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Storm Season

1. Choose the right plants.

We always promote using the right plant for the right place. Using Florida friendly plants is always important, but even more so when it comes to storm season. See a list of trees here that are deemed appopropriate and somewhat hurricane resistant by the University of Florida.

2. Inspect your trees and shrubs.

Cut off any dead limbs or branches. If you have dead trees, get these removed before storm season so they do not fall. Do not remove healthy material from the trees & shrubs and keep wounds to a minimum.

3. Clear drainage areas.

Remove debris from storm drains. If it is blocked and water cannot flow through, worse flooding may occur.

4. Decor.

Remove decorative materials, pots, and hanging baskets.

5. Irrigation.

Make sure irrigation is turned off during hurricane waters.

6. Tie down.

Secure any lawn furniture or other items outside that may get blown during high winds.

7. Stay informed, stay safe.

Make sure you are listening to reliable information, have a plan to evacuate if mandatory, and keep you and your family safe.

 

 

July Landscape To-Dos

Source: University of Florida IFAS Extention

What to do in July

Lawns: Determine the cause of any lawn problems before taking action. If an insect is the culprit, treat only the affected area. Rule out disease or sprinkler malfunction. See Your Florida Lawn: http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/yourfloridalawn/

Fertilizer Bans: Certain municipalities in north Florida prohibit the application of fertilizer to lawns and/or landscape plants during the summer rainy season (June–September). See if such an ordinance exists in your area.

Vegetable garden: Use summer heat to solarize garden soil for fall planting. It takes 4–6 weeks to kill weeds, disease, and nematodes, so start now. See Soil Solarization: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_soil_solarization

Azaleas: Flower beds have formed. Prune no later than mid-July to protect next spring’s bloom. See Azalea: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_azalea

Irrigation: Install an inexpensive rain shutoff device to conserve water and save money. If one is already installed, check that it is operating properly. See Landscape Irrigation: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_landscape_irrigation

Trees: Prepare for hurricane season by checking trees for damaged or weak branches and pruning if needed. Hire an ISA-certified arborist. See International Society of Arboriculture: http://isa-arbor.com/ and Pruning Landscape Trees and Shrubs: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_tree_pruning

Pests on ornamental plants: Inspect for caterpillars on trees and shrubs. Large trees can normally withstand caterpillar feeding, but specimen shrubs may need treatment if damage is extensive. See Landscape Pest Management: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_landscape_pests

Peach and nectarine trees: Consider planting one of the many new peach and nectarine cultivars that grow well in North Florida. Newly planted trees should be fertilized now. Apply 1/2 lb. per tree of 8-8-8 fertilizer. See Temperate Fruit for the Home Landscape: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_home_temperate_fruit

Indoor Gardening

Love gardening but hate the heat? Take a break from your landscape and take the time to focus on adding complimentary pieces to your home. Nothing makes a home like some nice greenery!

Plant choices will depend on the type of light you have in your rooms and how much maintenance you are willing to give.

Pictured on the left are Mona Lavender plants, which do great in a bright window, or outside in the shade. They require regular watering, and do best with fertilization three times a year. These plants have dark green foliage with a purple underside, and lavender colored blossoms through the spring and summer. Note how the contrast of burnt orange pots really makes the purple pop! Finding the right pot for your home is just as much fun as finding the right plant to go in it!

Pothos make a great addition as a hanging  plant. These low maintenance plants enjoy a wide range of environments. They can be grown in low light or direct light, can be planted in soil or in a vase with water.

These plants are easily rooted by cuttings. If your pothos plant is variegated especially with white or cream colored variegations as pictured on the right, they will do better in a brightly lit space because the green areas are what create energy for the plant. If it is not getting enough light, the plant will most likely revert back to a fully green leaf.

Sanseveria which has few different names like ‘Snake Plant’ or ‘Mother-in-Law’s Tongue” is a very low maintenance plant with numerous different varieties. Place it in bright or low light, and no need to water frequently.

 

A very popular choice, but one that may require a little more maintenance is the fiddle leaf fig.  These large-leaved specimens love a sunny window and regular watering. They bring interest and height to any home.

Ferns add texture to rooms with bright light. They typically like to stay moist so may require watering every week.

Succulents are great for a small space as they don’t take up much room as a table centerpiece or in a small pot on a windowsill.

 

Tree Sale

10% Off Trees & Shrubs (15 gallon or larger)

When you purchase installation. Now through July 31st.

Now is the time to plant that palm tree you always wanted, add a shade tree, or put some privacy along your property line. Most materials come with a one year warranty if in-ground irrigation is present.

Add curb appeal or value to your home with some of our popular palm trees. (from left to right: Queen Palm, Sylvester Date Palm, Roebelinii Palm)

Add screening to give you privacy or a green wall.

Podocarpus 7 gal.

Podocarpus

Viburnum Odoratissimum 3 gal.

Viburnum Odoratissimum

Crape Myrtle

Cassia

5 Reasons to Grow Aloe

Aloe plants can be grown indoors or outside. They are very low maintenance, requiring little care and water. Place in a bright light room, full sun or part shade area, and reap the benefits of this awesome plant!

1.Antioxidant & Antibacterial – The compounds found in aloe vera gel inhibit the growth of certain bacteria that can cause infections in humans. This is why it can be used to help heal wounds, reduces redness, itching, and skin problems.

2.Oral Hygeine – Rinsing with aloe vera gel is just as effective as standard mouthwash with helping to reduce plaque. See study here.

3.Anti Aging – Consuming the aloe vera gel can increase collagen production and improve skin elasticity, preventing wrinkles. It also helps skin to retain it’s moisture!

4.Regularity – Aloe vera may also help treat constipation. This time it is the latex, not the gel, that provides the benefits. The latex is a sticky yellow residue present just under the skin of the leaf. The key compound responsible for this effect is called aloin, or barbaloin, which has well-established laxative effects.

5.Make your own hand sanitizer – Can be a base to create your own hand sanitizer!

Ingredients

  •  Cup 99% Rubbing Alcohol
  •  Cup Aloe Vera Gel
  • Essential Oils Of Your Choice

6 tips for the New Mom

Bringing home new plants can be both exciting and nerve racking… especially if you have failed before or don’t have a green thumb. Fear not! We have these simple guidelines to help you have success.

1. Start with “Easy” Plants

   

Start off with something low maintenance. Succulents, cactus, Sanseveria, and Pothos, are all great beginner plants. Succulents and cactus do great in full sun, and won’t mind if you forget to water them for a week…. or two. Sanseveria and Pothos are perfect for those low lit areas, under a patio, or in shade. They both will tolerate negligence, and Pothos will be fine if you water it too much! People who don’t have success with plants at the beginning usually get over excited and “kill them with kindness.” Be sure not to over water, especially those drought tolerant plants!

2.Provide the Bare Minimum

Plants need the right light, temperature, and water to thrive. You can’t brighten up that half bath with no windows or light with that succulent, I’m sorry. Give your baby the best chance with the correct environment!

3.Follow the Instructions

The care instructions aren’t something to be taken lightly. They’re telling you exactly what to do. If you aren’t sure, ask your Sales Associate at Liberty, or do a little research!

4.Mark your Calendars

Try putting a notice every week or two in your calendar to send you little reminders to give you plant some lovin’!

5.Splurge

 

You’re more likely to take care of something if you spent a little extra on that adorable pot, or that cute fairy furniture, or bag of pea gravel to complete the look.

6.Have fun!

Gardening is a lot of trial and error. Don’t get discouraged! Have fun with the process!