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Andy Pulte

Andy grew up in the nursery industry in Grand Island, NE. He received his Ph.D. in Plant Sciences from the University of Tennessee, where he is now on faculty in the same department. His current responsibilities include teaching, advising, and coordination of the UT Plant Sciences undergraduate program. Additionally, he speaks regularly to diverse groups and travels extensively to feed his passion for people and plants. Over his career, he has contributed to a variety of gardening publications and hosted a gardening radio show. He is also an internationally certified arborist. Andy gardens in a residential community north of Knoxville, TN. He seeks out unusual plants for his home garden that inspire questions from those who visit. He and his wife Beccy have two outdoor-loving young boys who are always looking for their next adventure.

  • South Regional Reports

    Recovering a Damaged Lawn

    I have young children, and I’m grateful they choose to spend lots of time outdoors. However, I’m also a gardener who appreciates how a nice lawn can complement my ornamental…

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    Rehabilitating a Flooded Garden

    The constant variable of water—too much or too little— is a part of gardening in the South. However, too much rain at once is often the case in our region.…

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    South: August Garden To-Do List

    Keep picking warm-season crops. Canning, freezing, and drying are all options for preservation. Put down the pruners. Avoid pruning trees and shrubs late into August. Doing so this late in…

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    High Summer Perennials

    The South has a diverse climate that fluctuates from state to state. There are even large amounts of variability across individual states. For example, in the state of Tennessee where…

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    Midseason Perennial Pruning

    When most people think of pruning perennials, the first thing they think of is tidying up their garden before spring. However, there may be times you wish to take a…

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    South: July Garden To-Do List

    Sow more sunflowers. You can still direct sow sunflowers (Helianthus annus, annual) in your garden to ensure their colorful show until frost.  Gather your veggies. Harvest vegetables regularly from your…

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    Finding Inspiration at Public Gardens | South Regional Report

    The South is one of the best places to see high-impact, high-quality horticulture. A multitude of public gardens and arboretums prove the value of Southern hospitality. Tradition, enthusiasm, and great…

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    Crape Myrtle Bark Scale: A New Pest for Southern Gardeners to Watch Out For | Regional Report

    Crape myrtles (Lagerstroemia spp. and cvs., Zones 7-9) are truly one of the trees Southerners have come to rely on in the landscape. Plant breeding innovations over the last 30…

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    You Still Have Time to Plant Veggies | South Regional Report

    As hyped up as some people get in April about gardening in the South, you would think by late May you should have your gardening household in order. For those…

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    South: May Garden To-Do List

    Keep new plants hydrated. Water everything that is newly planted. It doesn’t take much for new transplants to dry out and die before they have a chance to get established.…