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  • Gardening: Hooray fall! Come on winter Published 10/2/2013 at 11:37 a.m. 0 comments

    Fall is here and the month of October will bring cooler and dryer weather to our gardens. The month begins with high temperatures in the 90s but ends with highs in the mid-80s. Lows will be in the mid 60s ...

  • Gardening: The right treament at the right time Published 9/25/2013 at 8:52 a.m. 0 comments

    When using integrated pest management in your yard proper identification of insects is a must. There are many books available with pictures and information on the insects of Florida. A very good one is titled "Florida Insects" and costs under ...

  • Gardening: Proper mowing, watering for your lawn Published 9/19/2013 at 9:59 a.m. 0 comments

    Proper mowing of your lawn can kill weeds and chinch bugs, cure disease, save water and provide fertilizer. However, improper mowing can be harmful. Mowing is stressful to grass because it is meant to grow tall, mature and make seeds. ...

  • Gardening: Keep a close eye on your lawn Published 9/11/2013 at 10:40 a.m. 0 comments

    September is here with another month of heat and heavy rain. This month is the height of hurricane-season. We've been lucky so far but the season is not over yet. Remember all of the hurricane preparation and clean-up tips to ...

  • Gardening: Rain at night gives grass a fright Published 8/28/2013 at 9:56 a.m. 0 comments

    Wet weather can cause many plants to develop disease. Many of these rain storms happen during the evening and overnight hours leaving plants wet for many hours. Fungus spreads rapidly when you have free water on leaf surfaces for too ...

  • Gardening: Look up and around before planting Published 8/15/2013 at 4:00 a.m. 0 comments

    Don't ignore growth size when selecting a new tree or bush. Eileen Ward tells us what to look for.

  • Gardening: Creating a habitat Published 8/6/2013 at 10:20 a.m. 0 comments

    To create an environment that suits your property, keep your environmental community in mind. Don't try to grow salt sensitive plants on the beach or plants requiring good drainage in low, boggy areas. A jungle or hammock will be cooler ...

  • Gardening: Marco's microclimates Published 7/30/2013 at 2:48 p.m. 0 comments

    The flora and fauna of South Florida are quite diverse, made up of microclimate environments called communities. Each of these communities has its own plants and animals that rarely leave their own area. These are broken out as coastal dunes, ...

  • Gardening: Your guide to July Published 7/9/2013 at 10:49 a.m. 0 comments

    Second only to August, July is one of the hottest months with high temperatures averaging 90 degrees and lows averaging 75 degrees. We can expect at least eight inches of rain making July a very wet month. That sounds like ...

  • Gardening: The perfect palms Published 6/19/2013 at 11:03 a.m. 0 comments

    We have many different species of palm trees on Marco Island due to our favorable climate for their growth. They come in many shapes and sizes from large majestic trees to small shrubs. Some have single trunks while others have ...

  • Gardening: Without treatment, it will 'take all' Published 6/12/2013 at 1:59 p.m. 0 comments

    Summer rains have begun and along with the rain is a disease that attacks lawns on Marco Island that causes them to slowly die. After treatments with the usual fungicides from spray companies failed to stop the slow death of ...

  • Gardening: Chinch bugs are coming Published 5/29/2013 at 9:51 a.m. 0 comments

    The recent rains may have been enough to be somewhat of a relief for our parched lawns. While this rain will help to slow the damage caused by the drought it is also going to cause a population of chinch ...

  • 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 ...

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