15 Sep

How Much Water Does Your Florida Lawn Need During Winter?

In Florida, we are lucky enough to have warm weather year-round, which means that our lawns and gardens can be green and lush all year with proper care. But, sometimes it’s difficult to know how exactly to care for our outdoor spaces as the weather cools down.

In the summer, the combination of heat and humidity causes grass to grow feverishly. So, it’s no surprise that your lawn requires more water during these times of high growth.

However, that doesn’t mean you should neglect your lawn’s water needs in the cooler winter months.

The exact amount of water your lawn needs depends on what type of grass you have, but a good rule of thumb is an even ¾” coverage over the entire lawn once per week during the cooler fall and winter months. This increases to twice per week during spring and summer. Read More

15 Jun

Best Time of the Day to Water Plants

Water Plants floridaKeeping 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 Feb

Low Maintenance 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! 

Improve both at once with low maintenance landscaping tricks. 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 Sep

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.

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

August and early September are a great time to tackle some specific 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.

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 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.

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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15 May

How Often Should You Trim Your Shrubs?

Do you have some tropical shrubs in your yard? If so, you’ll want to make sure that you take care of them properly so that they can flourish and improve the look of your property. Part of maintaining your tropical shrubs is trimming them on occasion. This not only improves how they look, it also allows them to grow healthier by absorbing more sunlight and water. Learn below how often to trim your shrubs and the best way to do it.

Trimming or Pruning?

There is a big difference between trimming shrubs and pruning them. When you trim shrubs back, you are primarily doing so for the aesthetically pleasing effect, keeping them in a shape that you desire. This can be done almost any time of year, as long as you aren’t overzealous.

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15 Apr

Using Your Stimulus to Refresh Your Landscaping

Wondering what to do with your CARES stimulus check? If you are still working full time or collecting the extra $600 a week in unemployment, your bills are probably already paid. That leaves many possibilities for your stimulus. One of the things you can do is refresh or improve your landscaping.

Landscape Design

If you are tired of your backyard, you might want to think about hiring a professional for landscape design. They will be able to help you plan your yard, including features such as water features, garden plots, and trees and shrubs. Landscape design is usually charged by the hour, or it may be a set price for design and installation.

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15 Feb

Think of Your Landscape as an Ecosystem—Because It Is

When most people think of their landscape, they are considering what trees, shrubs, and plants are going to look the best and are suited to their tastes, but there are a lot of other more important things to consider when choosing landscaping features. 

In planning the landscape, it can be easy to lose sight of the fact that you are actually manipulating nature. Mother Earth has her own designs for the area you live in, and your landscape and the landscape of the entire city is part of a delicate ecosystem. Of course, most people manipulate that ecosystem to have the lawn or landscape that they want, but it is still important to consider.

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