If you live in the South, it's time to go outside and get the garden going!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Richard Weisser Realty

Atlanta Botanical Garden by Richard WeisserWinters are short in the Southeastern United States. And February is the time to start those outdoor chores that are necessary to get the garden ready for spring.

If you have been thinking about transplanting anything, now is the time, before the blistering heat of summer makes root development impossible. Also, it's time to prune, especially all of those beautiful Roses, Crape Myrtles and Butterfly Bushes.

Lawns should be treated for emerging weeds, and overseeded as early as possible. Vegetable gardens should have organic materials added and tilled deep into the soil. and fresh soil added for this year's plantings.

Don't do anything to you azaleas and rhododendrons until after they bloom, as the buds are already set and fertilizer will cause the flowers to burn off into an unpleasant shade of brown.

If you wait until the warm weather arrives, it will be too late. Gardening not only makes your property more attractive, it is an endeavor that exercises the body and rejuvenates the weary spirit!

So don't put it off, why not get started this weekend?

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Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

O.K.  Don't rub it in.  My crocus haven't even peeked out yet.  I'm planning on planting some seeds today just to get something, anything going. 

We got up to 22 degrees yesterday. 

Not yet.


Feb 05, 2009 11:48 PM #11
Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners - Athens, GA

Richard I think I will wait until the weekend, when it is supposed to be in the 60's, but thanks for the reminder.

Feb 05, 2009 11:52 PM #12
Melody Botting
Broker Associate PenFed Realty - San Antonio, TX
You Deserve The Best

My garden has been suffering for the past few years but NO MORE!  I can get tips from a pro here.  My tomatoes and jalapenos have been a challenge.  When should I plant them?  Also, short stalked colorful flowers facing the south and getting full sun all day.  What kind do you suggest?  (It is near a walk way).

Feb 06, 2009 12:04 AM #13
Calvin Cowles
Cowles Home Inspection Services Inc. - Newnan, GA

It is also a good time to get a "maintenance" inspection. I know many of those "older" homes and "younger" homeowners in Newnan would benefit from it. There is nothing like proper maintenance practices to protect, dare I say increase the value of your investment!

Feb 06, 2009 12:17 AM #14
Susan Mangigian
RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches

Richard, Richard, Richard.  It's in the teens here and we can't begin to garden until some time in April.  Can't plant annuals until after Mother's Day.  I can throw Max's marigold seeds down in late April, early May, if I get the mulching done first.  Ahhh.  So much work.  Can't wait!

Mel, those are questions for the Dear Richard column!!


Feb 06, 2009 12:18 AM #15
Melody Botting
Broker Associate PenFed Realty - San Antonio, TX
You Deserve The Best

Susan, I have missed the Dear Richard column for at least two weeks.  I need help where I can get it.  Gardening is fun when it is not 110 outside.

Feb 06, 2009 12:40 AM #16
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

It's still a little too cold here to start the gardening, but it's nice to hear there is a hint of Spring on the horizon.

Feb 06, 2009 12:59 AM #17
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


Yes indeed, that's midtown Atlanta in the background! Now get out there and get that work done!


It's actually the time we need to get going, another week or two and it will be too late! THX


But you have the Rock and Roll Hall of fame and Cedar Point! It's a trade-off for the lake effect snow! lol

Feb 06, 2009 01:09 AM #18
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


We run about a month ahead of you on the gardening calendar. It gives us less of a rest in the winter!


It's time here in Georgia, we need to get going!


I like perennials in full sun. The wild species roses are insanely popular now, as well as Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia) and Purple Coneflower. (Echineacea)

You can NEVER go wrong with Lantana, it loves the sun and blooms all year!

I also like succulents in full sun. hey, I'll do a blog post about this! lol


Feb 06, 2009 01:15 AM #19
Melody Botting
Broker Associate PenFed Realty - San Antonio, TX
You Deserve The Best

I was going to copy, past and print your response.  I will just wait for the post!

Feb 06, 2009 01:27 AM #20
JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

We are getting close to that time again aren't we? Hot weather is right around the corner.

Feb 06, 2009 03:30 AM #21
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

The official start to spring is out about six weeks Richard and in some areas of the south it is warming up. Got to watch for those late freezes though.

Feb 06, 2009 03:39 AM #22
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Well Richard where was this info last year.  Now I know why my azaleas did not bloom pretty.  And also thanks for the reminder about my crepe myrtles.  Last year I pruned them late and that caused them to not be as bushy also.  And the weather man says this is going to be a beautiful weekend for getting these things done.

Feb 06, 2009 04:56 AM #23
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

You are right Richard...Even up here in 'God's' country, we are planning our gardens.  I  have secured a good place to get old compossed manure.  Trees are ordered and most of the seeds.  The garden site is planned...I just need 40 degrees to get started!:)

Feb 06, 2009 06:12 AM #24
Christopher Bonta
The Bean Group - Londonderry, NH
Realtor, Integrity and Honesty

Yes Richard rub it in about how nice the weather gets down south (just kidding), Here in NH I will spend my weekend shoveling snow off my roof and breaking the ice dams that have formed, we are suppose to get up to a balmy 42 degrees over the weekend!!!

Feb 06, 2009 09:50 AM #25
Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

Richard,  STOP, STOP, please stop.  Minnesota is still, except for today, going between 0 and 17,  It drives me crazy to think of daffodils and hyacinths and crocus right now.  I'm still looking at my poinsettia and amaryllis from Christmas...waiting and breathing and hoping for spring.  I hate Georgia right now.  Just rub it in.......

Feb 06, 2009 01:09 PM #26
Ann Hayden
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri - Chesterfield, MO


There is still snow on the ground here...  But the weather is warming up.

Ann Hayden wanting spring in Wildwood, Missouri

Feb 06, 2009 01:14 PM #28
Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner - Grand Rapids, MI
Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re

Maybe I could spread the pre-emergent crab grass fertilizer on the 9 inches of snow on the ground. What do I use to spread the fertilizer a snow shovel ?

Feb 06, 2009 02:16 PM #29
Chip Jefferson
Gibbs Realty and Auction Company - Columbia, SC

You must have read my mind. I have a bunch of bulbs that should already have been put out. Sunday evening I will be digging in the dirt!

Feb 06, 2009 09:56 PM #30
Tony Orefice
Wilkinson and Associates/www.TonyOreficeRealtor.com - Harrisburg, NC
Realtor/Harrisburg NC,Concord NC

I was thinking about that today. I still have fall flowers that need to be trimmed down and plan to plant new spring/summer flowers very soon. Fun, fun, fun.

Feb 07, 2009 12:48 PM #31
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