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April 19, 2018   
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The flowers at the EPCOT Flower Festival never disappoint!

I wore a jacket in April. Just, Wow! A jacket in April, and for most of the day too! Amazing. Tuesday morning, it was 49 at my house. It's been twelve months of crazy weather to say the least, what with hurricanes, freezes, and now this unusual late cool weather. I'll complain about the hurricanes and freezes, but this is amazing. So what are you doing to take advantage of this late spring-like weather? We took a trip over to EPCOT to enjoy the sights of the Flower and Garden Festival. They always go pleasantly overboard with their flower displays and topiaries, and this year was no exception. I always leave full of ideas for planting beds at the nursery and for gardening at home. Now if I only had the time to get all of those new ideas accomplished . . .

And don't forget that this Sunday is Earth Day, which celebrates the birth of the environmental movement. We think that every day can be Earth Day, and that one of the best ways to help Mother Earth is to plant a tree. They are are nature's air purifiers. They clean our air and our water. The right trees even put food on the table. See our tree planting tips below and get outside, enjoy the weather and have a Happy Earth Day, hopefully playing in your garden.

Happy Gardening,
The Kerby's Nursery Family

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Garden Tip
Planting Trees

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. So what are you waiting for! If you need some shade for your home or garden, or just want to get started on your fruit forest, the weather for planting won't get better. And with consistent rains coming through, you'll get a little help from Mother Nature with the watering. Below are some of our best tree planting tips:
1) Choose the Right Location - Most trees want a sunny well-drained area, so make sure you find a bright spot in your yard that drains well, even after a heavy thunderstorm.
2) Use Good Soil - Florida soil is notoriously poor, so use a good soil such as our custom Kerby's Planting Soil to get your trees off to a good start.
3) Stimulate The Roots - The most important thing for new trees is to establish a strong root system. To really boost initial root growth, use Ferti-Lome Root Stimulator. It contains a rooting hormone and the right balance of nutrients for developing a strong root system.
4) Stake the Tree - Most trees benefit from staking for the first year. Staking is important not to keep the trunk straight, but to keep the new tree from falling over and damaging the new roots that it is trying to grow. For most trees, a single stake driven through the root ball and attached to the trunk is sufficient.
5) Water, Water, Water - All plants need consistent initial watering. For trees, make sure you are watering them deeply enough. Shallow, frequent waterings encourage shallow root systems. Those are the kind of root systems that damage sidewalks and driveways. Water deeply at each watering to get water all the way through the root ball and beyond the roots. This encourages roots to grow downward. A deep, strong root system creates a strong, healthy tree.
Now pick a beautiful day and have a picnic, after all the garden isn't just for work, it's for relaxing too.
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Marvel Rose Salvia

Butterfly attractor with great low color.
6" Pot - $6.99
Southern Magnolia Trees

Evergreen and hardy, with fragrant flowers.
Starting at $149.99
Yellow Dwarf Poinciana

Unusual solid yellow color.
7 Gallon Pot - $79.99

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