Thursday, August 23, 2012

August, Andrew and Invasives

This August marks the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew, long past but not forgotten. We learned much from Andrew's visit.We learned that as a community, a neighborhood we can create strong bonds and help each other. Our State & County Governments and FEMA modified plans based on Hurricane Andrew's impact on Miami Dade County.  And NOAA and the National Hurricane Center (NHC) have continued to advance technologies for tracking and forecasting. Today as we watch the development of Tropical Storm Issac on local newscasts, web-based information is available to all as well.
My favorite NHC/NOAA page is the Tropical Atlantic-Rainbow Loop.
Warning, you may  become a bit of a weather geek!
Stay informed and always be ready.

Hurricane Andrew also taught us the importance of removing invasives from our urban environments in areas that are not only in close proximity to natural environments but also invasives that can be swept up in a storm and carried into critically important natural areas. The removal of invasive plants from Everglades National Park continues still. The Everglades are a vital component of our hydrological system and contributes to the quantity and quality of water in the Biscayne Aquifer. The Biscayne Aquifer is our primary source of our drinking water in So. Florida.
Paying attention to what's growing in our backyards helps to protect our drinking water!

Speaking of what's growing , August although extremely hot is a great month to add new plants to your landscape. Long days and ample rain will jump start new plant additions once they establish.  Work early in the relative cool of the morning or early evening. Plant on an overcast or cloudy day to help plants weather the heat ( and you too!).

It is also time to prepare a raised bed for our optimum vegetable growing season, September to March.  Master Gardeners will be doing  a 30 minute presentation on Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening at the next 3 Rain Barrel/Water Conservation Workshops.

Please call us at the Extension with any questions you may have.

 We hope to meet you soon, stay cool and stay prepared!

1 comment:

  1. I hope the hurricane season is kind to Florida this year. Thanks for the gardening tips, too.