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'Gardening' shows rhododendron, lawn tricks May 28

University of Georgia

Show host Walter Reeves examines a seed packet, compares rotary tillers, prepares a lawn for drought and deadheads rhododendrons on "Gardening in Georgia" May 28 on Georgia Public Broadcasting.

"Gardening in Georgia" is produced by GPB and the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. It airs each Saturday at 12:30 and 7 p.m.

Reeves will explore the wealth of helpful gardening information on the back of a tiny seed packet. He shows how to understand the recommended hardiness zones, planting dates, days to maturity and other information.

He demonstrates how to use self-propelled, front-tine and handy two-cycle tillers. Then he describes how a few simple tools can help you measure the water your sprinkler applies. He tells how to mow your lawn at just the right height, too, and how to calibrate your fertilizer spreader.

Finally, Hank Bruno of Callaway Gardens shows Reeves how to twist the faded blooms from the branch tips of rhododendrons. This simple trick can multiply your plants' blooms next spring.

(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)

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