This Weekend Is The Big Sale

That is right. I always say the fall tree and shrub planting season starts with the annual Birmingham Botanical Gardens fall plant sale. The rain in the past couple of days and cooler temperatures are a perfect combination for signaling the start of planting perennials, trees and shrubs. Also, it…

Planting Days For Fall Vegetables

Finally, some cooler weather and rain are predicted, so if you have not already done so plant your fall vegetable garden now. Today, I broadcasted seeds of various greens and lettuce in my mother-in-law’s garden. If you use transplants for some things, they need to go into the ground now,…

These Fall Flowers Are Show-Offs

It’s that time of the year when fall flowers are at local garden centers and big box stores. While the most common purchases are garden mums, that is not the only thing that can freshen and brighten your fall landscape. Marigolds and asters are also excellent choices to add brightness…

Keep Your Encore Azaleas Blooming

Most of the Encore azaleas around town are finishing blooming. This is often the time of the lowest amount of blooms in any season. Why? It is generally due to poor care. So what should I do now to ensure that the plants are full of blooms each time they…

Lawn Care Now

Let’s face it, most of our lawns are neglected this time of the year except for watering when they need it. But, if you have not fertilized your Bermuda or zoysia lawn with a good lawn fertilizer this summer, do so now. While name brands can be expensive, those with…

What About Mulch – The Good and The Bad

My friend Libby said to me “Floyd you need to do a blog on bark.” Well since August and December are the months I like to apply mulch, what time could be more perfect. I am biased on mulch types. I much prefer pine straw over bark for several reasons….

August Gardening and Grooming

Let’s face it, August is hot and not an ideal time to garden. My gardening is water as needed, and other than a few chores, I am waiting on cooler weather to tackle big projects. At this time of the year; however, some type of maintenance is required besides watering…

Tomatoes and Marigolds for Fall

Now is the time to sow seeds of marigolds and tomatoes, if you want to enjoy their beauty and bounty this fall. The great thing about now is all you need is a good soil mix and some type of container. If you keep them moist, they will germinate quickly…

These Plants Enjoy Shade

This time of the year, shade is what we all look for in the garden. And while we like to escape summer in shady spots these plants love shade, too. While both impatiens and caladiums have types that will survive our sunny summer days, the ones most of us grow…

Caring For Summer Annuals

Pruning, fertilizing and watering are the musts for summer annuals. The problem is that there is no one size fits all recommendation. So here is a list of the most common summer annuals, and how I care for them. Petunias – You can plant these anytime, but they like sun…