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Florida Grasses & Fall Watering

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Florida’s common turf grasses include Bermuda, Zoysia, Centipede, St. Augustine, and Bahia. Each one contains multiple cultivars. Some grasses, like St. Augustine, die if they do not receive adequate water. Others, like Bahia, are drought resistant and simply go dormant during dry spells.

Four Tips for Fertilizing in Florida

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Florida’s soils are often sandy and lacking in the nutrients that turf-grass requires for vigorous health. Fertilizers comprising nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus help to make up the nutrient deficit. The right product applied at the right time safely produces green, healthy grass.

Expand Your Plantings with a Bog Garden

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Create a bog garden in that area of your Florida landscape that stays soggy despite six to eight hours of daily sun. Many great bog plants await the stage, from colorful cannas to Egyptian papyrus to that odd-looking carnivore, the pitcher plant.

Native Plants and Your Florida Landscape

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Florida’s six diverse ecosystems are home to a wide range of native plants. These plants can be great additions to public, private, and commercial properties when knowledgeably selected. Easily accessible resources with customizable list-builders enable homeowners and landscapers to make educated plant choices.

Five Florida Lawn Diseases

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Florida’s turfgrasses are susceptible to fungal diseases. Some fall prey during cooler months and others during the summer. Five common diseases are Brown Patch, Gray Leaf Spot, Rust, Take-All Root Rot, and Fairy Ring Fungus. All are preventable and manageable through chemical and cultural controls.

Features to Enhance Your Landscape

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Expand your living space by adding features to your backyard landscape. From a comfortable hangout corner with Adirondack chairs and a firepit to a bocce ball court and a pergola, you can—with a small investment—transform your property. Create backyard spaces that invite people to rest, relax, and have fun.

How to Create an Herb Container Garden

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Why pay a fortune for fresh herbs at the grocery store? Grow your own in a container garden on your back porch. Follow our suggestions for best herbs to plant, the right containers to use, what to do about soil, and whether to start with seeds or plants.

10 Steps to Fix a Broken Irrigation Pipe

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Gardening homeowners have all done it - put their shovels through a PVC irrigation pipe and then had to face the repair. If this is you, why wait days for an irrigation company to fix your break? Invest $10, follow these steps, and you’ll be right again within the hour.

Hello Aphids, Goodbye Aphids

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Florida aphid populations are responsible for unsightly black mold on plants and viruses that damage certain fruits and vegetables. They can be eliminated or managed with the application of natural solutions and use of plants that attract beneficial predatory insects such as ladybugs.

So You Want to Grow an Orchid

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Over 20,000 species of orchids grace our planet (and even more hybrids). Most are epiphytic, meaning they grow on other plants. In general, orchids are easy to maintain, although in Florida’s July and August summer conditions, growers must water and fertilize well, manage pests, and watch for rot and fungus.