Saturday, January 22, 2022

Summer is coming . . .



Well, summer is on its way and the Florida heat is coming upon us, so now is a good time to get some key landscaping chores out of the way. Start by cutting back any leggy or overgrown plants, and remove dead or dying branches from trees and shrubs. If you haven’t fertilized your lawn yet, do it now (following the recommended application rates, of course). Plant heat-loving annuals like coleus, salvia, torenia, and ornamental pepper. Insects become more active as the weather warms, so start scouting for potential pests. Finally, check your irrigation system to make sure it’s working properly.

Question: I’d like to know what to do about clover. I must have had gotten some from a small shrub I planted… now it’s everywhere! You can’t even see the juniper because it has taken over. I tried pulling it and keeping it out, but it kept coming back.

Answer: Clover is an annual broad-leaved weed. It has several different varieties. White clover and Bur clover are the problem varieties in most lawns. White clover has shamrock-shaped leaves with a white or pink ball of a flower. Clover forms thick patches that choke out grass. Clover reproduces by seed and survives with an aggressive above and below-ground root system. Clover also shows up in plant beds.

Use a nonselective herbicide to kill these weeds. The term nonselective herbicide means it kills any plant it touches. The most common brand name is Roundup, whose main ingredient is glyphosphate. This chemical causes weeds to stop producing proteins and they starve to death in 7 to 10 days. Any of the big box stores will have this product available.

Please e-mail with any questions you may have.

Alan Brown together with his wife Robin are owners of Island Gardeners LLc here on Marco Island, a licensed, insured and bonded company, specializing in Residential & Commercial Lawn Maintenance as well as design and installation of plant material for new construction and remodels.

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