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stressed grass

Stressed Grass Shouldn’t Stress Floridians This Winter

If you live in Sarasota, Manatee or Charlotte counties, you might be seeing parts of your lawn turning brown this winter season. It's stressed grass but not to worry. As temperatures drop to the 40s and occasional 30s, the growth of St. Augustine turf slows greatly, and it’s not as…

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MULCH MADNESS SPREADS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

Mmm. You know it’s here by the fragrant smell of cypress or pine bark wafting from nature’s floor, or in this case, around your shrub beds. That’s right: it’s mulch season – the time of year when an innocent little piece of bark can turn homeowners into monsters or merrymakers.…

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Q&ARTISTREE: AVOIDING A FLORIDA-FROST FRENZY

Q: Holy cryonics! My nephew told me if I watered my plants before a Florida freeze, they’d be as hard as a frozen theropod. If that’s the case, how do I protect my landscape investment from Mother Nature’s moods? A: Your nephew’s been watching way too many dinosaur movies. Well-watered…

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PLASTIC SHEETS FOR PLANTS GET A COLD RECEPTION

Q: The last time we had a frost, I covered my plants with plastic and they froze anyway. Should I have used something else? A: Yes. One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make is covering their plants with plastic during a freeze. Plastic conducts cold, so unfortunately, your plants were…

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