Lower South

December, 2013
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Chinkapin (or Chinquapin) Oak
Winter is a great time to plant shade trees. Chinkapin oak grows into a large, stately shade tree fairly quickly if provided with adequate watering and care. It is very long lived and does best on soils with fairly good depth. This is one of the top choices for a landscape shade tree in the Lower South. For best results, mulch a large area around the tree and provide supplemental watering during summer droughts for the first five years to get it off to a good start.

Clever Gardening Technique

PVC Row-Cover Supports
Sections of PVC bent into a hoop and set down the row provide a great support for clear plastic or heavier weights of row cover fabric. This makes it fast and easy to cover plants on a frosty night, or to start seeds out of the reach of birds, rabbits, or desiccating winds. Drive a small section of rebar into the soil on either side of the row, leaving about 4 inches sticking out. Then slide the ends of 1/2-inch PVC onto the rebar to hold the pipe in place. Tie another section of PVC down the center of the hoops for extra support.

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