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Talking shrubs with Pike Nurseries

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Shrubs are the topic, and we've got some tips on how to plant them and what types are the best for the Atlanta area. Melondie McDanal from Pike Nurseries joined Good Day Atlanta's Buck Lanford on Friday's show with some of those tips, and why fall is the best time to plant them!

Click on the video above to watch the full segment.

Why Plant Now?

  • Fall is truly the best time to plant trees, shrubs, and perennials.
  • Planting now while the temperature is mild allows plants to establish before the summer heat
  • Planting now requires less watering

How to Choose a Shrub

  • Sun Requirements -- Full Sun: location receives 6-8 hours of full sun each day; Partial Sun: 3-6 hours of sun a day, usually in the late morning to the early afternoon; Partial Shade: sun is filtered, usually by leaves and foliage, and peek through for most of the day; Shade: area receives less than 3 hours of sun and is shady for most of the day.
  • Height -- Get a general idea of what height the plant should be. Is it going in front of a window that you don't want to block? Is it in the back of the garden and should provide some privacy?

Popular Shrubs for Atlanta Gardens

  • Encore Azaleas
    • Partial sun or partial shade
    • Great flowering shrub
    • Unlike some other types of azaleas that only bloom in spring, Encore azaleas bloom spring, summer and fall too

  • Camellias
    • Shade or partial shade
    • Blooms in winter and early spring
    • Deer resistant
  • Nandina
    • Full sun, partial sun or partial shade
    • Fast growing
    • Some varieties have foliage that turns a burnt red when it's coolers

  • Hollies
    • Sun or partial sun
    • Great evergreen shrub
    • Some varieties stay compact making them great for containers; other varieties like ‘Sky Pencil' hollies are tall and narrow, making them a great screen for privacy

Key to Success – Soil

  • The key to a plant's success is in the soil
  • Amend native soil with a quality planting mix like Pike Planting Mix
    • Loosens the soil so roots can establish more easily
    • Allows moisture to penetrate the soil and get to the plant's roots
  • Pike Nurseries does guarantee all trees and shrubs for life

If you have a question for the experts from Pike Nurseries the Good Day Atlanta crew at goodday@myfoxatlanta.com. Include your name, your city, your question, and a picture if you can. We may use your question on a future segment.

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