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Eileen Ward

  • Gardening: Tropical ornamental shrubs a must have Published 4/16/2014 at 8:38 a.m. 0 comments

    Tropical ornamental shrubs are an important element in the home landscapes of South Florida. Some have brightly colored leaves or flower much of the year. Almost all are evergreen, meaning they keep their leaves year round. This allows you to ...

  • Gardening: The consequences of soil compaction Published 3/26/2014 at 2:06 p.m. 0 comments

    Soil compaction can bring with it serious consequences when trying to grow anything green. In fact it can be almost impossible to establish or maintain plants in compacted soil because it interferes with the movement of water, air, nutrients and ...

  • Gardening: Azaleas putting on a show Published 3/13/2014 at 1:49 p.m. 0 comments

    The azaleas have been in bloom since February and will be in bloom through April. Some will bloom as early as Christmas here in South Florida. They are beautiful plants with masses of spring flowers in many color variations.

  • Gardening: Flowering shrubs and trees help make Marco a colorful place to be Published 2/26/2014 at 10:47 a.m. 0 comments

    There are many flowering shrubs and trees either in bloom or just beginning to bloom right now around Marco Island. Several people have asked me about the pretty pink trees blooming in the medians.

  • Gardening: Bulbous plants bring joy year after year Published 2/19/2014 at 4:30 p.m. 0 comments

    I recently purchased a pot of daffodils at the grocery store. Daffodils are my favorite flower because it was a sure sign of spring in Connecticut when they began popping up in the fields and yards. While we cannot grow ...

  • Gardening: A widespread palm disease affecting trees all over Marco Published 2/13/2014 at 9:30 a.m. 1 comment

    Ganoderma Butt Rot is a widespread palm disease affecting trees all over Marco Island and the southeastern United States. This disease has been found on about 40 or 50 species but it is thought that all species are probably susceptible. ...

  • Gardening: Conltrolling your insect population Published 2/5/2014 at 2:34 p.m. 2 comments

    Our weather allows for insect activity year round. For those of you who prefer to try the natural way of controlling pests in your yard there is integrated pest management. When using integrated pest management in your yard proper identification ...

  • Gardening: Timing is everything Published 1/29/2014 at 8:07 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: Careful not to over water your lawn Published 1/22/2014 at 1:25 p.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: How the cold affects your lawn Published 1/8/2014 at 11:37 a.m. 0 comments

    The winter cold was very late in arriving this year. As a northern transplant, I love the cold weather because it always puts me in the holiday spirit. I had to find other ways of doing that this year. It ...

  • Gardening: A you ready for a cool January? Published 12/30/2013 at 12:00 p.m. 0 comments

    January is here and we will still experience cold temperatures since it is the second coolest month of the year. The average temperatures are in the 65 degree range with highs in the 70s or low 80s and lows in ...

  • Gardening: Ridding yourself of Florida pusley Published 12/12/2013 at 7:42 a.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 ...

  • Gardening: Make the most of December Published 12/4/2013 at 2:02 p.m. 0 comments

    I hope everyone had a pleasant Thanksgiving with family or friends. The recent cloudy and rainy weather has put this northern transplant in a holiday mood. While after 32 years here, I still find warm sunny weather a bit of ...

  • Gardening: Height, width and plant selection Published 10/24/2013 at 1:38 p.m. 0 comments

    When choosing a plant for a particular landscaping area, the mature height and width of the plant is a very important factor to consider. Plants can become stressed when constant pruning is necessary to keep the plant at our desired ...

  • Gardening: Not all bulbous plants are true bulbs Published 10/17/2013 at 12:56 p.m. 0 comments

    While we can't grow tulips or any of the other northern bulbs here in Florida we do have other bulbs that like our tropical climate. Amaryllis is one of the most beautiful bulbs we can grow here in South Florida. ...

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