From our Garden to Yours

May 21, 2009   

Finally, the area has gotten some much needed rain. This week, we recorded almost 10 inches at the nursery! It's amazing what the rain will do for plants and trees all around town. Everything looks brand new.

With more rain in the forecast, it's a great time to do some planting. If your lawn has got some holes in it, but you don't want to mess around with grass anymore, see the article below to learn about some other great alternatives. And click on what's happening to see a few pictures of our newest project, the "Greenhouse Village". It will make your stroll at the nursery even more delightful.

Happy Gardening,
Kim, Joey and Mark

In This Issue
Replacing Grass
Plant of the Week


Replacing Grass with Groundcovers
One of the hardest things to keep up with is your lawn. Every week it seems like you have to spread fertilizer, combat chinch bugs, or just watch some disease eat holes in what was once lush green grass. To top it all off, lawns require a lot of water, which is becoming a precious resource in our area.

If you are tired of the fight, then consider replacing all or part of your lawn with beautiful groundcovers. There are some great selections that can give you a lush, manicured look with much less work. Most require less water and fertilizer and do not have disease and insect problems the way that St. Augustine grass does. Below is a list of a few of our favorite options for turning those ragged lawns into the most beautiful on the block.

1. Dwarf Jasmine
One of the most popular groundcovers, the dwarf jasmine is an easy selection that can grow in sun or shade. It can be kept at a height of 6 to 12 inches with a few prunes per year, and fills in quickly to create a beautiful, lush area. The variety pictured is called 'Bronze Beauty' and adds great color in addition to being low maintenance.

2. Beach Sunflower
This groundcover grows a little taller, up to 18 inches, but adds delightful yellow sunflowers to your yard. It is a drought tolerant Florida native and loves sandy soil (it is native to beach areas). Plant in full sun, and watch it brighten up your entire garden.


3. Sunshine Mimosa
This is our Plant of the Week (see below), because it is so fantastic! Native, drought and heat tolerant and an attractor for butterflies, you can't go wrong with this tough as nails plant. It's also called the sensitive plant, because the leaves react to your touch by folding up. Cool!


4. Ornamental Peanut
Another low groundcover, only growing 4 to 6 inches tall, this one can be mowed with your lawn mower, set on its highest setting. Ornamental peanut is unique, because it actually produces its own fertilizer, keeping you in your hammock enjoying a cool drink, instead of doing yard work. It is best in sun to part shade.

There are many other groundcover possibilities. For a few more ideas, check out our Replacing Grass handout. It lists a few more options for keeping a stunning yard without all the work.

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Plant of the Week

Sunshine Mimosa

Mimosa strigillosa  
With dainty puff-ball flowers and a tough as nails attitude, this plant is one of our favorites for replacing grass. It makes a very low groundcover, that spreads quickly to fill in. It is a Florida native and is very drought and heat tolerant once established. It is also called the sensitive plant, because the leaves curl up when you touch them!

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Kerby's Nursery

2311 S. Parsons Ave.

Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 685-3265

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