Monthly Archive: July 2014

The Beautiful Life of a Dead Tree or Dead Trees I’ve Known and Loved

Tallahassee Democrat July 25, 2014 By Jody Walthall       Photo by Lilly Anderson-Messec: Bald Cypress     What is the most important tree in the forest? Tallahasseean, Jim Stevenson, former Chief Naturalist of Florida State Parks and chief of the Office of Resource Management, would say it is any dead one. Living trees …

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Weed Control Takes a Long-Term Plan

Tallahassee Democrat Photos by Steve Chandler July 25, 2014 By Steve Chandler   Photos by Steve Chandler       Most people become concerned about weed control sometime about the middle of summer when their lawn is struggling with the heat and the weeds seem to be thriving. Their question then is usually “How do …

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Turning Over a New Summer Leaf

The Tallahassee Democrat July 18, 2014 By Berty Ferguson Alternanthera Plant   We gardeners of North Florida and South Georgia have a noble challenge in the heat of summer: getting color in our containers, yards, and gardens besides green . . . plain ole’ leafy green.  I’ve noticed that most colorful blooming garden plants are …

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Wildflowers in Your Landscape: Keep it Tidy

The Tallahassee Democrat  July 18, 2014 Photo by Jeff Norcini: Wildflower Mini-Meadow   By Jeff Norcini Photo caption: Residential wildflower mini-meadow established in 2004; recently constructed rain garden in foreground captures some of the water coming off the roof. Converting a turf area to a native wildflower mini-meadow is a great way to reduce long-term maintenance …

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Vacation Care for Plants

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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