As promised in last week’s column, here is some advice about lawns that work well in Middle Georgia.
▪ Bermuda is a full-sun lawn turf. Avoid using common bermuda. Try Tifway, which is neater.
▪ Zoyzia is dark green in color and has some shade tolerance. Take a look at Zenith.
▪ Centipede is probably the most used lawn turf in the Middle Georgia area. It likes full sun to part shade, and is low maintenance. Take a look at new varieties like TifBlair, which is drought tolerant with low fertility requirements.
▪ St. Augustine is the most shade tolerant of the lawns in our area. This grass is a little coarse in texture, but it is an easy-care, Southern, shade lawn.
▪ Fescue is deep green, fine textured and makes a very beautiful lawn — if you live north of Atlanta. It just doesn’t perform well here with our hot summers. Regrettably, fescue is a waste of money in Middle Georgia.
Here are more tips and advice for the garden this week.
▪ What’s blooming: Cherry “Okame,” lenten rose, hyacinths, bradford pear, daffodil, lorepetalum, saucer magnolia, forsythia and azalea.
▪ Here’s an easy way to display daffodils. Cut daffodil flowers with long stems. Tie string, raffia or thin ribbon around the middle of the stems and place them in a vase. The more the merrier.
▪ It is still too early for annuals, but hardy perennials can be planted now.
▪ Last call to apply a pre-emergent herbicide to lawns. Use a weed and feed for existing weeds in about a month. Get more information about this at FernValley.com.
▪ When do you prune lantana? Not yet! Wait for the new growth to show at the base of the plant.
▪ Apply fertilizer to roses now as they begin to break dormancy. It’s too late to cut back “Knockout” roses without delaying the start of flowering.
▪ Hybrid roses are showing up in nurseries now. They make for great flowers, but are more work!
▪ Time to get out the mower. Use a low setting on the lawn mower with the catcher for the first cut of the season. This will remove dead grass from last fall, and pick up any other debris.