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30 Oct
2019
Sourwood in the fall garden

Small Fall Native Trees

Aah…Beautiful autumn in Northeast Georgia. As I’m out and about these days, I’m thinking about how so much of the splendid fall color we see is from the big native trees…in the big-picture landscapes. You know, national forest lands and public parks, undeveloped rural acreage along the highways and mature, old-growth neighborhoods (not the people,..

09 Oct
2019

The Hopeful Hemlock

Are you familiar with the Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)? I hope so, because that means the tireless work of a whole lot of North Georgia volunteers is paying off in increased awareness of the tree’s beauty and value—and of the plight that is threatening its survival. If you’ve hiked the slopes, ridges and ravines of..

02 Oct
2019

Fall To-Do….Or Not

Avid gardeners and piddlers, alike, know there are plenty of chores to busy ourselves with in the autumn months—in case we’re not busy enough already. You know, tidying up, maintaining tools, organizing and planning. But today, I’m going to focus on what I believe are the two most important things you should be doing right..

14 Aug
2019

Nature’s Copycat: Food Forests

Nature’s Copycat & Your Potential Buffet: All About Food Forests One of the most important and thought-provoking concepts in life is just how profoundly interdependent we all are on one another, particularly in the area of food production. We rely on one other for varying services and goods, with each individual offering their own indispensable..

29 May
2019
native Pink Lady Slipper

Going Native

I asked a friend and fellow master gardener, Janet Martin to write about gardening with native plants. Janet is using native plants exclusively in her North Georgia home and she explains why she is only using natives. (The photos are taken from Janet’s garden.)   Shall I Plant Natives or Exotics? Whether you’re starting a..

28 Feb
2019

Bee Concerned

Have you hear that the bees are dying? That they are disappearing? That between 2006 and 2013 we lost an estimated 10 million domestic hives just in the US? Bee’s are the most recognized pollinators on the planet. Their entire lives revolve around nectar and pollen. This is especially true for honey bees. But Colony..

20 Feb
2019

Locally Grown Landscapers

Any one can dig a hole in the ground and put in a plant. But if that’s all you do, the plant might survive but it won’t thrive. Along the same line, you can plant any kind of plant any where. But will it live? Is it adapted to survive the heat of a North..

05 Mar
2018

Small to Mid Size Native Trees for Fall Color

When homeowners consider adding a small tree to a landscape design they are most likely going to consider size and flowering. However, in order to create a high impact design, there is more to selecting a tree than these two qualifications. You should also think of the canopy shape, environmental needs and multi seasonal interest...

26 Feb
2018

Mid Size Native Trees for Home Landscapes

Trees are the foundation of any landscape design and should be selected carefully. Native trees are always a first choice due to the fact that they survive well after all, you will be planting them their native environment. Most smaller yards cannot support canopy sized native trees however there are options for small and mid..

01 Jan
2018

Small Trees for Pollinator and Butterfly Gardens

Trees for Pollinator and Butterfly Gardens Carefully considering which trees to plant when designing a garden for butterflies and pollinators is crucial. Simply die to their size, a tree can offer a lot of food at once to wildlife. You can create a pollinator friendly yard and still have an attractive landscape by including the..

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