Move poin­set­tias to pa­tio to re­sume growth

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in­sec­ti­cide for shrubs also found at gar­den cen­ters. Some prod­ucts are sprayed on the fo­liage and oth­ers drenched over the soil, fol­low­ing la­bel in­struc­tions. Prod­ucts la­beled for soil ap­pli­ca­tion are ab­sorbed by the roots and moved into the shoots, where the in­sects are feed­ing. Sea­son-long con­trol is of­ten pos­si­ble with one ap­pli­ca­tion. that fall be­tween the blades to the soil. If only a few leaves are shred­ded, this won’t af­fect growth of the grass and may sup­ply some nu­tri­ents. But Florida Oaks pro­duce such a pro­lific amount of leaves that are prob­a­bly best raked and added to the com­post pile. types.

Dur­ing the win­ter, weeds are still grow­ing and of­ten need con­trol. If not con­trolled, they may blan­ket the lawn to cause turf de­cline. A liq­uid weed con­trol prod­uct made for use with both lawn types can be ap­plied, fol­low­ing la­bel in­struc­tions. Es­pe­cially note tem­per­a­ture re­stric­tions for safe and ef­fec­tive weed con­trol.

Univer­sity of Florida for land­scape plant­ings, but the two most com­mon are Ce­leste and Brown Turkey. Va­ri­ety Ce­leste, pro­duc­ing thumb-size, light brown fruit, is of­ten known as the “sugar fig.” It does have an ex­tra sweet taste and is easy to grow in lo­cal land­scapes.

Since it is win­ter and vibur­num shrubs are not mak­ing much growth, it would be best to wait un­til mid-Fe­bru­ary for the first fer­til­izer ap­pli­ca­tion. When feed­ing time ar­rives, se­lect one of the many brands of slow-re­lease gen­eral land­scape fer­til­iz­ers avail­able from your gar­den cen­ter and fol­low la­bel in­struc­tions. Th­ese can re­sist wash­ing from the soil due to the con­tin­ued wa­ter­ings your new vibur­nums need dur­ing the dry months ahead.

BOB CHILD/AP

In March, find poin­set­tias a sunny to lightly shaded lo­ca­tion in the land­scape to grow and re­peat the hol­i­day dis­play next De­cem­ber.

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