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Growing Your Florida Landscape This Spring

March 31, 2014

The spring growing season is upon us and now is the best time to begin helping your plants. Your lawn, shrubs and palms will be enjoying warmer temperatures, longer daylight hours and beginning in May or June, more consistent rain. What they’ll be lacking are the nutrients they need to keep them healthy and protected from pests, whose populations will increase with those increasing temperatures and rain. A great way to protect your ornamentals while helping them grow to their full potential is to regularly fertilize them. When fertilizing your lawn, trees, and shrubs, you can either do it yourself or hire a trained professional.

If you choose to do it yourself, make sure you follow the best management practices. If you plan on planting new trees, shrubs, or grass this spring, there are several variables to keep in mind so ensure your new plants prosper. These variables include:

  • Select plants that will be well suited to the characteristics of your yard.

  • Be sure to place plants that need a lot of direct sunlight in a place that receives the correct amount of sunlight.

  • Give a new plant plenty of room to grow.

  • Growing a small plant into a large space will require less pruning and result in a healthier, longer lasting plant.

  • Also, be mindful of where water collects in your landscape. If you place a new plant in an area where rainwater collects or drains the plant may receive too much water and drown or it may get washed away in a strong rain storm.

  • It is also important to remember that each plant in your landscape serves a function. Some plants are simply decorative but others provide cooling shade that can lower your energy costs, create a screen for privacy, direct the flow of traffic onto or within your property, or provide wildlife habitat.

When the calendar turns to summer, your landscape will be growing like crazy and the insects and pests will be approaching their population peak. Will your plants be able to withstand these pressures? Common pests that will put additional pressure on an already stressed lawn in the summer months include chinch bugs, armyworms, and sod webworms. Those of you who live in areas with a fertilizer blackout (June 1-September 30) need to have already fed your plants to help them resist the insect and environmental pressures by the cutoff date.

The spring growing season is the first and best opportunity to have the landscape you want this year. If you have any questions or concerns about your landscape’s ability to grow and stay healthy, contact one of our trained professionals here at Nozzle Nolen for a free consultation.


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