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 weeks heavy, ...
Gardening: In the weeds to save your lawn
Published 11/8/2012 at 4:48 p.m. 0 comments
What is that weed that reminds us northerners of snow on our lawns? If I have had one person ask me, I have had a dozen. The weed is Florida pusley (Richardia scabra) and is a native to Florida. This ...
What's in your garden? Orchid and fruit tree sales set for Saturday
Published 11/2/2012 at 6:00 a.m. 0 comments
The Collier County Fruit Growers Council is offering the chance to not only green up your yard, but feed your family, this weekend.
Gardening: Multiplying your blessings
Published 11/1/2012 at 4:01 p.m. 0 comments
Learning how to propagate plants is an exciting way to share with others. Plants can be propagated by sexual or asexual means. Sexual propagation is starting plants from seed. Multiplying of plants from vegetative plant part
Gardening: How much mulch do you need
Published 10/25/2012 at 1:37 p.m. 0 comments
[No Paragraph Style]BC BodycopyThis is the time of year when snow birds and tourists return to the island. Everyone is busy cleaning the last of the summer growth from their landscapes. Many people will begin mulching their gardens as mulching ...
Gardening: When it comes to fertilizer, moderation is best
Published 10/18/2012 at 1:16 p.m. 0 comments
You want to apply fertilizer while it is still warm, as the plants won't take in the nutrients if they become dormant with the cold weather. It will be important for your plants to be strong and healthy going into ...
Gardening: Ready for the fall
Published 10/4/2012 at 1:00 p.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: Ridding the weeds
Published 9/27/2012 at 12:36 p.m. 0 comments
Are the weeds invading your turf? The cooler weather of October will mean that it will be safe to have your lawn treated with a herbicide to try and bring them under control. Treating your lawn for weeds with temperatures ...
Gardening: Watching the grass grow
Published 9/13/2012 at 11:24 a.m. 0 comments
The summer rainy season got off to a slow start with an unusually dry June and July. We were all hoping for rain and we got what we wished for! The last several weeks of rain has caused a flush ...
Gardening: The mow and grow scenario
Published 9/6/2012 at 4:52 p.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 m
Gardening: September welcomes more chinch bugs
Published 8/30/2012 at 1:00 p.m. 0 comments
September is upon us with another month of heat and heavy rain. This month is the height of hurricane-season, so Tropical Storm Isaac was right on time. And, there are more on the horizon which will hopefully go elsewhere.
Gardening: Be safe when working outside
Published 8/23/2012 at 2:48 p.m. 0 comments
Whew! Summer temperatures are here. Just walking from the house to the car is grueling. If your job involves work in that grueling environment for eight to 12 hours, every day it can become dangerous enough to kill you.
These small to mid-size trees pack a punch of color in the tiniest yard
Published 8/17/2012 at 4:00 a.m. 0 comments
So you've got a small yard? You can still have a gorgeous, leafy, blooming yard with these small- to mid-sized trees.