Every time a flare up of croton scale happens, I envy the old timer croton growers that they did not have to deal with this pestilence. Then it must be asked, did they have it better? Here are a few points that may negate that assumption. 1. We have access to better quality fertilizers, especially time released. 2. Mulch, municipalities did not grind up their trees, they just piled them up at the dump. While employed at a nursery in the late 1970's, we never stocked any mulch. If there was a demand, we would have sold it. 3. Plant availability, so many varieties and species of plants that our fore fathers could of only dreamed of. 4. Potting soil. Most old timers made their own, but it usually was just black everglades muck and sand. We have ready access to quality store bought potting soils. Or if we choose to make our own, ready access to components that aid in aeriation, water retention anf pH control. 5. Container fertilizers, not available in the old days. They had to use very limited amounts of "hot: fertilizers and manures. Their plants did not experience the robust growth that ours do. 6. K-Mag. Florida soils have poor quantities of Magnesium and virtually no Potassium. Their plants survived while ours thrive due to our mineral supplementation. 7. University of Florida Agricultural Dept. - We have benefited much from their research and publications regarding horticultural remedies for plant survival in Florida. The old timers had to experiment and share their experiences by word of mouth. 8. The internet, i.e. plant forums. The information available, although sometimes incorrect, to the home gardener at the touch of a button is amazing. Its no longer necessary to become members of plant Societies and attend their meetings to gleam information. No longer needed to acquire an extensive collection of expensive books on plant cultivation. 9. Garden maintenance. With the array of equipment and chmicals available today, many man hours are saved. Where an individual today may be able to keep their garden looking top notch, the old timers needed help to achieve the same results. Do we have it better?