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To create a friendly South Florida landscape design it takes equal parts of art and science. A South florida friendly yard provides a functional, beautiful, and ecologically sound landscape that enhances a home or building as well as the neighborhood. When you place plants in your landscape you do not want to waste time, energy, or [...]

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Summertime presents some of the toughest  lawn care issues in South Florida. Typically, the  high heat, and the lack of water. These problems are made worse by the watering restrictions imposed in most areas. The first thing you need to do is learn the local laws from the City, State and county when it comes to [...]

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Summer is the beginning of Drywood termite swarming season. Swarming generally occurs at nighttime as opposed to Subterranean termite swarms that generally occur in the daytime. Drywood termites have no ground contact. They live their entire life inside wood. Swarmers are generally brownish in color. Subterranean termites swarm in spring but do continue into the [...]

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There are many reasons that plants die and some of the reasons are not related to disease. A lot of environmental stressors cause disorders that look like, but are not diseases. An example of an environmental stressor is drought. Drought stress can kill a plant.  When a pathogen infects a plant and disrupts growth that [...]

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There is a right way and a wrong way to mow your lawn. The first thing you need to understand about mowing is how your lawn grows. Grass growth occurs from two points: The first point is at the crown, which lies just above the soil surface. The second point is from the base of [...]

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With concerns about ground water pollution, Florida and other states are implementing restrictions against the use of phosphorous in fertilizers and restricting the amount of nitrogen in a fertilizer.  What can you do to protect the ground water but still keep your lawn healthy and green? Organic lawn care can help reduce fertilizer runoff and protect [...]

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Early spring is the time when South Florida homeowners begin noticing weed growth and brown spots on their lawns. What can you do? One of the best things you can do is simply be patient. Many of the problems you see in the early spring will disappear with basic lawn care maintenance-fertilizing, mowing and watering. [...]

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With spring here it is time to start fertilizing your lawn (if you haven’t already started) to ensure a lush, green lawn that is well hydrated for summer. Early spring is the best time to fertilize your yard. If you wait until late spring to fertilize, the fertilizer just ends up feeding grass weeds or [...]

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The chinch bug or “blissus insularis”  attacks St. Augustinegrass (warm season turf grass) lawns year round in Southern Florida.  Down in the thatch each grass plant leaf contains plant fluids.  The chinch bug feeds on these fluids. When the bugs feeds it kills the grass plant and makes the grass plant vulnerable to weed invasion. The chinch bug is easily confused with several other insects commonly found [...]

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If you live in South Florida begin fertilizing your lawn in February. Do not use a weed and feed preparation. Choose a fertilizer without phosphorous or very little phosphorous unless you do a soil test and it indicates your lawn needs additional phosphorous. Use a controlled -release nitrogen fertilizer for longer lasting results and remember [...]

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