About EILEEN WARD
BiographyEileen 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.
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: Make the most of December
Published 12/04/2013 at 2:02 p.m.
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.
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.
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. ...
Gardening: How does your garden grow?
Published 10/09/2013 at 12:56 p.m.
This is not only the season for growing annuals in South Florida it is also the season for growing vegetables. You don't need a lot of land to grow a few vegetable plants and enjoy some fresh produce from your ...
Gardening: Hooray fall! Come on winter
Published 10/02/2013 at 11:37 a.m.
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: The right treament at the right time
Published 09/25/2013 at 8:52 a.m.
When using integrated pest management in your yard proper identification of insects is a must. There are many books available with pictures and information on the insects of Florida. A very good one is titled "Florida Insects" and costs under ...
Gardening: Proper mowing, watering for your lawn
Published 09/19/2013 at 9:59 a.m.
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 make seeds. ...
Gardening: Keep a close eye on your lawn
Published 09/11/2013 at 10:40 a.m.
September is here with another month of heat and heavy rain. This month is the height of hurricane-season. We've been lucky so far but the season is not over yet. Remember all of the hurricane preparation and clean-up tips to ...
Gardening: Rain at night gives grass a fright
Published 08/28/2013 at 9:56 a.m.
Wet weather can cause many plants to develop disease. Many of these rain storms happen during the evening and overnight hours leaving plants wet for many hours. Fungus spreads rapidly when you have free water on leaf surfaces for too ...
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 its 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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