What is the difference between Annuals and Perennials?
An annual plant is one that sprouts, grows, and flowers continuously until the early fall season. Annuals last for one season. A perennial will return each season, but will have a specific flowering period.
What is the best time of day to water my sod and plants?
The best time for watering is early morning or evening. In the heat of the day-10:00 am to 6:00 pm— sun and wind tend to quickly evaporate a significant quantity of water.
How do I install mulch around trees? Too much mulch applied over the root ball or resting against the trunk can cause problems for trees. Roots often grow up and into the mulch causing stem girdling roots which can kill trees. In addition to causing problems, mulch can also hide decay and dead spots on the lower trunk and major roots. Decay in this portion of the tree can cause stability problems. Keep mulch about 12 to 18 inches from the trunk. (University of Florida IFAS Extension)
How do I figure out how much sod I need? How many pallets?
Measure the length times the width to give you the square feet. Divide that figure into 400 to give the
number of pallets needed. (There is 400 sq.ft. of sod on 1 pallet or 150 pieces).
How do I protect ornamental plants during and after a freeze? Ornamental plants can be protected during a freeze by sprinkling the plants with water. Sprinkling for cold protection helps keep leaf surface temperatures near 32°F (0°C) because sprinkling utilizes latent heat released when water changes from a liquid to a solid state. Sprinkling must begin as freezing temperatures are reached and continue until thawing is completed. Water must be evenly distributed and supplied in ample quantity to maintain a film of liquid water on the foliage surfaces. Irrigation for several days may water soak the soil resulting in damaged root systems and/or plant breakage due to ice build up.
Plant water needs should be checked after a freeze. The foliage could be transpiring (losing water vapor) on a sunny day after a freeze while water in the soil or container medium is frozen. Apply water to thaw the soil and provide available water for the plant. Soils or media with high soluble salts should not be allowed to dry because salts would be concentrated into a small volume of water and can burn plant roots. Severe pruning should be delayed until new growth appears to ensure that live wood is not removed. Dead, unsightly leaves may be removed as soon as they turn brown after a freeze if a high level of maintenance is desired. (University of Florida IFAS Extension)