Wednesday, April 29, 2009
The micro-irrigation system was used to irrigate a container garden of herbs on the patio. The same principle would apply to a planting bed, mulched area in the landscape, row of shrubs, etc. You can see the drip line running to the containers and slowly emmitting rain water. The irrigation system can even be on a timer (install the timer on the outlet where the pond pump is plugged in).
This is a view into the top of the rain barrel. You can see the small pump on the bottom of the barrel. The wire coming out of the barrel is simply plugged into an exterior outlet when the homeowner is ready to irrigate with the micro-irrigation system. What a great set up!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Pentas are great annuals for hot summer months. Plant them in early summer.
Ageratum should be planted in the early spring in Central Florida.
Begonias do the best when they are planted in the early spring.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Martha Stewart's Whole Living site has a list of 30 things that you can do to celebrate Earth Day. Since today is the first month of April (and the month in which Earth Day falls), there is no better time to start. View the calendar here.
There are many things we can do to conserve water in our homes and landscapes. In honor of Water Conservation Month we are providing you with some helpful conservation tips. By following some or all of the tips you can conserve and preserve our valuable water resources as well as save money. Engage the entire family in the effort to conserve water and make it fun for kids. The following tips (and more) can be found on http://www.watermatters.org/ or you can call your Florida Yards and Neighborhoods program to obtain publications listing water-saving tips.
1. Fix your dripping faucets. Be a water detective and search for dripping or leaking faucets—
they can waste 300 gallons of water or more each month!
2. Turn off the water while you brush your teeth! Everyone in the family can participate in
saving water this way!
3. Use a rain barrel to collect rainwater off of the roof. This water can be used to water
plants. Make it a fun family project by painting and decorating the rain barrel prior to
4. Raise the mower blade! Mow your lawn at the highest setting to ensure strong roots and
increase drought tolerance. This will also make the job a little easier!
5. Only run the dishwasher and washing machine when you have a full load.
6. Take shorter showers. Make it a contest and set a timer to see who in the family can take the
shortest shower and award prizes.
7. Use micro-irrigation to water your landscape plants. Micro-irrigation is the most efficient
way to irrigate and the systems are easy to install.
8. Choose plants that are drought-tolerant. Look for Florida-friendly plants that will require
less water after establishment.
9. Encourage everyone in the family to conserve water by making a doorknob sign reminding
them to conserve in high water use areas of the home. This can be a great craft project for
10. Water early in the morning or late in the evening to reduce evaporation.
The Polk County Florida Yards and Neighborhoods program can show you how to design and maintain a landscape that requires less water, fertilizer and pesticides. For more information on this program contact Anne Yasalonis at the Polk County Extension Service (863) 519-8677 ext 121 or visit the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods website at http://polkfyn.ifas.ufl.edu. On our website you will find a list of upcoming free workshops, a Florida-friendly yard application, a Florida-friendly plant database for Polk County landscapes, and other useful information. You may also call the Extension Service if you would like to receive a free copy of the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods handbook.