Trees and lawn grasses growing in proximity to each other compete intensely for the limited amounts of space, water, light, and nutrients available.

Any lawn or garden is likely to suffer from pest infestation at one time or another. Insects, diseases, and weeds can be troublesome and can potentially cause harm or even death of the plants.

As a child, my grandmother had many big leaf hydrangeas planted in her landscape that provided brilliant color every summer. Around her patio, they blended in with pink garden phloxes and provided an attractive view from the dining room.

As the warm weather of spring has arrived, our lawns are actively growing and require proper maintenance. The warm season grasses, such as bermuda, zoysia, centipede and St. Augustine, have come out of dormancy and are green.

Throughout the county, many properties have large infestations of bamboo. The plant does have an attractive appearance and can screen out unwanted views. However, bamboo is invasive in nature and can take over an area rather rapidly smothering anything in its way.

In March, spring starts to make its appearance. With warmer temperatures, many flower plants begin to leaf out and bloom. The stores have warm weather plants for sale such as petunias, marigolds, tomatoes, peppers, and others.