Season Garden Tips – March

First, a note from the TGHOA.   Our by-laws prohibit any fruit trees on any homeowner property or common ground.  Fruit trees attract pest and rats and are not good for the community

  • Check sprinkler systems for efficient use of water.
  • Plant summer bulbs, tubers, etc. to ensure great summer color. They’re excellent choices for small areas where your grass won’t grow. Best choices include lilies (blood, crinum, day, rain, spider), caladiums, cannas, elephant ears, amaryllis and society garlic.
  • Your yard will grow rapidly this month! Take advantage of the natural growth and fertilize well. Be certain ample iron is part of your mix to keep the area looking green and lush.
  • Start replacing cool weather annuals with spring and summer varieties and now’s a great time for tomatoes, cantaloupes, watermelon, corn and even pumpkins!
  • Finish up remaining citrus on your trees and remove any uneaten fruits as they continue to draw nutrients that are needed for next year’s fruits.
  • It’s tropical season, but cold spells can happen. Be prepared.
  • As the weather starts to change, it’s tempting to start pruning! It’s fine for evergreen shrubs and summer bloomers, but spring blooming plants already are preparing their blooms many times where you can’t see them. For these items, wait for now!
  • Get perennials in the ground to establish them.
  • Remember TGHOA does not allow the planting of fruit trees


Courtesy Florida Gardening

Lake Report – Jan 2017

Thurston Groves Lake was in excellent condition.
In the January 2017 Lake Report was in excellent condition. There was no observed unwanted vegetation other than the decomposing Prim rose out in the center.  The water level was extremely low during the inspection. This is common for this time of year. Most of the littoral shelf was out of the water. Thus did not seem to be stressing the beneficial Arrow head, Pickerel weed, or Gulf Spikerush.


Board Elections 2017

Janis Howard Pres

The TGHOA Annual meeting on December 7th, 2016 elected the following new members to replace outgoing directors: Susan Garrity (Golden Eagle); Joe Dasharoon (Citation Court) and Bob Jahnke (Golden Eagle Dr). The outgoing directors are Bob Lima (Pres), Larry Tieman (VP) and B Robert Siegel (Tres).

The primary purpose of the Annual Meeting was first, elect a new board and, second, rollover excess funds to reserves.  Other business discussed included minor landscape issues with the vendors, safety of the community and general public issues.

Bob Jahnke VP

Alan House

Susan Garrity

Joe Disharoon





A Very Successful Garage Sale!

Thanks to all the homeowners participating in our “first ever” Neighborhood Garage Sale.  There were hundreds of shoppers that came out, causing some minor traffic problems along 102nd.  We have already had some suggestions from the local sheriff on how to avoid this in the future.

Your Lake Report

Each month, your board receives a report of the condition of the Thurston Groves Lake (Waterway).  From time to time we will post these reports on website.  The City of Seminole also monitors our pond for mosquitoes and sprays when necessary.

5 Ways to Take Care Of Our Lake

One-Duck-TGOne of the many amenities that make Thurston Groves a beautiful community is our retention pond, affectionately called Thurston Lake.  By maintaining its care, we keep it from looking like a retention pond and more like a lake with its natural habitants of koi fish, cormorants, egrets, Ibis, moorhens, ducks, turtles, armadillos, possums and yes, even an occasional visiting otter.  Other fish include Mosquito fish (Cambusia), Bream, Bass and Catfish.