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  • 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

  • Gardening: Protecting you plants from the cold Published 12/19/2012 at 5:57 p.m. 0 comments

    The winter cold has not really arrived yet this year! As a northern transplant, I love the cold weather because it always puts me in the holiday spirit. It makes my work a lot easier as well and this is ...

  • Gardening: Getting to the root of the problem Published 12/13/2012 at 1:40 p.m. 0 comments

    Remember all of the rain we had in September and early October? We needed the water to replenish our aquifers before people arrive for the season but our plants would prefer it not come all at once. This week’s heavy, ...

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