Now is the Time,
Kerby's is the Place

July 31, 2014   

How are you keeping cool this summer? A dip in a pool always helps after some hard work in the yard.
The dog days of summer really are here aren't they. Well don't let them get you down. What's a little heat to a Floridian right? If you're like us, you save your fun in the garden for the morning or the evening and spend the afternoon in the pool, or just inside in the a/c. If you are brave enough to venture out in the heat, Kerby's has some great summer sales going on right now. And before you know it, fall will be arriving and all the fun in the garden that it brings with it. Check out Kerby's fall event and workshop schedule to get a taste of what we'll have going on.  And don't miss our summer sales. They are only for the month of August.

Happy Gardening,
The Kerby's Nursery Family

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A Fungus Among Us

Featured Plant

August Sales

All Pottery and Statuary
25% Off

Crape Myrtles
25% Off


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All Crape Myrtles
25% Off

 Featured Plant
Crape Myrtle
Lagerstroemia x
The crape myrtle is a low-maintenance tree that flowers in the early summer with gorgeous color. For the month of August at Kerby's, all crape myrtles are 25% off, including the new black diamond series. With beautiful red topink flowers, the black diamond's real claim to flame is the deeply colored foliage. Stop and see them for yourself and get a great deal on a lovely landscape centerpiece.



A Fungus Among Us

The rainy season is here and that means regular afternoon thunderstorms. 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. 

And of course if any of your trees, plants or lawns have an issue, you can always bring a sample up to Kerby's and we'll do our best to diagnose the problem and find you the right solution. That way you can get back to having fun in the garden.

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Kerby's Nursery

2311 S. Parsons Ave.

Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 685-3265

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