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 ...
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: Many methods to manage pests, less pesticide
Published 3/22/2012 at 3:26 p.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 lot ...
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.
Gardening: Winter recovery calls for fertilization
Published 3/1/2012 at 2:03 p.m. 0 comments
March has arrived. It is time to fertilize lawns, plants and trees. While this was a very warm winter some are very cold and this fertilization helps plants recover from any cold damage done in the winter months.
Gardening: Spring harkens hot and dry ahead
Published 2/23/2012 at 3:34 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.
Gardening: Do you have snails or cutworms
Published 2/16/2012 at 4:59 p.m. 0 comments
It is nice to see the flower beds full of annuals like impatiens, begonias and petunias in yards around the island. Unfortunately, some voracious flower eaters are also delighted to see the flowers. If you have holes in the flower ...
Gardening: Hissssss-teria over snakes
Published 2/10/2012 at 3:21 p.m. 0 comments
Snakes and alligators are two of the most feared species we live with on the edge of the Everglades. According to National Geographic News, Florida has unfortunately developed an established population of three large, alien constrictors or snakes.
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