Dolins Garden Center June 2009 Newsletter Time to Switch to Summer Flowers The first day of summer is almost upon us, but we here in Florida along with our cool season annuals are already feeling the heat. If you are deeply attached to these flowers it is possible to keep them going longer through the summer if moved into shade, otherwise its time to say goodbye and start fresh. Zinnias add large colorful blooms in a variety of colors. Dahlberg Daisies are a fragrant plant that grow low and have small bright yellow flowers. Celosia offer interesting fuzzy and wooly bloom spikes look Black Eyed Susans give you the of sunflowers but only grow to about 2 feet. Those looking for low care and low watering needs should check out: Vinca (Periwinkle) is a good replacement for impatiens Purslane grows low and has a wide succulent leaf Portulaca (Moss Rose) has a double bloom and thinner succulent leaves Lantana is a Florida Friendly butterfly attractor These will work well in hanging baskets as well as flowerbeds and come in a wide variety of colors. Made in the Shade There are many beautiful, low care choices to add accent and color to your summer shade garden. It doesn’t take a lot of plants, just a touch here and there makes all the difference. Kong Rose Coleus has wide green and rose leaves and can grow to 3 foot by 3 foot. Pink Jacobina has beautiful pink flowers that appear to shoot out like a fountain of fireworks. Add a touch of gold with Gold Shrimp Plants or creamy orange with Crossandra. Caladiums brighten up an area with their elephant ear like leaves in a variety of colors. Thanks to Rick and Linda Peerboom for their question. Florida Friendly Plant Tips These are plants that grow well in our area, have very low water requirements, are very hardy, have minimal maintenance and pest control, pretty much bullet proof. Atlas Carissa (Natal Plum) has round, shiny dark green leaves and gets a white starflower similar to a jasmine. A slow grower, it can be kept low or grown into a 5-6 foot shrub in sun to partial shade. Bridal Bouquet Plumeria keeps its small, spatula like leaves year round and has a white bloom with a yellow center. It can grow 4-6 feet out in the full sun. It can also do great in a pot. Unlike other Frangi Pani varieties, this one does not seem to be susceptible to mites or rust fungus. Disappearing Snowbush? Recently we’ve had a huge influx of customers bringing us bags full of little yellow and black worms telling us their Snowbush are covered with them. That my friends is the Snowbush Spanworm. Specific to the Snowbush, they can decimate a plant in a short amount of time. The best treatment, other than picking them off with little tweezers, is to spray Thuricide. It contains natural bacteria that are designed to affect the digestive system of worms and caterpillars. You can read more about it on our website under the Tips section. We have had some customer reports that the Thuricide washes off too easily during the rainy months, instead they have had success using Carbaryl (Sevin). The moths continue to be active for several months, so repeat applications may be necessary. Time To Fertilize Citrus and Palms June is one of the key months to fertilize your citrus and palm trees (Feb. June & Oct.) Citrus Trees – We recommend Florida’s Finest 4-6-8 Citrus Special at the rate of 1 pound per inch diameter of trunk for older established trees. Younger trees can be fertilized as often as every 2 months. Palm Trees – We recommend Florida’s Finest 8-2-12 Palm & Ornamental at the rate of 1 pound per inch diameter of trunk. Thanks to Karen Fahrendorf for her question. Why No Lakeview or Orange Jasmine We’ve been receiving a lot of requests for Lakeview or Orange Jasmine only to disappoint by not having it. The reason for the sudden disappearance of these two varieties is the citrus industry. These wonderfully fragrant shrubs can carry and transmit the citrus canker disease that has recently been ravaging our Florida groves. To help control the spread of disease, these two jasmines have been quarantined and are no longer being shipped until further notice. Got Rain? Rain barrels are an easy way to start going green, especially here in Florida’s rainy season. Simply set under a down spout or area of runoff, add one good rainstorm and you’ve got 50-60 gallons of free reusable water. Use it on plants inside or under a covered area; even wash your car with it. Cut out the middle man and help reduce your water bill! Lawn Fungus Among Us Speaking of rain, fungus spots or patches can easily and quickly develop in your lawn during the summer. All of the rain we get sometimes makes it difficult for the grass to dry out. One thing you can do to help is turn off your sprinkler system during a period of heavy rain. Your lawn typically only needs a half inch of water twice a week. Just because you can water doesn’t always mean you should. Secondly, you can treat with a fungicide for both preventive as well as curative measures. They Can Creep Up On You Brown patches in your lawn do not always mean fungus, once the summer heat starts going up so do the insects. Chinch Bugs, Grubs and Sod Webworms are the three most problematic pests in lawns. Treat with a granular insect control specified for lawns and these pests. If you are unsure if you have fungus or insects you can bring us a sod sample to look at and we can help you diagnose the problem. It doesn’t have to be big, 1 ft x 1 ft at the most, grass, roots, soil and all. Please make sure the sample is not all dead, we need to see some green to be able to tell anything. Thank you for your time and please feel free to send us any feedback on this newsletter or our store. We hope to see you soon. Dolins Garden Center 801 62nd Ave. N St. Petersburg, Fl. 33702 727-525-3434 firstname.lastname@example.org If you wish to unsubscribe to this newsletter please email us.
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