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Super sod tips, wonder water garden on 'Gardening'

By Faith Peppers
University of Georgia

Even "Gardening in Georgia" host and gardening guru Walter Reeves can suffer "sad sod syndrome." When his fescue lawn struggled, Reeves decided to change to another turfgrass.

On the "Gardening in Georgia" shows airing the week of May 26, Reeves shows how he solved the problem using St. Augustine sod. Some turf varieties, like St. Augustine, don't produce viable seed. They have to be planted from sprigs or sections of sod. Reeves will show how to give the sod a vigorous bath before planting it.

"Gardening in Georgia" airs on Georgia Public Broadcasting stations across Georgia each Thursday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Each show features information specific to Georgia soils, climate and growing conditions.

In this show, Reeves continues to list the exceptional trees, vines and flowers that are 2007 Georgia Gold Medal winners. Georgia experts select Gold Medal winners each year that can thrive in the state's landscapes.

A little water is a welcomed sight in this year's drought. Reeves and UGA water gardening expert Tony Johnson show how to add plants to bring life to a backyard water feature. They'll show how to repot overgrown lilies, too.

GPB and the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences coproduce "Gardening in Georgia." McCorkle Nurseries, with support from the Metro Atlanta Landscape and Turf Association is underwriting the 2007 season.

Learn more about"Gardening in Georgia" at www.gardeningingeorgia.com.

(Faith Peppers is a news editor for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)

(Faith Peppers is the director of public affairs with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)

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