Now is the Time,
Kerby's is the Place

July 30, 2015   

It's a great time of year to work on your tropical shade garden.
Rain, rain go away. After a few weeks of relatively dry weather, this past week has shown us just how rainy even the Sunshine State can be. We'll definitely take the extra rain over drought, but along with that extra rain come plant disease problems. See the article below for things you can do to keep disease from taking over your beautiful lawns and gardens.

The great thing about the rain is that it really waters all of the plants in your yard. No matter how diligent you are at handwatering or running your sprinklers, the water that Mother Nature provides always seems to give plants an extra boost. So take advantage of the rainy season and plant something tropical and fun in your garden. The rain has even made the afternoons a little bit cooler, and of course it is a great time of year to work on shady areas of the yard. So there aren't any excuses, have fun in the garden this summer.

Happy Gardening,
The Kerby's Nursery Family

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Dwarf Yellow Mussaenda
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Dwarf Yellow Mussaenda
Mussaenda lutea
Add a bit of brightness to shady areas of your garden with this lovely shrub. It grows around 3 or 4 feet tall, and spreads to make a nice rounded bush. It blooms throughout the warm months with lovely little yellow flowers surrounded with creamy white leaves that will keep your shade garden bright and beautiful.

A Fungus Among Us

The rainy season is here and that means regular afternoon thunderstorms (or in the case of the past week, some day-long rainstorms). All around town, you see trees, shrubs and flowers putting on fresh flushes of new growth as they soak in the welcome water. However, if you're like us, you are also starting to see mushrooms pop up throughout your yards and flower beds, which is a sure sign that there is a fungus among us. Fungus thrives in wet areas and at times of the year when the humidity is high (which is almost all summer in Florida). It shows up in a variety of ways, from whole limbs dying and black spots on leaves, to brown patches and mushrooms in your lawn. Fortunately there are some preventative measures that you can take to keep your plants healthy and reduce the amount of fungi in your garden.


Water Smart - We always lecture folks on not watering enough, but plants can have too much of a good thing. Make sure that you turn off your sprinkler systems when we get large amounts of rain and take a break from daily hand watering. Watering an already wet flower bed is a sure way to make fungus grow. When you do water in the humid season, make sure to do so early in the morning so that the plant can take up water during the day and leave the soil relatively dry by night.


Keep it Clean - To avoid spreading disease, keep garden areas clean and weed free. Weeds can often be hosts for plant diseases and of course, leaving piles of rotting leaves and weeds around will definitely bring fungus to your garden. Clean all lawn tools that you use with a light bleach solution. This is especially important if you've just pruned a plant that has disease on it (such as the rose pictured with black spot.)


Plant Well - Probably one of the best things you can do to protect your plants from disease is to get them off to a good start. For most plants, use a well-drained soil, such as Kerby's Planting Soil when you plant. A good soil helps the plant get nutrients and water, but also keeps the soil from staying soggy. If the area you are planning on planting in has poor drainage, think about creating raised beds, since most plants do not want to sit with their feet wet. Check out Kerby's Planting Instructions for more information on how to make plants happy. 

Treatment - In our humid season, no matter how clean your garden or how carefully you water, you will likely face fungus problems. Before a disease spreads to too many plants, treat with a good fungicide such as Captan, Thiomyl or Liquid Systemic Fungicide (the specific fungicide that you need will depend on the disease and the type of plant.) If you have a tough plant problem, bring a picture of the plant and a leaf sample into the nursery and we can diagnose the problem for you and get you the right treatment option. There doesn't have to be a fungus among us anymore.



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2311 S. Parsons Ave.

Seffner, FL 33584
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