Join us at the Decatur Old House Fair, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Courtyard by Marriott Atlanta Decatur. We will have a booth, and Pam Dooley,our owner, will be speaking. For hours and more information, visit the event website.
Effective June 1, 2010, the Georgia Water Stewardship Act (SB 370) creates a new culture of conservation for the state of Georgia.
Outdoor water use is now allowed daily as-needed, with limitations during the daytime hours between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Outdoor water users can responsibly utilize water in the landscape by following this schedule and employing best management practices outlined in the University of Georgia’s “Best Management Practices for Landscape Water Conservation”.
Conservation and good stewardship of our water supply are critical as our state continues to grow, and Water Stewardship Act provides direction for both indoor and outdoor water use and conservation.
The new rules are as follows:
Outdoor Water Use Rules – Effective June 1, 2010 *
(1) Persons may irrigate outdoors daily for purposes of planting, growing, managing, or maintaining ground cover, trees, shrubs, or other plants only between the hours of 4 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. Except for the uses/types of irrigation listed below, irrigation is not allowed between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
(2) The following outdoor water use is allowed at all times (no limits on time of day):
a) Commercial agricultural operations;
b) Capture and reuse of cooling system condensate or storm water in compliance with applicable local ordinances and state guidelines;
c) Reuse of gray water and use
d) Use of reclaimed waste water;
e) Irrigation of personal food gardens;
f) Irrigation of new and replanted plant, seed, or turf in landscapes, golf courses, or sports turf fields during installation and for a period of 30 days immediately following the date of installation;
g) Drip irrigation or irrigation using soaker hoses;
h) Handwatering with a hose with automatic cutoff or handheld container (includes chemical applications)
i) Use of water withdrawn from private water wells or surface water by an […]
Looks like another beautiful weekend in Atlanta! Hopefully you’ll have some time outdoors to enjoy it. I also hope you’ll have an opportunity to attend the Southeastern Flower Show this weekend at the Cobb Galleria. The show runs February 25-27 and features many great speakers that will cover topics including shade garden plants, landscaping with roses, creating habitats for wildlife, and discussion of what plants will be the ” garden must-haves” for 2011. Click here for the weekend schedule for guest speakers: http://www.sehort.org/flower_show/speakers/. There will also be many wonderful exhibitors available to answer any of your landscaping questions. Hope to see you there!
Attending GGIA’s WinterGreen Trade Show last week definitely helped lift my winter gloom! Not only did the show wrap up on a beautiful Friday afternoon, which is almost always a good day, it also ushered us into our most beautiful weekend weather of 2011 (I know, it’s early…but it sure felt like spring). Seeing the vast selection of proven garden winners such as tea olives, sweetboxes, and hornbeams combined with exciting new introductions including truly upright elms, improved gardenia varieties, and a red-leaf blueberry bush definitely gets me excited about spring planting season! We look forward to helping you find a home for some of these plants in your garden.
Speaking of your garden, our maintenance guys are hard at work this month. Both warm and cool season grasses are in a transitional time right now and not pushing out new growth that requires mowing. If we think your lawn would benefit from a topdressing of sand and topsoil, we will soon be sending out estimates for this service. Right now your Crape myrtles are being pruned, liriope is being cut back, and ornamental grasses are being cleaned up. By pruning these plants, we are telling them that it will soon be time to wake up from their winter slumber. And don’t worry; we do not train our guys to hack your Crape myrtles. There are enough companies that have perfected that hacking thing. Our normal procedure is to remove the spent flowers and any cross branches. We also consider the space where the tree is planted to determine any additional pruning needs that might be required. Please, if you have any […]