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‘Sage’ advice from area master gardeners Experts help public with landscaping, plant questions By Jessica Tuggle jtuggle@hometownnewsol.com

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — They may not wear capes or spandex, but

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more than 70 hours of training with the University of Florida to learn about region-specific horticulture. Their job is to help members of the public who have questions about their lawns and plants, including questions about fertilization and irrigation. Violet Krochmalny has been a master gardener since 2004 and enjoys teaching people how to work with Florida’s climate and environment. “There’s no such thing as soil in Florida, except maybe in pockets,” Ms. Krochmalny said. “We are a giant sandbar, basically. Florida gardening is picking the right plant for the right place,” she said. One of the most common questions for this time of year deals with pruning and fertilizing, Ms. Krochmalny said. “People are really tired of looking at dead stuff. They’re so anxious and the answer is yes with huge caution. The general recommendation is not to prune until the end of March, but

right now, the trees, shrubs and the birds all think it’s spring,” she said laughing. Christine Kelly-Begazo, agricultural agent for the University of Florida Extension, oversees the master gardeners’ program in the absence of an urban environmental horticultural agent. She said the help of the master gardeners in answering questions from the public is invaluable to her. “They’re able to talk about specifically our area, and help the public create aesthetically pleasing and environmentally friendly landscape that is appropriate for our area,” Ms. Kelly-Begazo. “I wouldn’t be able to do my job without the master gardeners, no agent could,” she said. Tom Orr, a master gardener since 2000, said there are various places the master gardeners are available to answer questions throughout the See SAGE, 3

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week: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the extension office; Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon at the North Indian River County Library in Sebastian; Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon at McKee Botanical Garden in Vero Beach and the second and fourth Saturdays of the month from 10 a.m. to noon at the Environmental Learning Center in Wabasso. “I may not know all the answers, but I pride myself in knowing where to look for the answers,” Mr. Orr said. The Indian River County Cooperative Extension service office is located at 1028 20th Place, Suite D, Vero Beach. For more information about the master gardener program, visit http://indian.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/M asterGardenerSite/index.html.

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Master gardener John Beuckers, right, explains how drip irrigation works to Fellsmere City Council members in the Gifford community garden in 2009. The council was researching ways to lease city-owned property to those who want to build small gardens of their own.

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Innovative Vero Beach interior designer wins trip to New York By Jessica Tuggle jtuggle@hometownnewsol.com

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — Mastering the order of creativity and channeling it in new ways earned a Vero Beach interior designer a trip to New York City for more training and a fashion show. Patricia Davis Brown of Vero Beach was chosen as one of 20 designers invited to an all-expense-paid trip to New York for the Brizo and Jason Wu fashion events. The two companies, one a luxury brand of kitchen and bath faucets and the other a designer fashion label, joined together in an effort to demonstrate that the art of design is universal, though it can be expressed in many ways, Ms. Davis Brown said. “Design is design, whether in a

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Plant lovers Hunter Brown of Vero Beach plants parsley at the University of Florida master gardeners extension garden at the Gifford Youth Activities Center in 2009.

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An estimated 200 or so water lily enthusiasts and photographers gathered together in Vero Beach last June for the McKee Botanical Garden fifth annual water lily celebration. The annual event highlights the wide variety of lilies the garden maintains year round. Local photographer Laile Fairbairn of Vero Beach takes a shot of one of the many tropical water lilies on display.

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How to control termites O ne of the most often overlooked procedures for a homeowner is inspecting for termites. With spring and summer season upon us, you may see these pesky bugs swarming out of dead logs or stumps. Although it is always recommended you have a professional check for these damaging pests, there are a few things you can do yourself in between professional visits. There are essentially two major categories of termites: subterranean and dry wood termites. There are a few things you can do yourself for subterranean termites, but dry wood termites almost always will call for a professional evaluation. Subterranean termites cannot live very long when exposed to air. For protection, they build mud tunnels to shield themselves from air. These tunnels can be a sure sign of infestation, if you see them running along your concrete slab from the soil to the house structure itself. Oftentimes, these tunnels can be hidden, especially if you have cracks in the foundation of the house. Another factor you need to look for are loose wings lying around the house. This is often an indication of an infestation within your home. Another sure sign of an infestation are swarms of flying termites located within your home. Flying termites look similar to harmless flying ants with some distinct differences. Flying ants have bodies that are separated by segments. Winged termites have bodies that are shorter and non-segmented. In addition, flying ants have front wings that are longer than the back wings, while termites have both pairs of wings the same size. In addition to dry wood and subterranean varieties, there is also the Formosan termite. Similar to the subterranean, these insects invade your home from the ground up. The big difference is this variety is more aggressive. They have been known to travel through concrete to obtain food! If you suspect you have any of these infestations in your home, seek professional service help immediately. The sooner you act, the less chance you have of major damage.

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If you know your home is termite free, there are a few steps you can take to ward off a future infestation. If you go to your local garden center, you will find several products on the shelf that are rated for killing termites on contact. Usually, these products will give you two mixing methods. One is for general use, where you might only use an ounce or less per gallon. The other method is what is required for termites. You might have to use as much as 10 ounces for a gallon of water. You must follow all label directions carefully if you are going to do this yourself. Plastic gloves and goggles are a must. You can apply the solution with an all-purpose sprayer or a sprinkling can. I prefer the sprinkling can method. The areas you want to treat include the perimeter of your house, along with any wooden deck areas that you might have. Be sure to treat the individual footings of your deck structure. This method will only help if you have access to the soil around the house. If you have areas of concrete adjoining the home, the only solution is that of a professional so they can get the chemicals under the sidewalk or concrete slab. Please remember this is only preventive maintenance for in between professional examinations and these treatments will be short lived. For long-term prevention for up to five years, a professional application will be needed. In summary, an initial professional evaluation is always best. Often you can get termite checks for free. If you suspect an infestation, do not try to treat it yourself. Hire a professional. If you do decide to do any work yourself, be sure to follow all safety precautions, as these chemicals can be dangerous. Joe Zelenak has 28 years experience in gardening and landscape. Send emails to hometowngarden@gmail.com or visit his Web site www.hometowngarden.com.


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but Mr. Wheeley said he tries to provide what customers want. “I can find any item if you give me enough time,” he said. On consignment, items sell far below what customers pay at a regular retail store, he said. “I price the item to where I think the item is going to move,” he said. “The price is fair to the consumer.” If an item doesn’t sell by the time it’s scheduled for auction, someone interested in it can come to the auction and have it auctioned off, beginning at half price, Mr. Wheeley said. Auctions are held the first and third Saturdays of the month at 5 p.m. Asset Auctions is located at 2821 Peters Road in the Nexus Business Park. The telephone number is (772) 971-9231. It’s open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dogs and Cats Forever, for example, uses proceeds from its thrift store in Port St. Lucie to provide housing, food and medical care for dogs and cats at its shelter, located at 4600 Selvitz Road, Fort Pierce. Julie Paterson, the manager, said the thrift store doesn’t guarantee any particular item will be available on a specific day. But the stock typically includes lamps, furniture, appliances, carpets, bedding, curtains, televisions, flowers, plants, antiques and knick-knacks. “We just never know what we will have,” she said. “We are so blessed with the beautiful items donated to us,” she said. Typically, the prices are far below

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Searching for suceulents Sandy Leidy left, of Boca Raton, and Phillis Park of Vero Beach, look for succulents, milkweed and bougainvillea at GardenFest in Riverside Park in February.

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in your court to know what you want and have a contractor give you a price,” Ms. Davis Brown said. Lighting is also an incredibly important aspect to a room redesign, she said. Layered lighting is usually the best thing, with more focused lights on spaces such as islands and countertops, she added. Not all home makeovers need to be pricy, Ms. Davis Brown said. Paint is always a fast and usually less expensive way, to change the look of a home, Ms. Davis Brown said. “It can warm it up or tone it down.

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In a kitchen, you can change a backsplash, add tile, add some texture or color for a not as an expensive facelift,” she said. To help cope with the economic changes in the area, she decided to be innovative in a new business venture. Using some of the newest technology available on the Internet, Ms. Davis Brown uses Skype to talk to out-of-town clients and help them design their spaces. She believes this feature and other efforts she made to raise her profile online, such as her blog, were the reasons she was chosen for the trip to New York during fashion week. “Virtual design is a whole new concept I’m very excited about,” Ms. Davis Brown said.

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