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.
Florida’s summer heat and humidity takes a toll on plants, but this can be mitigated. Keep soil moist and well-drained. Lay down layers of mulch to absorb heat. Create shelter for sensitive plants. Follow these tips and your plants will thrive through the summer!
St. Augustinegrass is one of Florida’s most widely used turfgrasses. Several cultivars are available, the most common being Floratam. It does well in shade and can be irrigated with saline water. When fertilized responsibly, irrigated correctly, and mowed at optimum heights, it produces a thick, lush, and satisfying lawn. Chemical insecticides are usually necessary for maintaining the health of this grass, as it is susceptible to chinch bug infestations and other pests. Pre-emergent and post-emergent herbicides keep weeds under control.
Commercial landscaping companies and homeowners alike fight the battle of weeds. This article discusses pre-emptive weed strike strategies, from covering the ground with barriers and mulch to smart watering that targets desired plants. Post-emergent weeds can be managed through selective digging and deadheading to reduce spread. The common practice of tilling is discouraged, as this turning of the soil lifts dormant weed seeds and raises them to the light and air. Herbicides are always a weed-control option, but much can be done to manage weeds without the use of chemicals.