Dessert Comes First
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The Kerby's Nursery E-Newsletter
May 12, 2022
A Fungus Among Us  |   New Arrivals
Dessert Comes First
by Joey Bokor

Abby wants to open a restaurant someday, and she's already come up with the name: Dessert Comes First. From the name, you probably get that she, like most kids, is interested in the sweet stuff. To be honest, I think for many adults, we'd probably take a bowl of ice cream over a steaming pile of broccoli, too.

We were at a restaurant for lunch recently, trying to decide if we wanted any appetizers and somehow the conversation quickly shifted to chocolate cake. Our waitress told us about a regular customer that she has that always orders a piece of cake first and her meal second. After a few times of this customer coming in, our waitress said that she asked her why she ordered cake first. Her comment was, 'I don't know what's going to happen on any given day and at any given time, so I always have my cake first.'

Wise words to live by, though I'm not sure my doctor would agree. It is easy to forget to do the fun things when we get so busy and bogged down with the little day-to-day items that seem to dominate our time. The future will tell if Abby ever gets to open her restaurant, but at least she is making plans with the right attitude. Dessert comes first. Don't get me wrong, I don't think you should start every meal with a big slice of chocolate cake, but it wouldn't hurt to treat yourself every now and then.

Both our plants and us have had a treat this week with cooler mornings and some soaking rains. But even though it has rained a little, and the mornings are cooler, don't forget to water your new plants. Think of water as dessert for your plants. It should always come first. You know our typical watering instructions: Daily for the first month, always in the morning, every other day for the second month, and twice weekly for the third month. Most importantly, don't stop watering just because it rained once or twice. Keep to that initial watering schedule to make sure all of your plants thrive. Once you've treated all of your plants to a deep soaking of clean, crisp water, go on and get yourself a slice of chocolate cake, you've earned it. And maybe someday you'll get a chance to go to Abby's restaurant where Dessert Comes First.

Happy Gardening,
The Kerby's Nursery Family

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A Fungus Among Us

The rainy season is almost here and that means fairly regular afternoon thunderstorms. All around town, after a good soaking rain you see trees, shrubs and flowers putting on fresh flushes of new growth as they drink up 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 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.

1) 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.

2) 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.

3) 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.

4) Treatment - In our humid season, no matter how clean your garden or how carefully you water, you will likely face disease issues at some point. Before a disease spreads to too many plants, treat with a good fungicide such as Copper Soap Fungicide 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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