Lawns that work for Middle Georgia include:
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 Middle Georgia. It does well in 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.
More tips for your garden this week:
What's blooming? Cherry "Okame," Lenten rose, hyacinth, bradford pear, daffodil, lorepetalum, saucer magnolia, forsythia and azalea.
It's 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.
When do you prune lantana? Not yet! Wait for the new growth to show at the base of the plant.
Apply fertilizer to roses as they begin to break dormancy. It's too late to cut back "Knockout" roses with out delaying the start of flowering.
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.
Did you know the first garden club in the United States was established in Athens in 1890?
Here's an easy way to display daffodils. Cut daffodil flowers with a long stem. Tie string, raffia or thin ribbon around the middle of the stems and place in a vase. The more the merrier.
Todd Goulding provides residential landscape design consultations. Contact him at www.fernvalley.com or 478-345-0719.