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The plumbago is a shrub that can grow six to ten feet tall with a spread of 8-10 feet. Knowing how to grow a plumbago, along with where to grow one, is easy using the information in this article.
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Winter jasmine is probably one of the most fabulous climbing plants.
Name – Jasminum nudiflorum
Family – Oleaceae
Type – climbing vine, indoor plant
Height – 3 to 6 ½ feet (1 to 2 meters)
Exposure – light
Soil – soil mix
Foliage – evergreen
Flowering – January to March
Care, from repotting to pruning and including the watering is a set of proper actions that will help you grow magnificent jasmine.
We probably see more deer up here in East Lake than any other part of Pinellas County. Brooker's Creek Preserve and the Tarpon Springs Watershed provide an abundant amount of plants for deer to much on. Deer often also make their way into the yards of East Lake residents.
So, what do you do if you love looking at wildlife in your back yard, but hate the fact that deer eat your landscaping?
Pam Brown from the Friends of Brooker Creek Preserve lives in the East Lake area. She says she never realized how big of a problem deer can be until she moved here.
"I put some new plants in my yard, and I put some hawthorn by my front door. When I had piles of deer poop right by my front door, thought, 'OK, these plants have to go,' " she said.
Since then, Brown has added certain plants in her landscaping that are very pretty, but also discourage deer from grazing.
Brown has the following suggestions for keeping deer away-
If you're wondering what "deer candy" is, do you have your own favorite treats, like candy? Deer have their own favorites, too. Brown calls these plants "deer candy." These are plants that you will not want to plant if you are trying to prevent deer from grazing on your landscaping.
"Deer Candy" Plants-
As for plants to consider including in your landscaping, Brown has found that deer will not eat certain plants.
Deer Resistant Plants
Brown also says that deer eat a wide variety of plants and will try new plants they've never eaten if they are hungry. Deer will eat almost everything except native grasses. Deer also chew twigs of deciduous trees.
Other wildlife that can also cause landscaping damage according to Brown. These wildlife include rabbits, armadillos, squirrels, voles and raccoons.
For more information about preventing deer from eating your landscaping, Brown recommends this online article: Ornamental Plant Susceptibility to Damage by Deer in Florida published by the University of Florida IFAS Extension
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This article was co-authored by Steve Masley. Steve Masley has been designing and maintaining organic vegetable gardens in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 30 years. He is a Organic Gardening Consultant and Founder of Grow-It-Organically, a website that teaches clients and students the ins and outs of organic vegetable gardening. In 2007 and 2008, Steve taught the Local Sustainable Agriculture Field Practicum at Stanford University.
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Keeping your fig tree pruned will help it to produce sweeter, tastier figs since it enables the sugars and hormones to travel all the way up the branches and into the fruits.  X Research source Steve Masley. Professional Gardener. Personal interview. 20 March 2019. Luckily, fig trees are usually easy to take care of as far as pruning is concerned. During its first year or two, a fig tree needs to be pruned significantly to train its growth pattern for the following years. Afterward, however, it can survive with either very little pruning or very elaborate pruning, and it should continue to rebound year after year as long as you keep up on some basic maintenance.