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Don’t Feed Your Weeds

Topdressing with fertilizer is a bad idea. Sub-dressing is superior.

This idea was demonstrated clearly at the Mid-Florida Research and Education Center this week. Dr. Chris Marble, weed specialist, showed us many trials with pre-emergent herbicides and how various mulches affected weed growth. He concluded by showing how fertilizer placement makes weed growth worse.

Various ways to apply slow release fertilizer to potted plants

The traditional way to apply slow release fertilizer is by sprinkling it on the surface of the soil. But some is lost by sunlight degradation and more can be lost by heavy rains. Another problem is that it feeds weeds and encourages their growth.

Fertilizer 3″ deep fed the crop but not the weeds.

So, a wiser way to apply fertilizer is to fill the pot about half way up with soil, apply fertilizer, then fill the pot the rest of the way, then plant the new plant. The new plants roots will come in contact with the fertile area but the nutrients are out of reach of any weed seedlings.

FNGLA Royal Palm Chapter University of Florida

FNGLA Annual Convention

Sunrise over the Atlantic ocean.

Standing room only audience of over 150 people from around the state.

Wendell Butler Award and other plaques to recognize award winners.

View from the 7th floor of the B Ocean Resort, Fort Lauderdale.

Crab races at the Hospitality Suite.

Phil Buck, President, Royal Palm Chapter gives $2000.00 donation to the University of Florida toward research.

Four other chapters donated too. Dr. Jack Payne gives us an update about funding cuts.

poinsettias University of Florida

Poinsettia Field Day

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015. 150 varieties of poinsettias grown by the staff and students at the University of Florida, evaluated and overseen by Dr. Jim Barrett.