October Newsletter

The Summer "Nitrogen Fertilizer Ban" Ended October 1st.  The yearly 'ban' prohibits the use of nitrogen and/or phosphorous in lawn and/or landscape fertilizers during the 'rainy season' - between June 1st and October 1st.  These products can 'wash-out', with our typical summer rains, and contribute to the pollution of our local waterways.  This was Pinellas County's 7th summer of implementing the ban.

Vegetable Garden

 

There’s nothing like growing your own vegetables and they sure taste a lot better than anything you can get in the store. If you haven’t already started, October is a great time to start the garden. We have already been getting in the 'hardier' vegetable starts, such as peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, etc. And will continue to bring in other varieties as the weather cools.

The University of Florida is an exhaustive source of information on vegetable gardens.
You can start your search of their website at these two sites;
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/vh021

http://www.gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/care/planting/vegetable-gardens-by-season.html

Moringa

 

Moringa is one of the latest Super Foods to get attention in America but the plant has been around in other cultures for centuries.  The leaves and seed pods are used in soups, teas and a host of other culinary dishes because of their high levels of antioxidants and other vitamins and minerals.  It is also called a miracle plant due to the belief that it can treat a long list of ailments and other conditions. 

It is a fast growing tree that can reach upwards of 30 - 40 feet tall.  They can be trimmed back, but resprout very quickly.  In colder winters they can drop their leaves and would need protection from any freeze. 
 

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Natural Weed Control

 

We now carry ‘Nature Guide 20% Vinegar’, which is a natural alternative to the active ingredient in products such as Roundup.
Vinegar, used at full strength is very effective when applied to actively growing young weeds. Weeds that are mature or ‘dormant’ may require multiple applications.
As with products like Roundup Vinegar is ‘non-selective’ and will damage or kill turf and landscape plants.


Not your grandmothers vinegar...
True, we splash vinegar on our lettuce salads and think nothing of it. Vinegar found at the store is somewhere around 5%.
However, stronger forms of vinegar can be hazardous to humans. Vinegar (Acetic acid) concentrations over 11% can cause burns upon skin contact. In fact, eye contact can result in severe burns and permanent corneal injury. Plus, it can also ‘etch’ concrete and metals. This is why reading and following the label is so important.

Pagoda Flower

Pagoda Flower is a shrub in the Clerodendron family that can reach heights of 3 - 5 foot plus.  It gets its name from the large red clusters of flowers that resemble a Japanese Pagoda.  Grows anywhere from Full sun to filtered light. 







 

Lawn Care Schedule

Tackling Lawn Care on your own?  Check out our recommendations for what to do each month, now available in PDF format

Statuary

 

We just got in a new shipment of concrete statuary, bird baths and fountains, as well as  Talavera.  Come find that accent piece missing form your garden. 

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Lawn Care

 

Fertilizing

October is a key month to fertilize your lawn.
We recommend Sunniland's 16-0-8.
However, if you also want to tackle some "broad-leaf" weeds you may want to use one of SunniLand's Weed N Feed products.  However, the active ingredient in their St Augustine Weed N Feed is Atrazine, which can damage the turf when the temperatures are above 90 degrees and should only be used twice a year – spring and fall. Another option is fertilome’s Dollar Weed Control Granules, unlike most “Weed n Feed’ fertilizers, this can be applied anytime during the active growing season, without fear of ‘scorching’ the turf!


Weed Control
Also known as pennywort, Dollarweed is a ‘broadleaf’ warm-season perennial weed.  It gets the common name from its 1 to 2 inch silver- dollar-shaped leaves.. It has a spreading, low-growing habit that spreads by seeds, rhizomes and tubers.
Dollarweed is usually found in moist - to wet - sites. Therefore, good drainage and avoiding excessive irrigation helps reduce Dollarweed infestations.


Bugs & Fungus

The seasons are changing, but you may still have problems with lawn fungus (we have had a lot of rain recently) or maybe bugs. If you're concerned about a possible problem, bring us a sample to diagnose and we can suggest a solution. We'll need to see a section of sod approx 1' by 1', including the soil (roots) underneath. AND, this sample can't be completely dead nor completely healthy,, in other words a section that is beginning to 'go bad'.