Coastal and Tropical South

September, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Five Steps to Bulb Planting Success

National News

The best time to plant spring bulbs depends on where you live. Ideally, wait until the soil temperature is below 60°F. As a general guide, plant in September through early October if you live in...

Fall Cleanup Q and A

Cutting Back Perennials Question: After the first frost, should I cut back the flower stalks on my perennials? Or is it best to leave them as is and cut them back in the spring?...

Plant Protector Bags

With fall around the corner, thoughts turn to protecting prized plants from frost. Many gardeners watch the forecast for threats of frost and then run out to protect plants with blankets, buckets,...

Shrub Dogwood Trials

Shrub forms of dogwood (Cornus) make excellent landscape plants and are widely used by landscapers around the country. They are known for their green or variegated foliage, attractive flowers and...

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In the Garden


Dividing Time

Mid to late September is the line of demarcation for most of us in the southern coast region. Though the calendar says "fall," temperatures are still warm and hurricanes still threaten. But something in the air has changed. It's time to take stock, and...
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Web Finds

Growing Figs Some people just want a backyard fruit, while others love figs for the shape and texture of the...

Favorite or New Plant

Colorful Croton If you'd like to grow something known as the "world's most colorful plant," then croton is for...
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Regional Reminders

  • Consider the Cause of Early Fall Color
  • Rake and Mulch
  • Help Weak Trees
  • Give Hibiscus a Haircut
  • Sow Leaf lettuce

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