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July 19, 2003

Soil Layering

An heirloom azalea, hydrangea or other woody
plant is easy to propagate by "soil layering". Hank Bruno, Trails
Manager at The Gardens at Callaway, shows Walter how to wound a
drooping azalea limb, dust it with rooting hormone, and cover it with
soil. Roots will form in 3 months, and the newly-rooted plant can be
clipped free from the mother plant and potted up for growing until
strong enough to be placed in your landscape. For instructions on
propagating, click here.

Fast-Growing Shade Trees

Want some shade in your landscape, but your
bank account says "No" to purchasing and planting large trees? Well,
you could choose some fast-growing shade trees. Want to know what,
where, how, etc? Your local county extension office has a free
pamphlet, "Fast Growing Shade Trees", that could help. Get your copy by
contacting a county extension office near you.

Foam Flower is Excellent for Shady Landscapes

Dr. Allan Armitage, horticulturist with UGA's
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, says that Tiarella
(also known as foam flower) is one of his favorites for shady
landscapes. Dr. Armitage joins Walter again this week to talk about
this nice addition to your landscape.

Growing Citrus in Georgia

Florida, yes! But, Georgia? Yes, too! Dr. Mark
Reiger of UGA's College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
shows Walter that growing citrus in Georgia is not as hard as it seems.
Several cold-hardy citrus are available which can be grown on a deck or
patio and moved into the house on the coldest winter nights.