“Water, water everywhere….” Goes Coleridge’s Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner. He may as well have been talking about Highlands County lately. Lots of rain and more on the way. Mosquito hordes procreated in all the standing water… Read More
June 1st is not only the start of hurricane season, but also the beginning of the fertilizer blackout period in Pinellas County. Pinellas County’s fertilizer ordinance regulates the sale and use of fertilizer containing nitrogen or phosphorus to… Read More
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As drought conditions continue, some Florida yards and gardens may start to look less than lush. “Certain ornamental plants such as roses, azaleas, camellias, hydrangeas and many annuals are more vulnerable to drought conditions,” said… Read More
Each year, June 8th is designated as World Oceans Day. The overall theme for this year is “Our Oceans, Our Future.” This year’s conservation action focus is “encouraging solutions to plastic pollution and preventing marine litter for… Read More
By Lloyd Singleton Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of hosting 22 landscape professionals in a full day training known as the “Green Industries Best Management Practices”, or GIBMP for short. These eager learners were exposed to… Read More
There are many things we can do to conserve water in our homes and landscapes. By following some or all of the tips you can conserve and preserve our valuable water resources as well as save money. Engage… Read More
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Concern is growing among state residents as Florida experiences the worst drought in the country, according the U.S. Drought Monitor. Sixty-six percent of the state is now in a drought, the highest percentage of any… Read More
Q and A: I have heard that there is a type of mosquito that is an indicator for poor water quality. What are these mosquitoes called and do they exist in this area?
from C.R., Bonita Springs Answer: Blind mosquitoes, also known as aquatic midges, are mosquito-like insects often associated with poor water quality. Blind mosquito is a common name that may refer to various species of midges. One thing to… Read More
Q and A: I have a piece of property with a retention pond in the front and several small wetlands in the back. I am interested in planting around these water bodies, but am unsure about where to start.
from Dr. M., in Fort Myers Answer: The aesthetic and wildlife habitat value of ponds and retention areas can be greatly enhanced by establishing and managing desirable plants. Aquascaping is the planting of aquatic and wetland plants in… Read More
Q and A: I have an open aerator on my water system that now smells like rotten eggs. Do you have any ideas for troubleshooting this problem?
from G.M., via e-mail Answer: Hydrogen sulfide or sulfur is a naturally occurring contaminant, which gives water a disagreeable “rotten egg” odor and taste. Hydrogen sulfide is a gas that is found in well water and makes water… Read More