Friday, February 18, 2011

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

How to read a fertilizer bag and choose a fertilizer

It can be really hard to figure out how much fertilizer to apply when you are ready to fertilize your lawn. This short video makes figuring out fertilization a little bit easier! Contact us if you have any other questions on fertilizing your Florida lawn.

Florida-Friendly Fertilizing

Do you need tips on how to apply fertilizer the Florida-Friendly way? Our program can provide you with the easy-to-use information YOU need! Find it here.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Plant Pink and Red Flowering Plants for Valentine's Day

Are you looking for a gardening project this Valentine's Day? Or maybe a unique gift idea? Choose from these red or pink flowering plants to add a bit of Valentine's Day to your yard.

Scarlet Hibiscus (Hibiscus coccineus)
A water-loving plant, this Hibiscus adds color and interest to any water garden, stormwater pond or lakefront. It loves full sun and is a Florida native plant.

Pentas (Pentas lanceolata)
Red Pentas attract butterflies in a sunny yard. They do well planted in containers and combined with other flowering plants.

Jatropha (Jatropha integerrima)
Jathropha is a small tree/large shrub that attracts butterflies. It has unusual shaped leaves that also add interest in the garden.

Salvia sp.
Salvia comes in many colors, including red and pink. Salvia is a drought-tolerant perennial or annual that is a great addition to a butterfly garden, cottage garden, or container planting.

Firecracker Plant (Russelia equisetiformis)
The blooms of the Firecracker Plant attract both hummingbirds and butterflies. This informal shrub is unique and easy to grow.

Verbena sp.
Grow Verbena in containers or in the ground. Both red and pink varieties are available.

Sunshine Mimosa (Mimosa strigillosa)
This Florida native groundcover is tough! Small pink powderpuff flowers make it attractive in any landscape.
Pentas (Pentas lanceolata)
Pink Pentas attract butterflies in sunny gardens. They are drought-tolerant and flower year-round.

Whirling Butterflies (Gaura lindheimeri)
The small pink blooms of this hardy plant are perfect for a container or landscape planting.

Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica)
Crape Myrtles range in size from large shrubs to large trees. Pink flowering varieties include 'Tuskegee', 'Miami', 'Seminole', 'Tuscarora', 'Potomac' and 'Tonto'.

Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
Although it is called Purple Coneflower, the rosy blooms are more of a pink shade. This is a tough Florida native plant that blooms in the summer.
For more pink and red flowering plants go to FloridaYards or the Polk County Florida-Friendly Plant Database. You may also call the UF/IFAS Polk County Extension Service at (863) 519-8677 for more plant ideas. Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Rain Barrel Truckload Sale!

There will be a rain barrel truckload sale in cooperation with Spring Obsession on Saturday, March 12 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. in the Bay Street parking lot in Lakeland. Purchase a rain barrel for $60 OR get a $10 off coupon by attending the 12:00 p.m. rain barrel workshop at Spring Obsession (workshops will be held in the Wakeman room near Harry's). Rain barrels are a great way to conserve water by collecting rain water for irrigation use in and around the home.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Spring Obsession is Right Around the Corner!

Is your yard brown? Then get downtown!

Spring Obsession will be Saturday, March 12 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Munn Park in downtown Lakeland. Flowering plants, orchids, palms, Florida native plants, fruiting plants and art and garden related items will be for sale. Replace those frozen plants with something new and exciting! Attend a gardening workshop in the speakers venue on Kentucky Avenue.

Speakers schedule:
9:00 a.m. New Plant Introductions
10:00 a.m. Pests and Diseases in Vegetables
11:00 a.m. Color, Cold Hardy, and Low Maintenance Plants
12:00 p.m. Rain Barrels (Attend to receive a $10 coupon good towards the purchase of a rain barrel!)
1:00 p.m. Landscaping for Birds
2:00 p.m. New Plant Introductions

Programs will be held in the Wakeman Park View Room at 103 North Kentucky Avenue (across the street from Munn Park).

For more information on Spring Obsession go to, See you there!