newsletter information for late summer/fall?

aleighjc(7)July 23, 2010

I'm on my subdivisions board as the landscape committee and I'm wondering about late summer or fall landscaping/gardening. I'm not a native to Georgia, so I'm not sure about how to treat the plants/grass/landscape with each season. I'm looking for information that I can add to our Aug/Sept/Oct newsletter. Thanks for any advice/tips.

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esh_ga

Some thoughts/tips that you can offer:

- different types of grass have different requirements, folks might want to check out Walter Reeves's Lawn Calendars to find out what to do for their lawn: http://www.walterreeves.com/lawns/article.phtml?cat=6&id=353

- have fewer weeds next year by making sure that this year's weeds don't go to seed! A favorite rhyme of mine: "One year's seeding equals seven years of weeding" (because the seeds don't all germinate the same year).

- when the leaves come down in the fall, save them for a compost pile or chop them up with your lawn mower and use them as mulch under your trees and shrubs. As the leaves break down, they act as free fertilizer for those plants.

- fall is a great time to plant trees and shrubs; use the hot summer to research the right plants so that you are ready to plant in the fall.

Walter Reeves also offers a nice seasonal calendar.

Here is a link that might be useful: Seasonal calendar

    Bookmark   July 23, 2010 at 10:21PM
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louisianagal(z7bMS)

You might also mention the fact that you can deadhead or cut back some annuals and perennials and get a fall bloom period, you can do that with roses too.
You can give some info on seed saving. Late summer and fall are great times to collect seeds from zinnias, coneflowers and others, and these seeds can be used to trade or just sow in another area. You can also collect veg seeds or melon seeds, for example. Also there is a forum here called winter sowing and you might want to direct some folks to check out that forum and they might want to do winter sowing this year. They could be getting there containers ready in the fall.
laurie

    Bookmark   July 23, 2010 at 11:18PM
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aleighjc(7)

I knew I could count on you guys. I had checked with a local garden center and home depot and they were not very friendly and didn't really have any advice. I went when I knew they would not be busy too. Thanks again!!! Still looking for more, and off to go check out the links!

    Bookmark   July 23, 2010 at 11:24PM
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girlgroupgirl(8 ATL)

If you are interested in knowing more about vegetable gardening, some information is in the Oakhurst Community Garden newsletter. It will tell you what crops they have been planting, and that is a help for the gardener.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2010 at 5:18PM
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susancol(7 Atlanta)

The Cobb County Extension offices has articles on Hot topics in Urban Agriculture that offer up Monthly tips...
Could be good fodder for your newsletter if you're near the Atlanta area.

And I second the Walter Reeves suggestion.

Susan

Here is a link that might be useful: Cobb County Extension

    Bookmark   July 27, 2010 at 9:34AM
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