Annual flowers make summer more beautiful, but they need a little help to look their best. On "The Georgia Gardener" Aug. 5 and 7, host Walter Reeves shows a simple approach to making the most of your summer annuals.
It's a three-step process. Reeves shows how to (1) fertilize, to stimulate new growth and new flowers; (2) deadhead, to remove faded flowers and encourage more blooms; and (3) replace weak plants and replace them with healthy ones.
Reeves also talks with Hank Bruno, trails manager at Callaway Gardens. Bruno shows how to get a drooping azalea limb to make a whole new plant the easy way.
Finally, Reeves visits a beleaguered Burford holly and finds a dramatic problem with insect pests. And sometimes, he says, the solution to such attacks isn't easy.
The Georgia Gardener is a show designed specifically for Georgians. It airs at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. Saturdays on GPTV.
The show is a production of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and PFC Holding Company.
(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)