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Your Florida Landscape

A Complete Guide to planting and maintenance

By: Robert J Black and Kathleen C. Ruppert

University Press of Florida

Your Florida Landscape book reviewCharlotte's Green Bookworm Your Florida Landscape book review:

This has been one of my all time favorite reference manuals for Florida Gardening for a long time now. As you can imagine I get asked allot of gardening questions, and somehow I have to learn to translate all the industry lingo and rather boring and probably unnecessarily scientific information in my head into well, just plain cohesive English for everyone to understand. ( Not always the easiest task, I can just mention the word terminal bud or apical meristem instead of saying the tip of the new growth on the plant stem and watch my customers eyes glaze over as their head keeps nodding as we discuss how to prune their new prized plant.)

 This book does bring all the science and explanations down to plain old English, and does it well. Needless to say my copy of Your Florida Landscape is a raggedy looking thing! I reread it frequently to keep those answers simple and readily available to my mind. :)

That's why I love this book so much, every time someone asks me " Where did you go to school " or "How in the world do you know all this stuff?" I tell them there's a great book called...you guessed it Your Florida Landscape that can help. Florida gets allot of what we lovingly refer to as "Transplants" (gotta love the plant reference) ...people in the industry and even homeowners that have moved down from colder climates, the plants are different, the seasons are different, the bugs are everywhere, and its always green! I refer them to this book, especially all the new lawn maintenance and landscapers I come across. Your Florida Landscape is really great with bringing the basics of planting and maintaining what you have in the Florida landscape down to a digestible level. And if your new to planting in Florida's challenging yet rewarding climate, this book has the answers you need!


                         My Amazon Book Review Rant

When I think of gardening in Florida I think of this book so its my first review I wanted to do.

I looked this book up on Amazon to make sure they are still selling it, and to pick up a copy for a new employee used to gardening up noth. Well they had the book, and of coarse I had to read the reviews, there were only a few reviews. One reviewer (I'm pretty sure she never read the thing, because it didn't sound like the same book to me, and I'm pretty familiar with it)didn't like it because it didn't have anything on insects management, so I pulled out my copy to make sure I wasn't crazy and checked...40 pages of insect management without counting all the photo pages in the back , another complained about it not being a picture book and I forgot the other one, it must not have been personally offensive. :) Wow I'm such a nerd, you'd think I helped write the thing!

It was just not right, I've never written a review on anything before that I remember but my feelings were hurt, this was just an example of blatant injustice!!! THIS IS MY FAVORITE FLORIDA GARDENING BOOK!!! Well Ok, so i probably have lots of favorites in lots of different categories of gardening , but this one is like the introduction to Florida Gardening favorite for across the board know everything you need to know right now garden book for Florida .

So anyway I thought I would include my little rant on Amazon in case you didn't notice that I love this book and think everyone should read it! In fact that's why I read it, I was in a local FNGLA ( Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association ) class many, many years ago and the teacher said that we all should get this book and read it! He loved this book and thought everyone should read it, so I did, and now so do I. So anyway...I'll shut up now here's my crazy Amazon Book review rant....



Being in the Florida Agricultural industry for over 15 years I have literally read every book on the shelf when it comes to the Florida landscape. This one is BY FAR THE BEST.

Gardening in Florida can be an overwhelming change to people coming down from up North. This book answers every concern I hear over and over in the garden center beautifully. I'm convinced that if you read this book you will understand more about how to deal with your garden and landscape better than half the guys out there mowing your lawn!

This book has everything from planting and establishing plants into the landscape to watering in different soils, transplanting plants in Florida's heat, fertilization needs, mulching options and uses, composting, how tree plantings and root systems differ in Florida to the rest of the nation, what to look for at a nursery when selecting plants and trees, how to prune, when to prune, how to deal with plants including palms and their nutritional deficiencies in Florida soils, cold protection, how to control Florida's weeds with our never ending growing season, the list just keeps going.

This is not a book of Florida plants but a book on planting in Florida. My favorite part is probably the extensive section in the back that deals with Florida's insect pests, if you've done much gardening in Florida you quickly realize that the drawback to a year round growing season is year round pests!!! It also goes into great detail on common plant problems that aren't pest related.

I do agree with some of the reviews in that I would have liked to see the photos of insects and plant problem examples on the pages where they were being discussed. But again, this is not a picture book of plants but a book on planting in Florida, why its different from what your used to and how to deal with it. This book is an absolute fountain of knowledge, a "MUST READ" for all of those new to the industry or homeowners needing help with their Florida landscape and getting 10 different conflicting answers at their local "big box" hardware store. :)