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A Gardener’s Guide to Navigating Florida’s Rainy Season

A Gardener’s Guide to Navigating Florida’s Rainy Season

Florida’s subtropical climate gifts the sunshine state with two distinct seasons, the “dry season” and “rainy season.” And gardening – along with most outdoor activities, can be challenging during both. According to The National Weather Service, the rainy season officially runs from May 15th through September October 15th though it’s start can vary year to year. Unless current moderate to severe drought conditions continue, the rainy frequent showers and thunderstorms should ramp up anytime now. The warm and humid conditions definitely have! Let’s take a look at how to navigate the coming months. Local Fertilizer Bans First and foremost, don’t...

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It’s May and Time to Mulch in Southwest Florida!

It’s May and Time to Mulch in Southwest Florida!

Reasons to Mulch The afternoon sun is definitely getting warmer and there are dozens of other things pressing on your schedule. However, mulching is essential to your gardens, flower beds and other landscaped areas. Buy why you may ask? First, mulch helps your soil maintain moisture, thereby reducing the need for irrigation and watering. Secondly and equally important, a properly mulched bed will limit weed growth. That’s significant, as we all want to limit the use of herbicides as much as possible. And mulching is a great way to accomplish that!And there are countless other reasons to mulch, including: Mulching...

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Your Guide to Successful Planting in Southwestern Florida

Your Guide to Successful Planting in Southwestern Florida

Planting Trees & Shrubs Before You Plant  It is important to select the proper plant for your site. Take into consideration the amount of space available for the plant, amount of light the plant will receive and type of soil at the site. All these factors should weigh in the plant selection process.  When To Plant If the soil is moist and kept sufficiently watered, planting can be done anytime. If possible, plant your tree or shrub as soon as you get it home. Otherwise, it may dry out and become injured. If you can’t plant it immediately, place it...

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It’s Already March and Time to Fertilize your Garden and Landscaping Beds

It’s Already March and Time to Fertilize your Garden and Landscaping Beds

We are with you! It’s March and you’re ready to get into your garden and landscaping beds, especially after experiencing the cooler months of January and February. And in March, it’s a great time to lay the foundation for beautiful, lush gardens and landscaping. Let’s get started! Spring “Clean Out” Time First, we suggest cleaning out your garden area and flower & landscaping beds. Remove any fallen leaves, dying vegetation (such as annuals) and other vegetation that doesn’t belong. By cleaning out your beds, you’ll make room for new plants and enable your fertilizer to be most effective while avoiding...

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Starting Seedings Indoors to Kick Start Your Garden

Starting Seedings Indoors to Kick Start Your Garden

Starting seedlings indoors has many benefits for gardeners and can increase the productivity and variety of your garden. It's not difficult, but does take some special considerations to be sure the seedlings can thrive both indoors and when they are transplanted. Why Start Seeds Indoors? Starting seeds indoors is a great idea for gardeners to… Satisfy winter gardening urges when outdoor gardens are not available. Extend the growing season in northern areas. Add garden variety by enjoying produce that needs more growing time. Enjoy an earlier harvest with staggered seedling plantings. Save money by buying seeds rather than plants. Choose...

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