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Title: Columnist - Marco Eagle
Contact: 239-394-1413



Eileen Ward and her husband, Peter, own and operate Greensward of Marco Inc., a lawn maintenance and landscaping company. Besides completing horticultural courses from the University of Florida, she has a commercial maintenance spray license and is a registered dealer in agricultural products in Florida.

Position History

  • Columnist - Marco Eagle
    12/23/2007 - current

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Recent Work

  • Gardening: The consequences of soil compaction Published 03/26/2014 at 2:06 p.m.

    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 03/13/2014 at 1:49 p.m.

    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 02/26/2014 at 10:47 a.m.

    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: A widespread palm disease affecting trees all over Marco Published 02/13/2014 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 02/05/2014 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 01/29/2014 at 8:07 a.m.

    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 01/22/2014 at 1:25 p.m.

    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 01/08/2014 at 11:37 a.m.

    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 noon

    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.

    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: Are the weeds invading your turf? Published 11/01/2013 at 4 a.m.

    The cooler weather of November means 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 in the 90s can stress and damage ...

  • Guest Commentary: Nuisance, swale parking in Olde Marco Published 07/19/2012 at 11:12 a.m. 9 Comments

    The problem of nuisance, swale parking by restaurant patrons in Olde Marco is not a new one. In the early ‘90s the Snook Inn expanded it’s outdoor seating and the Old Marco Pub opened. Patrons of the Snook Inn and ...

  • Gardening: Recovering from a rough winter Published 03/11/2011 at 2:22 p.m.

    Wow, another cold winter! Not quite as bad as last year but cold enough to damage the more tropical plants in our landscapes. On Marco Island some of our more tropical plants like the Ixora and Croton lost leaves in ...

  • Guest Commentary: We’re not ‘landscaping’ Key Marco Published 01/10/2011 at 3:20 p.m. 12 Comments

    It is time to tell the other side of the Key Marco story. Permits were issued by the then Community Development Director for the work that was done on the Indian mound (Tract 2) and in a Native Habitat Park ...

  • Guest Commentary: An update on the tide leveling culverts on SR92 Published 10/14/2010 at 1:22 p.m. 2 Comments

    I have been working for the past year to locate and open the existing tide leveling culverts under SR92 to restore flow back to the mangrove die-off area near Goodland and Key Marco. After receiving permission and permits to clean ...

  • Guest Commentary: It’s time to help the mangroves Published 04/13/2010 at 11:16 a.m. 6 Comments

    A little over a year ago I wrote a report on the dying area of mangroves between Marco Island and Goodland. Rookery Bay staff reported that part of the problem could be clogged or collapsed culverts under C.R. 92 which ...

  • Gardening: Simplicity equals good design Published 08/20/2009 at 7:01 p.m. 1 Comment

    When it comes to landscaping, simplicity equals good design and low maintenance. Low maintenance landscapes are designed so that every shrub, tree and flower-bed will all have definite functions. It is best not to over plant and to eliminate as ...

  • Gardening: Help your trees weather the storm Published 08/13/2009 at 8:03 p.m.

    With hurricane season upon us, you should know how to minimize wind damage to your landscape. Trees and shrubs can grow too large or unbalanced to be able to withstand windstorms, so it is wise to learn how to prune ...

  • Gardening: Who’s feeding on your lawn? The sod webworm Published 08/06/2009 at 7:37 p.m.

    Several kinds of caterpillars may cause damage to all of our turf grasses. These caterpillars are the immature or larval stages of moths.

  • Gardening: Are you ready for August? Published 07/30/2009 at 8:36 p.m.

    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.

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