Gardening: Sod webworm takes a bite out of Marco
Published 8/9/2012 at 2:08 p.m. 0 comments
Walking through lawns right now causes large swarms of small, dingy moths to fly up all around you. These moths will turn into caterpillars which are the immature or larval stages of the annoying moths.
Gardening: Welcome to unbearable August
Published 8/2/2012 at 12:44 p.m. 0 comments
August is here and temperatures this month will have highs of about 90-95 and lows in the mid-70s. With more than eight inches of rain this is usually one of the wettest and most humid months.Keep in mind that though ...
Gardening: Striking the right balance
Published 7/26/2012 at 11:33 a.m. 0 comments
As we get further in the summer season heavy rains can flush nutrients from the soil. Following is a guide to help you with the symptoms of various nutritional deficiencies you might see. There are 16 known elements required
Gardening: Watering your lawn during rainy season
Published 7/5/2012 at 11:32 a.m. 0 comments
If you are one of the people who say its summer so I can turn off my sprinklers, this columns for you. In spite of the fact that we are in the rainy season, signs of water stress can appear ...
Gardening: Rainy days bring more mosquitos
Published 6/29/2012 at 8:37 a.m. 0 comments
Mosquitoes! With the dry start to the rainy season this year, the mosquito outbreaks have not been as bad as in years past. However, our recent visit from Debby has created a lot of standing water in our neighborhoods created ...
Gardening: All or nothing: Summer rains bring new threat
Published 6/14/2012 at 2:48 p.m. 0 comments
Summer rains have begun. Along with the rain is a disease that attacks lawns on Marco Island and causes them to slowly die. After treatments with the usual fungicides from spray companies failed to stop the slow death of many ...
Gardening: Readying your lawns for storm season
Updated 6/1/2012 at 10:16 a.m. 0 comments
With two named storms before the official beginning of hurricane season, we could be in for a busy season. With that said you should know how to minimize wind damage in your landscape.
Gardening: The return of the royal palm bug
Published 5/25/2012 at 2:17 p.m. 0 comments
I’ve just returned from a wonderful trip to Switzerland. Spring was just budding forth when I arrived so the fields were full of wild flowers, tulips and daffodils. The climate there is similar to Vermont where I was born and ...
Gardening: Rains are good, but they bring a pest
Published 4/26/2012 at 1:49 p.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: Bougainvillea in bloom
Published 4/12/2012 at 2:17 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.
Gardening: The water we need to feed our lawns
Published 4/6/2012 at 9:43 a.m. 0 comments
It’s spring and we need rain. This much needed water would help to refresh our drought stricken lawns and gardens. It would also activate the fertilizer applied this spring which will add strength to help them better survive the rest ...
Top seeded properties sweep Marco Island city landscape awards
Published 4/6/2012 at 9:33 a.m. 0 comments
Traveling around Marco Island, it’s easy to see why five area landscapers walked away with the city’s highest awards in the Marco in Bloom competition. Their creations married breathtaking beauty with practical non water-wasting gardening, a requirement for high honors. ...
Gardening: Preparing for summer growing season
Published 3/30/2012 at 8:26 a.m. 0 comments
After our colder winter months it is time to start thinking about pruning the shrubs in the yard to remove any cold damage or just to renovate, reduce size and prepare them for the summer growing season. We were lucky ...
Gardening: The fruit of our labors
Published 3/15/2012 at 2:47 p.m. 0 comments
So many fruit trees are flowering and setting fruit right now. Citrus, mango, avacado, pineapple, and many more. Two of my favorites are the jaboticaba and surinam cherry.
Gardening: There are poisonous plants on Marco
Published 3/8/2012 at 3:29 p.m. 0 comments
Many shrubs and trees we plant in our landscapes can be poisonous to humans and animals. Some are toxic if ingested and others may be irritating to the skin.