By Juanita Popenoe, Commercial Fruit Extension Agent When should you fertilize southern highbush blueberries? UF researchers wanted to find out the best time to apply fertilizer so that nutrients were not lost to the environment. The shallow root… Read More
Living on the coast or along a lake in Florida can make for a fantastic lifestyle, often replete with stunning scenery and vibrant ecosystems. But, that lifestyle carries with it additional responsibility, in the form of preserving our… Read More
A: The type of fertilizer depends on the type of plants and in most instances – slow release fertilizers can work best. Generally, most of the landscape plants are fertilized in March. You can make an application of… Read More
A: Broadcast fertilizers work best on trees and shrubs as they feed the whole root area. The disadvantage of fertilizer spikes is they only get to the roots immediately surrounding the spike. If you currently have fertilizer spikes,… Read More
Q: We are going to try to maintain and fertilize our yard ourselves this year. Thanks for any input you can give us.
Q: We are going to try to maintain our yard ourselves this year. I purchased 15-0-15, applied it and then realized it said it was for centipede grass. Will this be okay? Also we have a lot of… Read More
Q: I want to do the right thing but I am concerned about not using any phosphorus on the lawn. How do I know if the lawn is deficient?
A: Nutrient deficiencies seldom occur alone and these deficiencies in plant material often look similar. It is therefore difficult to determine exactly which nutrient is lacking simply by looking at the grass blades or plant leaf. Some studies… Read More
Q: You often talk about not overusing Nitrogen fertilizers but isn’t it needed to keep the grass growing?
A: I am going to take a recent study and use parts of it to answer your question. Nitrogen is important for growth but we generally are using too much. A little fertilizer can perk up a St…. Read More
As I look around it would be impossible to know I’m in Florida by looking at the landscape plants. Nearly all of the plants used in our old-style landscapes are from somewhere else (exotic) like China, Asia, India,… 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
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