Lockerly Newsletter March 2017

From the Director
Regardless of what the calendar says, Spring has Sprung at Lockerly!  And you know what that means: Plant Sale!  The sale is coming together beautifully, thanks to our Dirt Digger volunteers & staff Volunteers are what make our Plant Sale possible!  We are now seeking volunteers to assist with set-up and sales during the event.  If you haven't already done so, please follow this link to sign up for a shift or two:    Also, make sure your membership is current so that you can shop on April 6, the Members Only Day.  Follow this link to renew your membership:

Thank you and I look forward to seeing all of you soon!
Jennifer Pollard
Executive Director
Are you a Friend of Lockerly?
If not, become one today! Go to to print a membership form and show your support for the Arboretum, or call (478.452.2112) to request an application.
Lockerly is a member of the American Public Gardens Association which means a Lockerly membership entitles YOU to discounts at other public gardens, including FREE admission to the Atlanta Botanical Garden if you live more than 90 miles away. 
Go to to find a listing of participating gardens.

We currently have 188 paid " Friends of Lockerly".  Members who joined for the first time or renewed  memberships during February include:
Mrs. Carole Eisenhart - Azalea
Dr. and Mrs. Doug Goings - Azalea
Mrs. Linda Hodges - Camellia
Mr. and Mrs. Kent Horton - Holly
Mr. and Mrs. Marsh Letson - Azalea
Mrs. Carol McRae - Camellia
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Miller - Azalea
Dr. and Mrs. Roger Noel - Hydrangea
Mr. and Mrs. James Poyner - Holly
Dr. Amy Wright - Camellia
Thank you to ALL Friends of Lockerly!

Plant Sale April 6, 7 & 8

April 6: Members Only Sale, 2pm - 6pm
April 7: Open to the Public, 9am - 6pm
April 8: Open to the Public, 9am - 3pm

Here is your Sneak Peak at what will be available for sale: 
Don't Forget:  
  • We still need volunteers to help make this event a success!
  • Members get to shop EXCLUSIVELY on April 6!
We look forward to seeing you in April!!

Invest in Rose Hill update

Lockerly's "Invest in Rose Hill's Heritage & Future" drive continues to grow and is now almost halfway in reaching our goal of $100,000. Please join us in preserving our beautiful 1852 treasure for future generations.

To learn more about this project go to Donations may be made online or checks, made payable to Lockerly Arboretum & marked for Rose Hill's Heritage, may be sent to:

Lockerly Arboretum
P.O. Box 310
Milledgeville, GA  31059

YOUR support is needed and appreciated!

Anela Kolone Foundation (Suzanne Engel)
Community Foundation of Central Georgia
Gerald Grimes Plumbing
Ed Hall
William R. Harper
Joe & Nancy Hodge
Alan & Sherrill Jones
Milledgeville Garden Club
Milledgeville Garden Club Council
Milledgeville Town Committee of Colonial Dames
Bill & Dede Reoch
Douglas & Kyle Rick
William Sherrill Chapter, Colonial Dames 17th Century
Frank & Ann Vinson
Russ & Anne Walden
Watson-Brown Foundation
Ed Wolpert
Robert Wood

We Need Your Feedback!

Lockerly Arboretum is undergoing a Strategic Planning process and we are looking for input and feedback from our supporters as part of the process. 

Your responses to this survey will provide important input into the decision-making process and help us to better understand what our volunteers, partners, supporters and people in the community think about Lockerly and it's the future.

All individual responses will be kept entirely confidential. On behalf of Lockerly's board and staff, thank you for your input in this important process!

Click this link to go to survey.  It will remain open until April 1.

Upcoming Spring Chores
Deborah Foster, Horticulture Director
Household chores are usually dreaded by most but after a long cold winter, gardening chores are usually well received. Most of us are eager to get back outside and get a little dirty. Some of the earliest of chores will go a long way towards making our garden more enjoyable later.
Crabgrass is a summer annual grass that germinates in the spring, grows in the summer and dies out as it gets cold in the fall. Large crabgrass (also called hairy crabgrass) is a common weed in turf, and germinates from March through early May when soil temperatures reach 53 to 58°F at a 4-inch depth. Germination of this weed is encouraged by the alternating dry and wet conditions at the soil surface in the spring. Large crabgrass is similar to smooth crabgrass. However, the leaf blade of smooth crabgrass is not as hairy.
Crabgrass seed
Crabgrass is best controlled using pre-emergence weed management products. These products form a layer of protection on or just below the surface of the soil. In areas where crabgrass has been a problem, apply a pre-emergence herbicide in the spring when soil temperatures approach 50°F. This usually corresponds to about the time that forsythia blooms. A second pre-emergence treatment eight weeks after the initial application may be necessary to maintain season-long control of crabgrass. It is much easier to control crabgrass before you see it than to kill it after it gets established. Pre-emergence herbicides available for crabgrass control will usually contain the active ingredients pendimethalin, prodiamine or dithiopyr. Most all of these will have "crabgrass preventer" in the product name.
Another early spring chore that is coming up soon is fertilizing trees and shrubs. Tree fertilization needs are difficult to determine based upon poor growth or off-colored foliage. Similar symptoms are also caused by prolonged drought compacted soils, girdling roots, waterlogged sites, air pollution, root diseases, nematodes and salt injury. It's important to use soil testing to determine the exact fertilizer needs of a tree.
Fertilizer that is broadcasted over the soil surface is the easiest and most effective way to fertilize. Using fertilizer spikes is not recommended. Fertilizer spikes apply too much fertilizer in one small location and not enough in others. Fertilizer should be evenly distributed under the entire canopy, but keep fertilizer 1 foot away from tree trunks.
Wait until spring to fertilize fall-planted trees and shrubs. Wait 6 to 8 weeks to fertilize plants newly planted in the spring. On established trees, fertilize in February or March before new growth begins. Apply fertilizer evenly on mulched and un-mulched surfaces out to about 1½ times the crown radius. Avoid fertilization in late summer (mid-August) since it may stimulate late-season growth that fails to harden off before frost. Do not use slow release fertilizers after July 15. Do not apply fertilizer during periods of drought.
For small trees and shrubs, use ½ cup of 8-8-8 fertilizer (8% nitrogen) per square yard of canopy cover. Do not exceed 1 tablespoon per foot of plant height if using a fertilizer with 10% or more of nitrogen (10-10-10 or 16-4-8). For large trees, measure the diameter of the trunk 4 feet off the ground and apply 1 pound of 10-10-10 for each inch of diameter. Trees less than 6 inches in diameter only need about 2 pounds of fertilizer. Water each site after applying fertilizer. Trees growing in lawns that are regularly fertilized may not require additional fertilization as long as they exhibit good leaf color and reasonable growth. Fertilizing trees with a turf grass or ground cover understory requires multiple applications at lower rates to lessen the potential for injury to the understory plants.
When following the recommendations found in a soil sample report, it is important to remember that pounds of fertilizer and pounds of nitrogen are usually two different things. A 40 pound bag of 8-8-8 contains 40 pounds of fertilizer but it only has 3.2 pounds of nitrogen.
Our most favored of all spring chores is planting new plants and seeds in the garden. If you need a source for some new and exciting perennials, annuals and herbs, come to the annual Spring Plant Sale at Lockerly Arboretum on April 6 - 8. For more details go to or contact 478-452-2112.

We appreciate our sponsors and supporters.

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