Monthly Archive: April 2014

Diagnosing Deficiencies in Your Landscape

Now that spring has finally sprung and summer is well on its way, you may find yourself taking a stroll through your landscape and assessing damage done by late cold spells. However, it may not be a frost problem that has your plants looking worse for the wear. They could be experiencing nutritional imbalances which …

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Consider Growing Vegetables in a Container

GARDENING IN A BUCKET: Grow wholesome, healthy vegetables in a container with this plan. Materials 5 Gallon plastic buckets 40 pound sacks of Potting soil 40 pound sacks of compost garden trowels or shovels wheel barrow or other large mixing container controlled release fertilizer packs of vegetable seeds   Recommended: All Herbs, Tomato, Cucumber, Squash, …

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Beware of Too-Good-to-be-True Lawn Grass Seed Advertisements

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. This phrase offers sound advice for the person looking for the “perfect” lawn grass.  It’s common to see advertisements for the perfect lawn grass. You should be skeptical when reading advertisements that proclaim an amazing grass that produces a lush, green lawn with very …

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Growing sweet corn in the backyard garden

Sweet corn is a favorite among home gardeners. As long as the space is available, it’s not difficult to grow. Corn is a new world native crop, with archaeological evidence suggesting that it was first domesticated in Mexico. This crop was the basis of the Mayan, Incan and Aztec civilizations, and by the time European …

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Mowing Methods Make a Difference

Mowing is an important and often overlooked landscape best management practices that can increase lawn health. Most of us mowed lawns to earn some spending money as kids. As long as it was shorter when we finished than when we started our customers were happy.  Although mowing seems like a simple chore that anyone can …

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Bat protection increased during spring and summer

As spring commences and young wildlife of all species are born, everyone’s favorite flying, furry mammal also begins roosting season. Ideally, bats will find shelter in trees, caves, abandoned buildings, and bat houses, but sometimes they end up in a home.  I receive calls often about how to best remove or exclude a group of bats …

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Add This Shrub for an Edible Landscape!

A blueberry bush as a landscape shrub? Yes! Darrow’s blueberry, Vaccinium darrowii, is closely related to the other blueberries you know and love, but this little gem of a shrub is highly ornamental and will fit in with any landscape scheme. This compact shrub stays usually stays under three feet tall and wide, making it …

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STOP BAGWORMS BEFORE THEY HATCH

Northwest Florida is the most southern range of the common bagworm, Thyridoptgeryx ephemeraeformis, but the majority of the plants they feed on can be found here.  Common host trees include Red Cedar, Live Oak, Maple, Elm and Pine.  Other susceptible shrubs include Indian Hawthorn, Juniper, Arborvitae, Ligustrum and Viburnum. Bagworms overwinter as a clutch of …

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Rethinking the Eastern Mole

How can an animal that does such much to help rid your lawn of pests be so hated by most homeowners?  Such is the life of the mole. The beneficial mammal is a soil dweller that tunnels through the soil, increasing aeration as it searches out a meal of  beetle grubs, mole crickets, and slugs.  …

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Wet Weather, Cool Nights Ideal For Powdery Mildew

  This spring powdery mildew has been prevalent on many non-resistant cultivars of ornamental plants, particularly rose and crapemyrtle. Ideal conditions for powdery mildew development, warm days and cool nights followed by rain, have been present for several weeks in Northwest Florida. This fungus, which looks like powdered sugar and is caused by several different species, appears on new …

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