Photos courtesy Jack Regan
There is a reason that we don’t just go out and plant our pet plants around the grounds, that we rely upon professionals to keep our landscape healthy and in good appearance. Take these two bad boys, for example, one worse than the other.
First “Moses in the Cradle” or Oyster plant, Tradescantia spathacea:
Next is one which is REALLY invasive, and very hard to kill: the dreaded “Mother In Law Tongue!!!”.
Did you know that palm trees are heavy feeders? The University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences suggests that these trees should be fed THREE times per year (March, July, September), with a specific low phosphorous (yay!!), time release fertilizer with micro-nutrients.
Here are some examples of apparent nutrient deficiency:
So what can be done? Scatter 1-2 pounds of Lesco (or equivalent) 8-2-12 Palm tree fertilizer under within the "drip line" of each tree in March, July, and September.
Did you know that scattering GRASS fertilizer on the palm drip area might kill the tree? Want to learn more? Listen to the UFAS expert! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvQ3UvIbHlM
Concerned about Red Tide? This is why UFAS wants a low Nitrogen, low Phosphorous fertilizer (the 1st two numbers of the 8-2-12). ALSO - very important - we hire professionals to feed the plants and to keep them healthy!