant apple trees. The old adage of "you get what you pay for" is an important consideration when buying apple trees. Often "bargain plants" are not healthy or may not be a variety adapted to your area. Buy only trees of recommended varieties from a reliable source.
As we get closer to spring, the best times for pruning many deciduous trees and shrubs is slipping away. However, there is still plenty of time to do any necessary pruning. Some trees bleed heavily when pruning is done closer to the growth time. A few of these are maple and birch.
It's been a long, hard winter and I am ready for spring. I love the color green and it can be hard to find during the cold days of winter.
During the cold days of winter it's hard to think about summer gardens and green lawns, but now is an excellent time to test your soil.
Winter may be a slower time for lawn and garden work, but the following are a few tips to keep in mind as you work in your lawn or garden during the cold days of February.
I believe the most popular fruit bearing plant is blueberries. This has not always been the case; however, in the past 20 years, gardeners have realized the benefits of blueberries.
Proper pH of the soil is important to plants. If the pH is low, lime may be added any time of the year. However, since lime is slow to react, applying lime as soon as possible is important. Soil pH strongly influences plant growth, the availability of nutrients and the activity of soil microbes.
Gardeners are disappointed when a portion or all of a plant dies. Injury to the trunk, crown (area at the soil line) or roots generally is the primary cause of death. Death of plants can result from two or more factors interacting to weaken or injure a plant.
For the past few years, we have gathered at this same spot for a weekly visit. I've looked at it as a friendly chat over the back fence.
Pesticides are commonly used in lawns and gardens, but do we stop and take time to think about safety?
Often times the cooler weather gives us the feeling that we should be working inside instead of attending to our landscape. On the coldest days, this certainly makes sense, but there are a number of things that can and should be done now in the landscape to get them ready for the spring flush.
Now that the final moment of Christmas is over and radio stations are no longer playing songs by Bing Crosby and Dean Martin, the focus now moves to the New Year.
In 1992, I had a temporary loss of mental stability and decided to run for the Georgia House of Representatives.
Over the past nearly 30 years, I have written articles about everything from flowers to horses. Since Christmas is this week, permit me to set aside my 'normal' article and reflect on this special time of year.
This winter has started out as being long and cold. With cold weather, we often see what is called frost. Frost is something we see, talk about, and even predict, but do we really understand it.
The winter storm of the past week has led to many shrubs and trees damaged in home landscapes.
I have often marveled how teachers could do it. Not just the keeping a classroom of children occupied or trying to keep track of how many kids have gone to the restroom, either. I have always been in awe of those good teachers who really inspire their students to learn.
I am not by any means a jewelry girl.
My "here" is quite different from what it was at the beginning of 2015.
No one listens to me.
Winter doesn't seem like a good time for insect control in your home orchard or landscape, does it? The frigid temperatures of February aren't conducive to much insect activity. However, right now insects are hiding out on your trees and shrubs waiting for the warm temperatures of spring to pop out and mess with your plants.
Backyard apple trees are very popular in this area of Georgia. Many people see the apples being grown just down the road in Ellijay and assume it should be easy to grow them at home.
If you had asked me 25 years ago if I was an extravert or an introvert, I would have whole-heartedly responded with the former.
Muscadines are grapes native to America, and they are a staple of home gardens all over the Southeast.
Being raised an only child meant I spent a lot of time reading and pretending.
All livestock require more energy during the cold winter temperatures to keep warm.
Someone asked me recently how many children I have and what their ages were.
The quality of our water can have a direct and persistent effect on our health.
When I was single, a friend suggested I sign up for an online dating service.
It's hard to believe that 2014 is well, over.
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