Put the right plant in the right place
By Tim Daly

The fall and winter months are the best time of the year to plant trees and shrubs. They will have a greater chance of survival after being planted because the weather is cooler, allowing the roots, which are insulated from the cold by the soil, to continue to grow. This results in a strong, healthy root system.

Quality soil promotes healthy plants
By Tim Daly
Gwinnett County Extension Agent

One of the most important components of growing plants is the soil where they are growing. The soil provides the necessary water and nutrients required for the plant’s metabolic functions.

Native plants are a great choice for the home landscape
By Tim Daly
Gwinnett County Extension Agent

The state of Georgia is one of the most botanically diverse states. Close to 3,000 species of plants are native to Georgia, ranging from small wildflowers to large trees. These plants have many advantages and tend to be more resistant to environmental extremes and pests. If planted in the proper site and given minimal care, they will flourish and beautify the home landscape.

Using raised beds has many advantages
By Tim Daly
Gwinnett County Extension Agent

Do you want to grow vegetables but have limited space? Does your soil consist of hard clay or drains poorly? Consider using raised beds that are elevated planting areas on top of the native soil. They require minimal space, are easy to construct and maintain and have many benefits. Vegetables grown in raised beds tend to have higher yields, are easier to provide care, and use less space than traditional in ground gardens.

Crape myrtles thrive in the summer landscape
By Tim Daly
Gwinnett County Extension Agent

One of the most popular summer-flowering woody plants are the crape myrtles. They bloom profusely throughout the summer months and have minimal maintenance requirements once established.