Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping

Summer is Time to Solarize Your Garden

Solarizing

By solarizing your vegetable garden, you can kill weed seeds and pests in the soil, including nematodes, (tiny worm-like organisms that feed on plant roots) without using chemicals. Basically, you will be covering your garden with clear plastic… Read More

What Floridians Think About Water

Bountiful freshwater sources, heavy rainfall, and oceans, Florida is unique in its seemingly endless water resources. However, water quality and quantity are a crucial issue in Florida, as the need to balance agricultural needs, business and development needs,… Read More

The Plague of Giant Grasshoppers

Lubber Grasshopper Nymphs

It’s a bird!  It’s a plane!  No, it’s a giant grasshopper!  This time of year we get several calls from homeowners panicked about giant yellow and black grasshoppers eating their plants. Known as the eastern lubber, these large… Read More

The Oleander Aphid – Arch Enemy of Milkweed

aphid infestation

Milkweed (Asclepias spp) plants are a must have addition to any butterfly garden due to their great importance as the only host plant species for monarch caterpillars. There are many varieties of milkweeds, from our native orange butterfly… Read More

Trellised Vines

trellis vines

During a cold, overcast day last winter, with a great deal of incentive to remain indoors, I knelt at the bookshelf and picked out a book on garden structures. The book’s colorful pictures of well-kept gazebos, trellises, pergolas… Read More