Helpful Links and FAQs
Many Home Gardening Questions
The internet has
a wealth of information for gardeners but not all of it is
Consider the following websites to find dependable information
on the web to answer Lawn and Garden questions.
University of Florida Extension
Find your local extension office and explore their
excellent list of topics such as: How fertilizers work, proper
plant pruning, weed identification and control, landscape
management, best management practices, irrigation, plant pest
and disease recognition, how to prepare your landscape for
hurricane damage, and so many others.
This is an important link!
A useful website that covers a large variety of
subjects in a fun and interactive medium.
Everything you need to know about watering your lawn and plants.
Check out current watering
restrictions for Hillsborough County:
Here are just a few of the questions that are answered on
- What are the current restrictions for Hillsborough County?
- Iím building a house. Does this mean I canít water my new lawn?
- What are the restrictions on micro-irrigation and low volume
- What rules apply to hand watering?
Watering Instructions for Newly
Remember that all plants take months to develop roots and should
be watered frequently. Daily watering for 4-6 weeks is
recommended to establish a good root system. Once the plants are
established you can cut back on your water to 2 -3 times per
week. We recommend checking with your
local county extension service
regarding water restriction and regulation in your area.
Watering Trees and Palms:
Newly planted trees and palms need lots of water. After the
installation of your tree or palm, these instructions of care
and maintenance will ensure proper growth and good health of
your new plant.
Fill dirt ring with water, slowly full to the top, but not
breaking the ring. This should be done twice daily for the first
four weeks, then once a day for the next four weeks. Then slowly
taper off to twice a week for the next six months.
This is the final step in planting. The addition of
three or four inches of mulch around the plant keeps them warm
in winter and cool during the summer months. Mulch insulates the
roots against extreme temperature, slows down evaporation of
moisture from the soil and helps to keep down weeds. Mulch also
provides an attractive appearance
The reason for fertilizing plants should be to
supply nutrients to achieve a clearly defined objective, such
shoot growth, root growth, flowering, or fruiting
newly planted trees and shrubs
foliage color and plant appearance
or preventing nutrient deficiencies
You can find all
information you need about fertilizing in Florida by
clicking on this link.
A good University of Florida website that allows you
pictures and graphics of plant and pest
problems common in Florida. Often accompanied by
PestFacts.org is an excellent
site that allows you to sift through facts compared to media
exaggerations that have confused consumers for years. It
includes a myth buster section.
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