Lower South

June, 2010
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Healthy Lawns and Healthy Lakes

National News

Runoff containing the nutrient phosphorus from fertilizer use is a big contributor to algal blooms and the resulting oxygen depletion in many lakes, rivers and streams. As a result, some states...

Bizarre, Incredible and Beautiful

From pollen to seeds to fruits, you'll see the intricacies of plant reproduction in a whole new way as you peruse the fantastic photographic images in The Bizarre and Incredible World of Plants...

The Best Veronicas

There is an incredible variety of speedwells ( Veronica ) for a gardener to choose from, with new offerings from breeders every year. How to choose from among all this horticultural largesse? The...

Invasion of the Emerald Ash Borer

The emerald ash borer is a beetle native to Asia that was accidentally introduced into the U.S. less than a decade ago. It is thought to have arrived in wooden packing materials brought in by ship...

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In the Garden

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Flowers for the Southern Summer Honor Roll

When summer temperatures soar into the triple digits, many plants that were enthusiastic bloomers in spring begin to fall by the wayside under the onslaught of the summer sun. Many plants touted as heat tolerant in other parts of the country melt like...
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Resources

Favorite or New Plant

Firecracker Plant or Cigar Flower (Cuphea 'David Verity') Need a plant that will blaze right through a southern summer like a Fourth of July firecracker?...

Clever Gardening Technique

Summer Soil Preparation Tip Garden soil can be difficult to work in the summer heat, especially if it is getting dry and...
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Regional Reminders

  • Raise the Mower Blade
  • Control Crape Myrtle Aphids
  • Trim Watersprouts from Fruit Trees
  • Wash Away Spider Mites
  • Rejuvenate Roses

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