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 ...
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 ...