Monthly Archives: December 2014

Eddie’s Corner: Planting Trees in the Dead of Winter is Okay

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent, Winter 2014

Planting TreeIf you just can’t wait to plant that special landscape tree, why wait? In Georgia, the dead of winter isn’t all that dead. We have such great root weather that roots really don’t have a dormant period here.

If you are planning to plant a tree this winter, take a lesson from commercial foresters. In January and February, they’re busy planting pines across countless Georgia acres. Why don’t they wait until spring? Because there’s much more harm in waiting too long than in planting too early. Roots are active and growing in a lot colder soil than you may think.  Continue reading

Eddie’s Corner: Properly Care For Holiday and Gift Plants

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent, December, 1, 2014

PoinsettaFrom poinsettias to cyclamen and showy amaryllis to Christmas cacti, plants are popular holiday and hostess gifts. Receiving a live plant as a gift is a treat. Caring for them can draw mixed emotions, but fear not. By learning just a little about what a plant needs, you can keep your gifts flourishing through the season and sometimes for years after. Let’s take a look at several varieties.   Continue reading