15 Jul

2021 Landscaping Design Trends

Landscaping Design Trends

Landscaping Design Trends

The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic changed everything about how we interact in our outdoor spaces. Back yards became havens where friends and family congregate with great food, even better conversation, and lots of love. Flower beds turned into makeshift veggie gardens. People began appreciating the benefits of native plants. This return to simplicity has continued in landscaping design in 2021, showing how our values and preferences have been drastically altered by spending more time at home. We expect to see the following landscaping design trends prevail in 2021 and beyond: Read More

15 Jun

Best Time of the Day to Water Plants

Water Plants florida

Best Time of the Day to Water Plants

Keeping your plants well-watered and lush all year long isn’t too hard here in the Sunshine state. While many cities and counties have watering restrictions that all residents must follow, these don’t usually prohibit you so much that you can’t keep your plants sufficiently watered. Most rules also only apply to automatic sprinkler systems. Check your locality’s rules on watering for your approved watering days and times.

Early morning is the best time of day to water plants here in Florida. During the early morning hours, the plants and grass are already naturally wet with dew. Extra watering during the dew period won’t leave the plants wet later in the morning, which encourages disease growth. Watering late in the evening can also have this effect. The sun is usually not as fierce in the early morning, reducing the possibility of burning wet leaves as well. Read More

15 Apr

What is Mulch and Should I Use it?

What is Mulch

What is Mulch

What is Mulch. Generally speaking, mulch is any kind of covering placed either around or in lieu of plants with the purpose of:

  • preventing weeds
  • retaining soil moisture
  • regulating soil temperature
  • controlling erosion
  • amending the soil (for some organic mulches only)
  • Preventing the soil-based disease from infecting plants
  • drawing in beneficial organisms
  • keeping fruits and veggies grown for an appearance off the ground, thus preventing blemishes

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15 Feb

Low Maintenance Landscape Ideas

Landscape Ideas

Your yard is an extension of your home. The appearance of your property doesn’t just influence its curb appeal; it also impacts how much you can enjoy the exterior space of your home! 

Landscape Ideas

Improve both at once with low maintenance landscaping ideas. You don’t need to commit to a lifetime of ongoing maintenance in order to enhance the appearance of your yard. Thanks to the following simple ideas, you can transform the aesthetic appeal and function of your yard with ease. 

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15 Oct

The Fall Landscaping Maintenance Your Tropical Plants Need

The Fall Landscaping Maintenance Your Tropical Plants Need

Even though it is approaching late fall, tropical plants will survive the cooler Florida temperatures. Even in its coldest months Florida’s weather rarely becomes a problem for well-established tropical plants. While you don’t want to plant tropical trees and shrubs during this time of year, it is a good time to do some basic maintenance to prepare for a new thriving season.

Fall Landscaping

Pruning only as absolutely necessary

You should not be pruning your tropical trees or shrubs in the fall and winter months. The best time to prune is late winter to early spring in preparation for the growing season. Pruning too early in the season can easily kill a tree of any kind, and tropical trees are no different. Of course, if a part of the tree becomes diseased or faces other hazard pruning may become necessary. If required, it should be done by a professional.

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15 Sep

Autumn Is Here! What to Expect From Your Tropical Plants

Autumn Is Here! What to Expect From Your Tropical Plants

Florida is unique in the U.S. for having a very tropical climate, even though it does see some turning of the seasons. Because Florida is so warm and moist for most of the year, tropical plants are very common and entirely appropriate for Florida lawns. But there are some things you should expect from your tropical plants as temperatures cool, and you may need to take some precautions.

Tropical Plants

Do not prune in the fall or winter.

Even though Florida is still fairly warm, you don’t want to prune your tropical trees or shrubs during this time. Pretty much any tree or bush is going to need some pruning in late winter or early spring to prepare for new growth, but too much trimming or pruning when growth is slow could kill the plant.

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15 Aug

Landscaping Tasks to Tackle Before Fall

Landscaping Tasks to Tackle Before Fall

August and early September are a great time to tackle some specific landscaping tasks in your Florida landscape. Getting these tasks out of the way now lay the groundwork for successful gardening and lawn care throughout the rest of the year and into the spring.

Landscaping Tasks

Give your roses some tender loving care.

If you have some rose bushes, you’re going to want to give them extra special attention this month. Add fertilizer, especially if you have not done so yet this growing season. You should also prune away dead, diseased, or insect ridden parts of the plants so that they can be healthy. If you’re lucky you might get another bloom out of your rose bushes before they go dormant.

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15 Jul

Best Landscaping Uses for Tall Tropical Shrubs

Tall Tropical Shrubs

Shrubs can do a lot more than beautify your home. Tropical shrubs can come in all sizes, and the taller ones have a lot of uses. Here are just a few ideas for how you can use tropical shrubs in your landscaping.

Tall Tropical Shrubs

A natural privacy fence

Do you often wish you had more privacy? Shrubs that grow up to six feet tall are available for your landscaping. Place them along your property line to provide you and your family with additional security and privacy. 

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15 Jun

Best Landscaping Uses for Small Tropical Shrubs

When you are plotting the landscape for your new or renovated home, the choices for Florida-friendly tropical shrubs, trees, and other landscaping features can be overwhelming. While researching different types of shrubs, consider how you might put those shrubs to use. They don’t have to be just for decoration. Here are some ideas.

Small Tropical Shrubs

Gardening

Small tropical shrubs are a great addition to your garden, creating a natural border. If you have a raised garden for convenience, the shrubs can hide the stilts of the garden boxes.

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