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Fertilizer, hurricanes and gardens

June 2, 2017
By H.I JEAN SHIELDS ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The summer season has started in Southwest Florida but do not expect to just sit back in your lawn chair with a cold drink and let the world go by.

Immediately, you must be aware that between June 1 and Sept. 30, the Cape Coral fertilizer ordinance #86-10 is in effect. The ordinance was enacted in November 2010. The intent is to ensure that no fertilizer containing nitrogen and/or phosphorus may be applied to turf or landscape plants during that time.

Fertilizer may not be swept, washed or blown off any impervious surfaces into any water body.

Commercial fertilizer applicators must successfully complete a 6-hour training program.

A city brochure is available at Cape Coral City Hall outlining other rules.

Also, immediately, you need to start thinking about this year's hurricane season, which also began June 1 and runs until Nov. 30. The frisky season does run a little bit longer some years. Just saying

The season's WINK-TYV hurricane guide is now available in most Publix stores and other venues. It is one of the "Hurricane 101" information sources. (Breeze Newspapers published its 2017 Lee County Hurricane Preparedness Guide May 4 and all the information from that book is available online at

There will also be hurricane seminars throughout the county.

These storms are dangerous and do not have to be a direct hit to cause damage.

How bad could it be? Where could it be? How costly could it be?

The point is "IT" could be.

You will hear more about Mother Nature's furies as time goes by. Pay attention for your safety and others'.

Finally, something to celebrate - June 4-10 is National Garden Week. Find a garden to visit, enjoy the work of someone else for a change.

The Garden Club of Cape Coral has finished this season and we are looking to visit around the area. A walk around the garden area at the front of the Edison/Ford Winter Estate in Fort Myers is free and the selection of plants and flowers is huge and reasonable.

The 66th annual Hibiscus Show will be Sunday, June 4, at the Shriners Hall at 2010 Hanson St., in Fort Myers. It's open to the public from 1-4 p.m. The show is presented by the James E. Hendry Chapter of the American Hibiscus Society.

Admission is free and there will be tables and tables of cut hibiscus blooms to admire. Take your camera.

The group's usual supply of healthy potted plants will also be available.

Happy gardening till we meet again for another fun time!

H.I. Jean Shields is Past President of the Garden Club of Cape Coral.



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