The Green Expert...
Snowbirds would probably think us lucky Floridians have been enjoying
Spring since last Summer, but the season is changing, and there
are some things we have to do in our yards at this time of year.
should by now have mulched all your planting beds, or at least arranged
for it to be done soon. If you receive "The East Lake Times"
you can refer to my article in last month's issue or simply click
here to go to our news & information section for further
details and advantages. It is also important to remember that we
did not have rain last year until June!
can start pruning back your Crepe Myrtles now, and they should flush
out new growth within a few weeks. But wait until mid-March or April
before pruning any plants that may have been damaged by frost. We
may still have another frost, which could kill any plants pruned
is also a good time to check your irrigation system, and make any
necessary repairs. Much easier to do now than in the middle of Summer!
I can't over-stress how important it is to have a properly functioning
system in these times of severe restrictions.
should also start watching out for bugs as the warmer weather returns.
Aphids, chinch bugs, and other insects start new life cycles soon,
and you need to be prepared to take counter measures.
don't forget to apply a good balanced fertilizer to your lawn, shrubs,
and palms. Be careful not to use too much; follow the manufacturer's
instructions carefully, or hire a professional. Don't wait until
you see stress and damage - remember, prevention is better than
cure. If you want an attractive trouble-free landscape, you really
need to adopt a regular program of fertilizing and pest control.
A typical program would include 6 applications per year to lawns,
of liquid or granular fertilizer with insect, disease, and broadleaf
weed controls, and 2 different applications for shrubs and palms.
Make sure that free service calls are included in the program, so
that the inevitable outbreaks of pests can be dealt with swiftly
without expensive call-out fees.
DJ Overbeck "The Green Expert" only at...