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June 29, 2003

Building Raised Beds

In last week's program, horticulturist Wayne
McLaurin of UGA's College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences
told Walter about selection of materials for borders for raised beds.
This week, Walter visits Wayne once again to learn more about gardening
in raised beds. This time, he shows Walter his best techniques on
building them the beds. And, who gets to dig the bed? The person who
chooses the short straw at the beginning of the segment. Tune in to see
the winner!

Lawn Care in Georgia

UGA's county extension offices receive lots of
telephone calls and inquiries about care of lawns. Walter says your
local county office is a great resource to tap when you have questions
about lawn care as well as other landscape and garden questions. Walter
finds that the pamphlet, Lawns in Georgia, is very helpful. You can
find this publication at your local county extension office. And, it's
free! This pamphlet describes all of the turfgrasses we commonly grow
in Georgia and gives the complete maintenance tips for each one. Drop
by your county extension office to get one. You might be surprised at
the number of other publications and services they have to assist
Georgia gardeners. Walter also recommends that you visit our web site for lawn calendars and tips and UGA's turfgrass web site for additional resources and information on lawn care.

Buying the Perfect Plant

Stuart Cofer owns a nursery in Athens and is a
member and leader in the Georgia Green Industry Association (GGIA).
Walter learns from Stuart that you should carefully examine plants at
the nursery or garden center before you purchase and take them home. He
shows Walter how to examine plants to insure that you get only the
healthiest ones. He particularly emphasizes looking at the plant root
system to be sure it is healthy. After all, as the old saying goes, "An
ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." And, with landscape and
garden plants, purchasing and planting healthy plants adapted to the
site prevents many plant care and management problems.