This month in The Neighborhood Gardener:
• Black Spot vs. Cercospora Leaf Spot on Roses — These two diseases affecting the leaes of rose plants are often confused because the symptoms are similar. However, each has some distinct features that can help you tell the difference.
• Squishy Lawn? Too Much Water is Trouble — The month of August marks the peak of the rainy season in Florida. This is great for replentishing thirsty lakes and underground water reservoirs. But surprisingly, it could be bad news for your lawn, especially if your automatic sprinkler system is still operating routinely.
• Plant of the Month: Dioon — Sago plants’ susceptibility to cycad aulacaspis scale has left gardeners searching for a suitable alternative. Many have turned to dioon, ancient cycads that are easy to grow and can make a strong statement in any landscape.
• Flagler Master Gardeners Help Feed the Hungry — Master Gardeners are working with their county Department of Juvenile Justice to develop a community garden, providing a volunteer opportunity for area youth while working to help feed Flagler County’s hungry.
• August in Your Garden — The hottest days of summer limit planting now to heat-tolerant coleus, impatiens, kalanchoe, and vinca. This month is also the start of the fall planting season with many varieties of cool and warm season crops to start now.
• Friend or Foe: Poison Ivy and Others — Florida parks and woodlands are favorite places for many people who enjoy outdoor activities. Unfortunately, every year numerous Floridians suffer skin rashes and other problems when they come in contact with one of several plants (poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac) typically found in these locations.
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