The Southwest Florida Water Management District has declared a Phase One Water Shortage. For the homeowner, this is more or less a warning phase, to prepare you for tighter restrictions if the dry weather continues. But one look around at the brown, crunchy lawns can tell us that we need to start thinking seriously about water conservation.
April is, in my opinion, the best month to fish inshore in the flats and back country. Spring tides are flushing bait from the banks and making navigation easier. The strong winds of March are calming down and the temperature is comfortable.
The main target species are redfish, trout, and snook although many others may be caught like flounder, sheepshead, mangrove snapper, and Spanish macs.
If you’ve taken a walk outdoors recently, you may have noticed a small army invading many of the plants in your landscape. They even seem to drop down from trees, ambushing those below. They carry what appears to be three white marshmallows on their backs.
On March 16, the Tourism Bureau for Florida’s Adventure Coast held a ribbon cutting for the Bayport-Linda Pedersen Paddling Trail. Local dignitaries, along with tourism officials and the media attended the event.
Garden club member and wood carving artist, Brian Feil, has been hard at work in the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens creating a Wood Spirit carving on a dead oak tree. Brian worked 2 days per week for 4 weeks to complete the Wood Spirit in January 2017.
Conquering the Territory
Jim King, Conservation Lands Specialist for the Hernando County Planning Dept. gathered 10 volunteers to plant 500 longleaf pine seedlings at Cypress Lakes Preserve in Ridge Manor on Saturday, February 4.
It is feeling a bit like springtime. We’ve had a fairly warm winter, and some of our spring plants are going to start blooming early. That puts us all in a mood to freshen up our yards, and start pruning for the coming season. Here are some pruning tips to remember before you pick up those pruning shears: