Georgia azaleas: Proper planting and maintenance
Georgia's azaleas are bright and vibrant
By Tina Samuels
In 1979, Georgia's state wildflower was crowned the azalea. Georgia azaleas have a stunning variation of colors. Azaleas can come in beautiful oranges, reds, whites and yellows. The genus Rhododendron houses all the azalea plants. There are some azalea types that are more common in Georgia than others. While many of these require the same care as other plants in your yard, gardeners also must keep in mind that azaleas need their own special care and maintenance.
When you bring home an azalea to plant in your yard, you should have water, organic matter, a shovel and a garden fork on hand. Always wet the azalea root ball before you place it in the ground, as it is easier to do this out of the hole than after planting. The hole that is dug should be two or three times the size of the rootball in width, but about the same size in depth. Dig to these specifications before putting the rootball into the ground. Plant where there is an inch of the rootball above your soil, adding organic matter into the soil. You'll use your garden fork to amend the soil with the organic matter. At the time of planting, do not use fertilizer. Instead, mulch the planted azalea well. When done, water the area well. Make sure to keep a careful eye on your new plants so that they do not dry out.
Maintenance of Georgia azaleas
There are a few simple maintenance needs when you have azaleas. These deal with keeping the shrub moist, cool and disease-free. While every plant needs water, nutrients and a careful watch, azaleas can be prone to specific problems. Keep in mind, they can't dry out, and they should always be cool on the roots. These items that are listed below are the basic needs of all azaleas.
These azaleas are all found in some part of the state. Many of these are found in landscapes and yards around the South. All of these choices would be great in your yard, especially if planted around front porches and back patios. They can also attract butterflies and other flying insects into your landscape for admiring.
Atlanta-area landscapers are knowledgeable in helping you pick out, plant and care for azaleas meant for the seasons of Georgia. If you'd like to create a stunning azalea border, or just a few focal points in your yard, let any of these local landscapers answer your questions and guide you through the planting process.
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