Vacation Care for Plants

Prepare your landscape for your absence.

Guest Article for the Tallahassee Democrat Photo by Mary Derrick July 11, 2014   By Roy Carter Summertime is vacation time for people, not plants! While getting ready for that long awaited trip, it’s easy to forget about your lawn, landscape, vegetable garden and house plants. A little time spent preparing your leafy friends for …

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Yucca Can Take Tallahassee Heat

 Tallahassee Democrat July 4, 2014 Yucca, photos by Steve Chandler             By Steve Chandler   When summer starts to push and most plants need a drink about every day, gardeners start to realize how hardy yuccas can be. Like most succulents, yuccas store water in their roots, trunks, or leaves, …

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A Lovely But Troublesome Tree

Guest Article for the Tallahassee Democrat June 27, 2014, Release for Tallahassee Democrat   A Mimosa tree invader in a natural area & Bloom and foliage of the invasive Mimosa tree. Photo by Mary Derrick, UF IFAS.       By Mary Derrick   All along the roadsides and in home landscapes this time of …

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Blueberries are Easy to Grow

Tallahassee Democrat June 20, 2014   Photo by Janeen Langley: Rufous Hummingbird and Native Blueberry By Donna Legare           We planted blueberry bushes in 1983 as a present to my father-in-law for Father’s Day. It is hard to think of any plant that has consistently given us so much pleasure over …

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Living History in Your Backyard

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Tallahassee Democrat   Native wildflower coral bean at Birdsong Nature Center, photo by Karen Rose June 6, 2014 By Karen Rose A good homeowner thinks of the yard as an extension of the house, clean and well-cared for, no leaf litter, a manicured carpet of grass, a few shrubs here and there kept pruned to …

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Extension Office to celebrate a century of service

(Photo: Michelle Gomez/Special to the Democrat ) May 31, 2014 By Michelle Gomez The Extension Center grounds are gorgeous, planted and labeled. A little-known gem sits on South Side, tucked beneath beautiful oak trees across from Jack McLean, Jr. Park. And it has been there for 100 years. Well, maybe not that particular building. But …

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Landscaping Around Your Septic System

Tallahassee Democrat   May 23, 2014   By: Mark Tancig   Many households in Leon County use septic systems for the proper treatment and disposal of wastewater. These systems require care and maintenance to keep homes and local water resources free of untreated sewage. Not only are odor and harmful bacteria a concern, but untreated …

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Safe Tree Trimming Rules for Homeowners

Tallahassee Democrat May 19, 2014 By Sam Hand Over my many years in the tree care industry, I have seen (and heard reports of) many serious injuries, and deaths, caused by inexperienced persons trying to do their own tree pruning.  In the majority of cases, the individual was trying to work off the ground on …

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GINGER…..Flavor, aroma and health-giving

  Tallahassee Democrat   May 16, 2014   Photo by Trevor Hylton   Ginger is a flavorsome aromatic spice that has been the basis of Asian and Indian cuisine and traditional medicine for hundreds of years. Today, ginger’s popularity has spread across the globe, and it is one of the world’s most widely used herbal …

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Growing Your Own Bouquet

Tallahassee Democrat   Photo by Pam Sawyer:  gaillardia   May 9, 2014           Go out into the yard and cut your own bouquet?  Well, with a little planning and effort you can.  If you have a sunny spot with good, well-drained soil, you are half way there. Plant selection is key, …

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