Each state has its own Arbor Day depending on the best time to plant trees. Georgia's best tree-planting times are November through March; so this year, Georgia celebrates Arbor Day today.
With the exceptionally bitter cold winter we have had, cold damage to woody shrubs and trees can be a problem here in Georgia.
In January, the Hall County Extension office begins to get calls relating to pruning times, soil testing and turf maintenance.
Now that the holidays are behind us, along with the record-breaking single-digit temperatures, many winter seasonal gardening plans can be made.
After the holidays is a great time to get out in the landscape and think about pruning plants.
Our homes would not be complete without a few classic holiday plants such as poinsettias and Christmas cactuses. However, did you know these beautiful plants have been decorating homes for the holidays since the 1800s?
In the fall, many trees like the maple and oak put on a showy, colorful palette for North Georgians to enjoy, but we cannot forget the beautiful evergreens that retain their leaves and needles throughout the year.
A "cornucopia" of plant life blesses the northeast area of the state as fall winds down and the beautiful colors of the trees and shrubs fade away. Then we can anxiously see the many ornamental trees and shrubs that will reveal their showy clusters of brightly colored berries, painting the landscape just in time for the upcoming holiday season.
While most people like the warmer months, I love cooler weather.
Everyone loves plant color in the winter when everything else in the landscape seems to have browned and gone into dormancy. Therefore, now is the time to plant pansies like the pros and get those spring-blooming bulbs in the ground for next year.
No doubt, this time of year is a favorite for most folks.
Fall is a busy time to get a few things done in the garden since September and October are great months to prepare for next year's growing season. It is time to kick start the garden for next year!
As fall approaches, the area extension office will send out applications to people interested in becoming master gardeners in 2014.
Seed saving is an old practice. In days gone by, farmers and gardeners saved their prized heirloom seeds and valued them as treasures worth holding onto every year to year. As the gardening season comes to a close and fall approaches, consider saving some of those phenomenal seeds from your vegetable garden and flowering perennials and annual beds.
Fall is my favorite time to plant and work in the garden. The days are cooler and it is a great time to plan and implement some great projects to ensure a beautiful landscape the following year.
Through the years, garden folklore has observed some facts about how gardens are planted and arranged. Some plants naturally grow well together, while others do not.
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