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IN THE GARDEN

Subscriber onlyQ Please give me some do's and don'ts regarding exposed roots of a tree. I love the canopy of this maple I planted from a seed from upstate Virginia a dozen or so years ago. May I safely establish a steel edging border and fill it with bark mulch? Would it be safe to sever exposed roots a dozen feet or less from the tree? What would the minimum distance be for cuts? The farthest exposed roots must be 20 feet from the tree. Continue reading...

IN THE GARDEN

Subscriber onlyQ We spread wild-flowers in the back of our house a few years ago. We had one year that was good but until this year very few. The three that came back are sparse. We need to cut the backyard but would like to do it at the best time to spread the seeds. Can you help? [The reader sent a photo.] Continue reading...

African blood lily is most stunning of all bulbs

Subscriber onlyThe first time I saw the African blood lily was at a flower show in Atlanta. I was stunned at its size and beauty, and I put it on my ever-growing bucket list of must-have flowers. Now thanks to innovative horticulture coordinator Jamie Burghardt, I -- along with the throngs of visitors to the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens -- get to relish in their beauty every year. Continue reading...