Monthly Archives: January 2022

10 Step Pond Clean-Out Process

We recommend this 10 step pond clean-out process for those who want to do it themselves rather than use our clean-out services. Checklist of Materials for your Pond Clean-Out -Kiddie pool (or similar, large container to hold sufficient water to accommodate fish, water lilies, etc. ) -Net to cover fish containers to prevent them from […]

Tropical Plant International Expo (TPIE) Tampa, 2022

Earth Works Garden Center Managers Matthew Barlow and Rhonda King took the opportunity early in the new year to visit with growers and garden center products suppliers at the Tropical Plant International Expo (TPIE) in Tampa. The event was held at the Tampa Convention Center between January 19-21, 2022. “Every year is different,” said Barlow. […]

January Container Gardening Recipe

January Container Gardening Recipe Introducing A New Monthly FeatureContainer Gardening – a recipe for happiness!Each month be sure to check out our latest recipe. Our first recipe is a full sun cool weather planter.This recipe follows the basic concept of combining “thrillers, fillers, and spillers.”Thrillers are the dramatic tall plants, fillers the mid-size plants that […]

Florida Arbor Day Activities In Northeast Florida

Northeast Florida has a strong tradition of celebrating Florida Arbor Day, which was established in 1886 only one year after Sterling Morton established the first Arbor Day in Nebraska. Florida Arbor Day is fairly easy to remember coming on the third Friday of January since 1886. Arbor Day was famous throughout the country early on. […]

Why Did My Leaves Turn Black?

Insect secretions of honeydew and the resulting sooty mold buildup are why your plants leaves turn black. The sooty mold has a mutualist relationship with sap-sucking insect pests that create the favorable growth conditions for the fungus. Blocking photosynthesis is the only harm to the plant caused besides the unsightly appearance of this fungus. “On […]

New Landscape Watering Tips

Consider these tips for new landscape watering as these plant requirements vary from those already established in the lawn and garden. Even the healthiest trees, shrubs, and flowers planted in ideal circumstances need substantial time, care, and proper irrigation to become established in the landscape. Regular irrigation in the month after planting ensures the plants […]

Organic Top Dressing Lawns Benefits

Organic top dressing lawns, although labor-intensive, provides your beautiful lawn vital ecological benefits. Top dressing lawns, simply put, is spreading a thin 1/4”-1/2” layer of organic material on the lawn. Our service aerates the soil before top dressing to reduce compaction, which allows better oxygen, water, and nutrient absorption. In a few months, the benefits […]

Warm Winter Weather Means More Pests Earlier

With La Nina bringing warm winter weather conditions to Northeast Florida our lawns and gardens are likely to experience more pests earlier in the season. Ants, aphids, chinch bugs, grubs, mole crickets, mosquitos, sod webworms, termites, and wood-boring beetles, may all arrive and reproduce early this year. “Warm means that insects could become active sooner,” […]

Growing Heirloom Vegetables, Seed Saving, and Exchange

Growing heirloom vegetables provides your family delicious flavors, and with seed saving and exchange you help preserve plant genetic diversity. Many of the remaining seeds of our ancestor’s choice crops passed down through the generations are labeled heirloom seeds and seedlings at your neighborhood garden center. While industrial agriculture has provided benefits, there are also […]

January Lawn and Garden Tips 2022

A warm La Nina Winter and its impacts are the focus of our January Lawn and Garden Tips for Northeast Florida. While January is typically the region’s coldest month a warm one has its drawbacks especially for plants. Why Are Winter Temperatures Higher This Year?La Nina is predicted by NOAA to be warmer and wetter […]