Gardening: The brilliant bougainvillea
Published 5/22/2013 at 3:51 p.m. 0 comments
When the bougainvillea is in bloom, everyone wants to know what the beautiful flowering plants seen all over the island are. This plant is without a doubt one of our most bright and colorful tropical plants. While they will flower ...
Gardening: Helping yards survive hot, dry weather
Published 5/1/2013 at 8:25 a.m. 0 comments
Well it looks like we are going right from winter, of which there wasn't much, to summer. We seem to be in a summer-like rain pattern. The recent rains and late fertilizing, due to cold March temperatures, had lawns, shrubs ...
Gardening: Prepare your lawn for drought and save our valuable water resources every day
Published 4/19/2013 at 4:00 a.m. 0 comments
You may have noticed that your lawn is drying out much faster these last few weeks. April is a very dry month averaging only 2.03 inches of potential rain fall. Add to that fact the higher temperatures and wind and ...
Gardening: The 411 on IPM – Integrated Pest Management
Published 4/10/2013 at 10:23 a.m. 0 comments
The harmful effects of pesticides and other toxins on our environment are increasingly in the news. Because of our tropical climate we have more pests and diseases than most areas and therefore use more pesticides, fungicides and fertilizers. A new ...
Gardening: It's time to fertilize lawns, plants and trees
Published 4/5/2013 at 4:00 a.m. 0 comments
April has arrived. It's time to fertilize lawns, plants and trees. While this was a very warm winter some winters are very cold and this fertilization helps plants recover from any cold damage done in the winter months. In fact, ...
Gardening: The flowering trees of Marco Island
Published 3/28/2013 at 2:09 p.m. 0 comments
Easter is here and along with it our flora on Marco is providing us with spring color. Unfortunately, this recent cold weather is damaging some of our budding beauties but they should soon recover. In sub-tropical Florida we have shrubs ...
Gardening: The pH of your soil can affect your yard
Published 3/14/2013 at 7:59 a.m. 0 comments
The pH of your soil can affect plant growth and health. If you have an area in your yard that doesn't seem to respond to your fertilizing efforts, check your soil pH. Soil pH is the measure of acidity (sourness) ...
Gardening: Planting the proper tree
Published 3/7/2013 at 7:19 a.m. 0 comments
When deciding to plant trees on your property proper tree selection is very important. You should plant the right tree in the right place. Always consider the mature size of a tree when planting. Pay particular attention to the location ...
Gardening: Spring fertilizing is important
Published 2/27/2013 at 2:41 p.m. 0 comments
March is here. It is usually the start of our dry season but, unfortunately, we have been in a dry season for a while. Spring time can be very hard on our lawns and shrubs as the temperatures will begin ...
Gardening: The calm before the storm
Published 2/20/2013 at 3:24 p.m. 0 comments
Toward the end of February temperatures will begin to warm a little. However, as we just saw, temperatures in the 30s and 40s are still quite common. The little rainfall we get in February will come off the Gulf of ...
Gardening: Snails and cutworms
Published 2/6/2013 at 9:56 a.m. 0 comments
It is nice to see the flower beds full of annuals like begonias and petunias in yards around the island. The impatiens are noticeably missing this year due to a mildew disease which has prompted a warning about planting them
Gardening: 16 known elements required for healthy plants
Published 1/30/2013 at 5:00 p.m. 0 comments
There are 16 known elements required for healthy plants. Three of these, carbon (C), hydrogen (H) and oxygen (O) all can be obtained directly from air and water. The other 13 elements are supplied through the soil. These are
Gardening: Cut down on those water bills
Published 1/23/2013 at 8:12 a.m. 0 comments
This is the time of year that you can damage your landscape by watering too much. Water comprises 80 to 90 percent of the fresh weight of grass and it also plays a fundamental role in the plant metabolism. Only ...
Gardening: Planting your poinsettias
Published 1/17/2013 at 10:08 a.m. 0 comments
Our weather feels more like March than January! I think we are in for a warm winter this year. Many plants will be confused by this and can produce tender new growth or begin flowering early which could lead to ...
Gardening: Managing invasive plants
Published 1/10/2013 at 12:24 p.m. 0 comments
I have often encouraged Marco Island residents to become better stewards of our land by learning good horticultural practices and to learn to identify and remove invasive, exotic plants from our landscapes, vacant lots and n