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The Neighborhood Gardener – August

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Selecting Trees

Trumpet treeAchieving a natural, healthy balance in your landscape starts with putting the right plant in the right place. Before planting a tree, you should carefully consider the traits and needs of that species. More

The Xtreme Makeover Project

A Collier County Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Success

Makeover landscapeOne year after installation, the ‘Empire’ zoysiagrass lawn is a rich green, and the mulched garden bed is nearly weed free, with spreading shrubbery and blooming plants that shield the soil.  More

Plant of the Month: Canna

Orange and yellow cannaRelated to bananas and ginger plants, cannas come in an array of tropical colors. These heat-loving perennials like sunny, moist conditions. More

August in Your Garden

Apply slow-release nitrogen or iron to St. Augustine and Zoysia lawns this month if they need "greening up." Start the fall planting season now with many varieties of cool and warm season crops.

For more month-by-month gardening tips, check out the Florida Gardening Calendar. Three different editions of the calendar provide specific tips for each of Florida's gardening regions—North, Central, and South. More

Friend or Foe? Friend: Dragonflies

dragonfly Dragonflies have been around for more than 300 million years. Their favorite foods include mosquitoes and flies, so their presence is a good sign! Dragonflies do not sting or bite people. They spend much of their lives as nymphs in water and therefore tend to live near ponds, rivers, and wetlands. Dragonfly nymphs eat mosquito larvae and other insects. Having a garden pond will attract them, and using few or no pesticides will ensure they stick around. More

Florida Master Gardener Continued Training Conference

Join Master Gardeners from all around the state to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Florida Master Gardener Program. The conference will feature a variety of speakers and topics about gardening and volunteerism. Make plans to be in Ocala November 2 to 4, 2009! More

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