Showing posts from February, 2007

Volunteers needed!

A reminder: The Park Clean-up is set for March 17-18, and the Spring Picnic for April 15.

As of yet, Dawn is still looking for volunteers for both.

"I haven't had any response at all," says Dawn.

Let Dawn know if you can help. Email her ASAP at

Shear pleasures of Florida gardening

After the cold snap of February, the balmy days are driving the gardeners crazy with planters’ fever – just check out any local nursery if you have any doubts. But is it too soon to be planting and pruning? When is it safe?Early March can be too soon to prune, says Tisha, a Florida Master Gardener who lives in Lake Sarasota. A plant that’s been cut back too early might suffer injury if another cold spell hits.“It is not a good idea to prune the dead or dying leaves/branches from the cold until you see green growth in the spring,” Tisha said. “Be careful when pruning flowering shrubs such as azaleas,” she added – “wait until they finish flowering.”Other fall flowering shrubs that are pruned to promote new include hibiscus, thryallis and plumbago.Mid-March is probably when this area of Florida is safely out of danger from cold. It’s also a good time to plant annuals like Ageratum, Gazania, Geraniums and Nicotiana. The nurseries have these and many more, says Tisha.GazaniaFertilize your …

Park clean-up, Picnic highlights of General Meeting

Tuesday's general meeting was well attended. Several upcoming events will need volunteers, so check below and let Dawn know if you can help. Here's the wrap-up:

1. Sgt. J. Giasone of the Sheriff's Office talked about traffic and neighborhood issues and said he checks his email every day:

2. Susan selected three new Yard of the Month winners -- the signs will go up tomorrow, she said. She welcomes nominations.

3. The Lake Sarasota Community Group netted $106 from its hot dog sale at the January Community Yard Sale. That brings the total in the treasury to $435.80, said Dawn.

Since the group has no dues, various methods of fundraising are being considered, including a once-a-year letter inviting donations. Contributions of any amount are always welcome and can be mailed to:
Lake Sarasota
PO Box 21983
Sarasota, FL 34276

4. Volunteers will be needed for a clean-up of Lakeview Park. There will be two shifts: Saturday, March 17th, from 8 a.m. to noonSunday, March 18th…

Park will be focus of Meeting Next Tuesday

Planning for a community gathering in Lakeview Park is on the agenda for Lake Sarasota Community Group's next General Meeting -- on Tuesday, Feb. 13th at Sarasota Baptist Church at Proctor and Hand, at 6:30 p.m.