Hens and Chicks! Succulents add a unique twist to your gardening.

 Hens and Chicks

Hens and Chicks

 Sedums

Sedums

Succulent plants offer a unique addition to gardens and landscaping. Because of their growing habits, succulents can be used as an attention getting focal point or tucked in unsuspecting spots - hopefully provoking an ‘Oh, wow!” from friends and visitors. 

Because Florida does not have a truly dry season, care needs to be taken to plant succulents in well drained, sandy areas. The versatility comes to bear when you plant succulents in containers; terracotta pots, pots with unique shapes, and/or bold colors. Soil conditions are easier to monitor and maintain if succulents are grown in containers and have the added plus of being able to bring the containers indoors during the cooler months for a fresh summer feel. 

Succulents can also be grown in pockets on rock walls, rock gardens or on stone waterfall features. You can mix and match succulents in the same container, plus they are easy to propagate. Succulents are a fun addition to any garden or landscaping, easy to care for, and come in a wide variety to suit your personal taste and needs. 

For more information: http://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/plants/ornamentals/succulents.html

Photos credit: Keri Leymaster & Thomas Wright

Benefits of growing vegetables using hydroponics.

 Courtesy of UF IFAS

Courtesy of UF IFAS

Hydroponic Vegetable Gardening

Love to garden, love fresh veggies and herbs? Not that excited about weeding? Hydroponic gardening could be your answer. Hydroponic gardening has been around for thousands of years. Ancient Egyption and Aztec cultures used this form of gardening thousands of years ago. And, today it still proves to be a very viable way to provide fresh herbs and vegetables for your dinner table.

As we begin to enter into the cooler season, consider planting lettuces, mustard greens and/or kale for fresh salads.

For more information: gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/plants/edibles/vegetables/hydroponic-vegetable-gardening.html

Is your yard prepared for a hurricane?

 Hurricane, wind and flooding.

Hurricane season is roaring in later than usual this year!

By keeping a few items in mind, preparing your landscaping in event of a hurricane making landfall in your neighborhood should go smoothly.

Keep yard debris out of storm drains, keep your gutters clear and downspouts firmly attached allowing heavy rain downfall to move away from your home.

Cut back any plant that is too close to the house, remove dead tree branches or any loose debris in your yard.

Container plants should be moved indoors if possible or shelteed behind a hedge and lay flat.

Irrigation systems should be turned off and water collection vessels spigots left open.

For more in formation: http://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/duvalco/2018/08/01/prepare-your-landscape-for-hurricanes/

Using Patio Pavers to Build a Backyard Fire Pit

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As the weather is starting to cool down, be ready to enjoy a fire on your patio or in your backyard during the evening. Building a backyard fire pit is a fairly easy way to add a cozy feature to your yard.

Being a relatively small job, depending on the size fire pit you plan to build, sourcing your patio pavers from a landscaping company might be a good idea. Often times, a landscaping company will have left over pavers from a job or pavers removed from a job site that can be sold at discounted prices. This idea for sourcing pavers also lends itself to being conscientious about the environment by using pavers that might otherwise end up in a waste station. Recycle! Reuse!

HGTV has ideas and a plan for building your backyard fire pit, follow this link for more information: How to make a Backyard Fire Pit