March Garden In South Florida

March Gardening Guide In South Florida

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Spring Flowering bulbs

With just about two weeks away the spring months are quickly approaching which means we are heading for warmer days, with the coming of spring our garden soils will begin to warm up at a faster rate. Warm-season plants are beginning to wake up from their long winter nap, soon our gardens will be filled with a burst of shades of green and flowing plants that paint our landscapes and gardens with a variety of colorful flower blooms in different shapes and sizes.

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Cleaning Your South Florida Turtle Pond

How to Clean Your South Florida Turtle Pond

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A Turtle Resting

The installation of a turtle pond will help to liven up your garden or landscape design, a garden feature of this sort will create an environment that’s both fun and entertaining. Just watching these little creatures in their natural habitat can be so peaceful and relaxing.

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Backyard Turtle Ponds In South Florida

How to Construct a Backyard Turtle Pond in South Florida

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A Turtle Resting

Spruce up your backyard garden with the construction of a turtle pond, these ponds have much to offer and can be lots of fun as you watch turtles interact in their natural habitat. The installation of a turtle pond can help to liven up your garden giving your outdoor living space a feeling of the wild or nature path that creates interest in your garden oasis.

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How To Grow A Hamlin Orange Tree In A Container

Tips to Grow a Hamlin Orange Tree In a Container

How To Grow A Hamlin Orange Tree In A Container
A glass of orange juice

The Hamlin orange tree is a popular citrus fruit that is grown in the Florida States and is enjoyed by many, although this fruit tree is grown inground can also be grown and cared for from a container. A container-grown Hamlin orange tree is the perfect fit if you don’t have the yard or garden space or you may want a tree where you have more control as far as its top and outward growth is concerned.

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Growing A Hamlin Orange Tree In South Florida Gardens

How to Grow a Hamlin Orange Tree in South Florida

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And Orange Tree

A popular orange tree that’s grown in South Florida gardens is Hamlin oranges, once installed and cared for correctly will produce a harvest of sweet juicy oranges. Oranges are a staple food that can be found in many kitchens and is consumed in so many ways including fruit bowls as part of breakfast, lunch or dinner, or a healthy snack.

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Cleaning Your South Florida Fish Pond

How to Clean Your South Florida Fish Pond

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A fish and a frog in a pond

The installation of a backyard water garden or pond is the highlight of a garden or landscape design, these special gardens will help to create an atmosphere or an environment that’s enjoyable. The sight and the sound of these garden features are inviting as they introduce peace and relaxation.

But to enjoy this added feature we must put a maintenance plan in place to ensure that our water garden keeps its luster or shine by keeping it clean. It’s important to keep these ponds clean especially if we’re caring for pond fish.

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Flowers That Bloom Year Round In South Florida

5 Flowers That Bloom All Year in South Florida

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Ixora flowering plant

One of the many highlights of a garden is not only how beautifully it’s maintained but also the various colorful flower blooms, a garden that produces such color pop is not only pleasing to one’s eyes but displays a feeling of peace and relaxation that lets us know that nature is at work. The construction of a flower garden provides curb appeal, contributes to our ecosystem (food source) for pollinators, is inexpensive and environmentally friendly, can be used as cut flowers, etc…

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Backyard Watering Gardens In South Florida

How to Construct Backyard Water Gardens

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A Fish Pond

Installing a backyard water garden is a great way to connect with nature while enjoying your outdoor living space, creating a garden of this sort not only says home sweet home but also provides a natural habitat for wildlife and beneficial insects that will positively impact our ecosystem. The sound and the sights of trickling water can do much in helping to relieve stress as we kick back and relax in our garden oasis.

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Vegetable Gardening In South Florida For Begginers

How to Start a Vegetable Garden in South Florida

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Garlic Herb

So you’re thinking about starting a vegetable garden, but just don’t know where to start. For the beginner gardener, this can be a bit confusing but the good news is starting a vegetable garden is a step in the right direction because of the many benefits that are involved from encouraging biodiversity in your home garden to contributing to our eco-system, for example, encouraging the presence of pollinators and beneficial insects.

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February Garden Insect Pests Guide In South Florida

February Garden Pests Control in South Florida

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A Worm Larva

We’re now in February, and as we near the warmer season with hot humid days, expect to see more activity in your gardens from wildlife to pollinators ensuring that your garden plants put forth their best. Pollinators are responsible for transferring pollen between plant species leading to fertilization and helping in the process of seed and fruit production.

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February Gardening In South Florida

February Gardening Guide In South Florida

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Garden Flowers

We are at the end of January there were many garden projects you took on from weed removal to raking leaves, giving your compost pile some tender loving care to reseeding areas of your lawns that had bare spots, and then there was working on that flower bed or giving your potted plants and vegetable garden that needed attention.

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Winter Lawn Care In South Florida

8 Grass Care Tips for a Healthy Lawn

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Grass Mowing

A well-maintained lawn is a show stopper and is one of the many high lights of a beautiful garden or landscape, the beauty of maintaining a healthy lawn turf is not only the beauty it provides but a well-maintained lawn can increase your property’s value. I have worked on many lawn care projects and have seen what can happen even when paying attention to the smallest detail.

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Cool Season Bedding Plants For South Florida Gardens

6 Cool Season Bedding Plants To Keep Your South Florida Colorful

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Snapdragon Flowers

The cool season presents the opportunity to fill our gardens with colorful flower blooms, why wait until the spring and summer months when you can get out in your gardens and install cool season annuals that will put on a beautiful display giving that color pop? Many species of bedding plants can be chosen to compliment your existing garden or even if you haven’t started a garden as yet this is the perfect time to transform your outdoor living space into your very own garden oasis.

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Cool Season Annuals For South Florida Gardens

Cool Season Annuals for South Florida Gardens

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Pansy flowering plants

The cool season offers many opportunities to fill our gardens with beautiful annuals, these flowering plants can provide our January gardens with an abundance of beautiful flower blooms. Cool season annuals will not only paint our garden beds and landscape with colorful flowers but this decorative addition will provide much-needed nectar for pollinators in early spring.

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January Garden Pests In South Florida

January Garden Pests Control in South Florida

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An aphid garden insect pest on plant

Many garden insect pests are active during the warmer season, spring through summer, but as the season cools down many go dormant by overwintering in leaf litter, plant debris, under rocks and logs, tree holes, and other areas of the landscapes that are considered to be a haven but some can still be found actively lurking that can cause damage to garden plants and lawns. We will be taking a closer look at these garden pests and how to control them to reduce their populations so they are no longer a threat to plant life.

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How To Protect Garden Furniture In Winter

Tips To Protect Your Garden Furniture During Winter

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Outdoor garden furniture

Garden furniture provides comfort making our time spent outdoors relaxing, what better way than to sit back and enjoy all nature has to offer as we spend time alone with a good book in hand, reflexing, or with family and friends? No matter the occasion we can all agree that there is just something about connecting with nature in an outdoor environment setting especially during the spring and summer months.

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How To Amend Store Bought Soil

5 Ways to Amend Store-Bought Soil

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Plants growing in garden soil

At the roots of growing healthy plants is the soil type, soil does matter, what happens below ground will determine what happens above ground. Garden plants or seeds that are sowed in poor soils or soils that have poor drainage and little nutrients will negatively impact plant life. Many soil types are sold under different brands or trade names but some of these soils lack what’s needed for proper plant growth.

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How To Maintain Compost Over Winter

Five Proven Methods to Maintain Compost Over Winter

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Healthy Garden Soil

Compost is a gardener’s gold mine because of the many benefits, garden plants love compost and will thrive their best when this natural organic is incorporated with garden soil. Adding compost to your soil will improve biological, physical, and chemical soil properties, provide nutrients for healthy plant growth, conserve moisture, encourage plant rooting depth, reduce soil erosion, and increase microbial activity that’s good for soil and plant health.

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January Gardening In South Florida

Your January Garden Checklist for South Florida

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A Flower Garden

With the warmer months approaching now is the right time to get your garden chores off to a good start, what you do now can help to make your garden jobs easier and can impact the health of your garden plants. Putting a plant in place is your blueprint to success so when the warmer months (spring & summer) arrive you will be at the head of the game that’s a win-win for you and your garden plants. Below we will be discussing your garden checklist for January for your South Florida Garden.

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Gardening Gifts For Men

Great Garden Gift Ideas

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A Worx Lawn Mower

The world of gardening offers many opportunities to be creative as we think outside of the box, whether installing a garden, giving your garden a makeover, or ensuring that your garden looks great at all times with the proper care we can all agree that working the soil has its rewards. There are many ways to garden from installing a flowering bed to growing an herb, or vegetable garden, or even your favorite fruit trees or a combination, your efforts will be rewarded as you reap a good harvest.

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How To Care For A Poinsettia Plant

7 Poinsettia Mistakes to Avoid

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A Poinsettia Plant

Poinsettias are beautiful plants that bring with them the spirit and the joy of Christmas, working with poinsettias on many interior plantscape projects during the holidays brought much delightful cheer to many areas of the five-start resort where I once was employed including private homes.

But knowing how to properly care for poinsettias to maintain their beauty and luster during the holidays is the difference between success and failure, the proper care of these garden beauties is not difficult.

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How to Care for Curcuma in South Florida

Growing Curcuma in South Florida

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A Curcuma Flowering Plant

Curcuma is a perennial plant that’s native to tropical South Asia and belongs to the ginger family Zingiberaceae, there are some 80 species of these garden beauties that are scattered throughout northern Australia, Papua New Guinea, China, and India. Thirty species of Curcuma are said to be “discovered in Thailand”. Curcuma produces large green Canna-like foliage (leaves) and pine cone-shaped flowers.

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How To Care For Calendula In South Florida

Cool Season Plants for South Florida

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Calendula Flowers

Today is officially the first of December which means that the cooler months are finally here but as the weather cools down we can continue to have a beautiful colorful garden that can continue to flourish during this time of the year. A plant that can keep your South Florida garden colorful is calendula, this garden beauty is native to Southwestern Asia, Macaronesia, Europe, and the Mediterranean. Calendula is a short-lived herbaceous flowering plant that’s in the daisy family Asteraceae and is in a genus of about 12-15  annuals and perennials.

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House Plants That Cleans Molds From Your Home’s Air In South Florida

8 House Plants that Can Remove Mold From Your South Florida Home

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A Pink Aglaonema

What Causes House Mold

Studies have shown that in the U. S., about 70% of homes contain certain levels of mold, besides being responsible for certain health issues house mold is responsible for structural damage that is estimated to be about $3.7 billion annually. With the many health issues that house mold causes and the cost of structural damage, it’s important that we do all that we can to prevent mold issues. No matter how small the steps we take can pay off in big ways that can prevent the many issues when it comes to house mold control.

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The Best Houseplants for South Florida

8 Best Indoor Plants for South Florida

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A Peace Lily

Enhance your indoor living space with the presence of indoor plants, introducing plants into your indoor living environment is a game changer and a winner. There are so many benefits why indoor plants should be considered especially since we are about to enter into the winter months. Besides beautifying our interior, indoor plants pull toxins out of the air helping to improve indoor air quality. A beautifully maintained indoor garden also contributes to positive mental health.

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Fall Lawn Care Tips For South Florida

Lawn Care Tips for Fall

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A beautiful turf lawn

There is a lot that goes into having a beautiful lawn, during the spring and summer months lawn turf is actively growing, therefore, we must ensure that our lawns are well taken care of by the many best management practices that include the proper mowing height, adequate irrigation a good fertilizing program, lawn aeration as needed and keeping an eye out for lawn pests and diseases (treat immediately) which can turn a healthy lawn into a nightmare if control measures are not taken right away.

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Plants To Install In The Winter In South Florida

7 Beautiful Plants for Your Winter Garden

The spring and summer months present opportunities to introduce colors into our gardens with the help of flowering plants, the warm season (spring and summer) brings inspiration to transform our outdoor living space into an oasis or garden paradise that’s restful and inviting. However, the warmer months are long behind us as we approach the cooler season that brings with it winter chills as the temperature drops.

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Outdoor Patio Ideas

Giving Your Outdoor Living Space a Make-Over

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Dining Outdoors

Living a healthy and happy life means having a balanced life that promotes our mental as well as our physical health, a sure way to accomplish this is by taking advantage of our surroundings which means spending time outdoors that can impact our lives in so many ways.

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How To Protect Beneficial Insects In The Winter

9Proven Ways to Winter Proof Our Gardens for Beneficial Insects

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A butterfly and a bee collecting nectar

During the spring and summer months, beneficial insects do a great job by rendering their service that benefits us greatly, whether it is a home garden, plant nursery, farmland, or whatever type of garden project we are involved with,  beneficial insects make their presence felt by protecting our garden plants from garden insect pests or by ensuring that our fruits trees, flowers, and other garden plants received the pollination that was needed to produce a great harvest.

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How To Overwinter Tomato Plants

Steps to Winterize Your Tomato Plant

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A tomato plant

Tomatoes are usually grown in tropical regions as perennials but in other areas are mostly grown as annuals,  helping your tomato plant to survive the winter months or become cold tolerant is crucial because this action will help your tomato plant to thrive giving them a head start so when the warmer months returns you can continue to reap a good harvest. If your desire is to keep your tomato plant healthy during the colder months you have come to the right place to know how this process is done so continue reading as we take a closer look at how to overwinter our tomato plants.

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Gardening Gifts For Women

20 Best Gifts for Women

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A woman with a gift

Gardening is a great hobby that is enjoyed by many as we get outdoors in the open air to grow our favorite flowering plants and even our edibles, besides reaping a harvest of our work as we work the soil working in a home garden has also proven to be beneficial both mentally as well as physcially.

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Aerogarden Reviews

6 Best Aerogarden Systems Buying Guide

Research has shown that growing our very own foods can and has proven to be healthy because when growing our own edibles we are in full control, this thought alone has inspired people to do just that especially since the pandemic the idea of self-sustaining has been embraced by many as we see a growth in growing foods from a home garden whether outdoors or in an indoor environment.

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How To Feed Your Soil In The Fall

7 Simple Steps to Feed Your Soil In the Fall

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Garden Soil

The right soil type lies at the roots of growing healthy plants, this key component (soil) can either make or break a garden therefore we must ensure at all times we meet our garden plants’ requirements by providing them with the right soil type. Providing the right soil type for plants to thrive means conditioning our soil with amendments that are formulated for this purpose.

The fall months present opportunities to make soil improvements because this is the ideal time to prepare our gardens for next season’s crops or to grow that beautiful flower garden.

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The Best Fake Indoor Plants

7 Best Artificial Indoor Plants

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Artificial Floral Plant Arrangement

Indoor plants can add beauty to an indoor living space, but there are some persons who do not have the time to take care of these garden beauties and then there are those who say “they don’t have a green thumb” but would still love to transform and bring change to their indoor environment.

The good news is both sides can be satisfied by the installation of artificial plants, artifical plants are popular and can be found in many homes, office buildings, restaurants, hotels, and other establishments.

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How To Prep Your Garden For Winter

 Tips to Prepare Your Garden for Winter

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A bird eating red berries

The changing weather is a sure sign that the winter months are fast approaching, the spring and the summer months were full of so much to do as many gardeners and plant growers across the country made those needed changes even for some that gave their gardens a makeover. Whether growing ornamental plants or edible crops on a small or wide scale there is no denying the time and hard work spent did not go without their rewards as we connect with nature giving a helping.

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How To Overwinter Pepper Plants

Tips to Winterize Your Pepper Plants

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Growing Peppers

The flavors of peppers can wake up any dish with its flaming sizzle, this spice plant is a favorite of many worldwide especially in the Caribbean.  There are an estimated “50,000 varieties of peppers that are grown throughout the world, but most of them are not considered to be hot just 4,000”. Peppers are usually grown as annuals but in tropical -sub-tropical climates they are rare as perennials.

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How To Identify Winter Garden Insect Pests

5 Garden Pests to Look for in the Winter

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Aphid garden insect pests

During the spring and the summer months garden pests can become a real issue, farmlands, nurseries, home gardens, and other plant growers are faced with the challenge of controlling garden insect pest populations. If these pests are left unchecked and not dealt with can cause server damage, according to one study it’s estimated that the damage insect pets cause on a yearly basis amounts to ” $77 billion”.

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Fall Landscaping Ideas Front Yard

Tips to Spruce Up Your Front Yard

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Dahlia Flowering Plants

Giving your front yard a fall makeover is a great way to spruce up your garden and landscape, the fall months present many opportunities to add some colors and make seasonal changes that will keep your garden colorful and vibrant.

Because of the fall months, many gardens across the country are starting to look tired with tree-shading leaves and flowering blooms that are fading or refusing to bloom as they once did.

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How To Provide For Wildlife In The Fall

7 Ways to Provide for Wildlife in the Fall

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Blue Jay Birds

Nature is about to take her long-awaited rest until the warmer season returns, with the colder months looming just ahead many wildlife unlike bears, raccoons, chipmunks, squirrels, wood frogs, and other species of animals that go into hibernation, will be faced with the challenge of finding shelter and food.

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How To Protect Ornamental Plants From Fall Insects

Tips to Pests Proff  Ornamental Plants

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Worm-Larva

Giving your fall garden a spring cleaning will prove beneficial to garden plants, if you have not started as yet it’s not too late for you to put a plan in place. A fall garden cleanup will not only prepare your garden for the winter months that’s ahead but will discourage disease and garden insect pests from overwintering giving you a jump start so that when the warmer seasons arrive your plants will continue to grow healthy.

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How To Protect Fruit Trees From Fall Insects

Tips to Pests Proff Your Fruit Trees

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A Cherry Tree

The spring and summer months present their challenges as we wage war on insect pests that seek to rob us of our harvest, these uninvited guests though active in spring and summer time can still be found lurking in our gardens during the fall season. Now is not the time to sit back and relax but to continue to keep a watch for these pests that can cause much damage.

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How To Control Winter Garden Insect Pests

Tips to Control Pest in the Winter

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A Snail

Creating a garden oasis or growing an edible garden has its rewards but keeping your garden growing healthy requires best management practices to ensure that your plants are getting what they need for proper growth.  From cultivating the soil, soil amendments, to weed control, water management, and fertilizing schedules are some practices that must be carried out but one challenge that must be dealt with is the control of garden pests.

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How To Winterize Mandevillas

Winterizing Mandevilla Indoors

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A Pink Mandevilla Plant

During the spring and summer months Mandevillas puts on a beautiful display of flower blooms, this tropical to sub-tropical garden beauty is a warm-season plant that’s native to Central and South America.

Mandevilla produces green glossy leaves, the trumpet-shaped flowers come in an array of colors from white, yellow, and shades of pink, for example, bold hot pink, soft, cotton-candy pink and bright pink, bright red, and apricot varieties, etc…

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Should I Prune Fruit Trees In The Fall

How to Prune Fruit Trees

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And Apple Tree

Annual pruning of fruit trees will encourage healthy growth along with more fruit production, although the fall months present the opportunity to do some spring cleaning, thought, and care should be considered when carrying out pruning procedures. While pruning has its benefits we should approach this practice as to why we should prune during the fall months.

While some pruning can be considered during the fall season the ideal or best time to prune fruit trees is when the tree is dormant during early spring about two weeks after the last frost.

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How to Fall Garden with Hanging Baskets

Fall Hanging Basket Ideas

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Fuchsia flowers hanging basket

Gardening above the ground with hanging baskets is a great way to kick off the fall season, what  I love about hanging baskets is utilizing that extra space besides the addition of beauty and colors. Hanging baskets can do so much to lighten and brighten up an area. Though you may not have sufficient space for a garden or container garden you can still add beauty with the implementation of hanging baskets.

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How To Plant An Indoor Winter Garden

Extend The Growing Season with these Ideas

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Growing herbs in containers

The winter months are just ahead of us but that does not mean that when winter arrives we have to stop (gardening) doing what we love. We can continue to connect with nature in our indoor living space ( indoor winter garden) which presents as much opportunity as working in our outdoor garden area.

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How to Water Your South Florida Garden In The Fall

South Florida Fall Garden Watering Guide

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Watering Flowers

The winter months are fast approaching which means preparing our fall gardens to weather the cold season, apart from our fall garden cleanup is ensuring that garden plants are continuing to get adequate water. Sure we may have gotten over the heat wave (summer months) but now is not the time to discontinue watering garden plants because the temperature is starting to drop.

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How to Protect Beneficals insects in Your Sout Florida Garden

Fall Garden Beneficial Insects Tips

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Ladybugs on a plant

During, the spring and summer months beneficial insects are hard at work helping to bring control to garden pests, many of these insects can be found moving about our gardens and landscapes and for some of us who may not see their presence the evidence that they are there are clearly visible either by the body parts of garden insect pests, pest population is low or our plants are thriving and growing healthy.

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How To Care For A Fall Container Garden

Fall Container Garden Care

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Flowers in a container

Growing a container garden is a great way to garden in small spaces, these gardens are popular and can be installed just about anywhere including indoors. I have worked on many container garden projects for five-star resorts and private homes and have seen how these gardens can spruce up and transform outdoor as well as indoor living spaces. With a container garden, you can grow anything from veggies to herbs, ornamental and flowering plants including fruit trees.

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How To Prepare A Raised Bed Garden For The Fall

Tips to Prepare a Raised for the Fall

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A Raised Bed

A raised bed garden is a confined space where a limited number of plants can be grown, what makes a raised bed garden special is these gardens are low maintenance meaning cleanup, weeding, watering, and fertilizing are kept at a minimum. These gardens can be installed just about anywhere depending on the types of plants that are grown.

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