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Things to do in October

As a previous northerner, it always makes me chuckle when talking about the cooler fall temperatures in Florida. (Really? 75 is now cool for me?) BUT you couldn’t ask for better weather to get outside and spruce up your yard before the holidays.

Now is a great time to plant some cool weather annuals like Snapdragons, Petunias, Coleus, and Dusty Miller. Purchase a pumpkin or two to add some Autumn vibes!

Adding mulch to your yard will create a fresh and clean look just in time for the holidays! It will also minimize weeds, help with water retention, and protect your root systems.

Begin thinking about any transplants you may want to make. Things like Crape Myrtles or Drake Elms will begin dropping their leaves and going dormant. This will be the best time to transplant items to a different spot in your yard.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are your installation prices?

Installation prices go down per tree based on quantity.

Field grown trees: $125 (subject to change depending on tree size)

30 gallon: $75

15 gallon: $50

How much area does your bulk materials cover?

Approximately 100 square feet at a 2″ depth

How many bags of mulch make up a yard?

14 bags

How many bags of topsoil to make up a ton?

36 bags

 

Tips on Fertilizing Your Yard

  • Use the right fertilizer. Many plants (especially palms) benefit from having the correct blend of nutrients & micro-nutrients. A blend high in nitrogen might cause your plant to have beautiful green bushy growth, but may not help with blooms and fruiting if that is what you are looking to encourage.
    • Quick tip! How the numbers effect plants here.
  • Know when to apply. We recommend fertilizing three times a year, March June and September.
  • Use the correct amount. *When it comes to fertilizer, more is not better.* You can overload the plant and cause it to go into shock which will negatively effect it’s look and growth.
  • Respect wildlife. No fertilizer should be applied within 10 ft of a wetland, water body, or sea wall. The chemicals can have negative effects to the critters nearby.
  • Try composting. Some of the best fertilizer you can use comes from your own household! Add things like banana peels, coffee grounds, potato skins, and more to a dirt pile in the backyard to start a compost pile.
  • Slow release or water soluble? Slow release fertilizers benefit your plant for a longer period of time. Water soluble or fast acting fertilizers may give your plants a quick burst of energy, but need to be applied more frequently.

Have more questions on fertilization? Ask your local sales associate!

 

Storm Season

1. Choose the right plants.

We always promote using the right plant for the right place. Using Florida friendly plants is always important, but even more so when it comes to storm season. See a list of trees here that are deemed appopropriate and somewhat hurricane resistant by the University of Florida.

2. Inspect your trees and shrubs.

Cut off any dead limbs or branches. If you have dead trees, get these removed before storm season so they do not fall. Do not remove healthy material from the trees & shrubs and keep wounds to a minimum.

3. Clear drainage areas.

Remove debris from storm drains. If it is blocked and water cannot flow through, worse flooding may occur.

4. Decor.

Remove decorative materials, pots, and hanging baskets.

5. Irrigation.

Make sure irrigation is turned off during hurricane waters.

6. Tie down.

Secure any lawn furniture or other items outside that may get blown during high winds.

7. Stay informed, stay safe.

Make sure you are listening to reliable information, have a plan to evacuate if mandatory, and keep you and your family safe.

 

 

July Landscape To-Dos

Source: University of Florida IFAS Extention

What to do in July

Lawns: Determine the cause of any lawn problems before taking action. If an insect is the culprit, treat only the affected area. Rule out disease or sprinkler malfunction. See Your Florida Lawn: http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/yourfloridalawn/

Fertilizer Bans: Certain municipalities in north Florida prohibit the application of fertilizer to lawns and/or landscape plants during the summer rainy season (June–September). See if such an ordinance exists in your area.

Vegetable garden: Use summer heat to solarize garden soil for fall planting. It takes 4–6 weeks to kill weeds, disease, and nematodes, so start now. See Soil Solarization: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_soil_solarization

Azaleas: Flower beds have formed. Prune no later than mid-July to protect next spring’s bloom. See Azalea: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_azalea

Irrigation: Install an inexpensive rain shutoff device to conserve water and save money. If one is already installed, check that it is operating properly. See Landscape Irrigation: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_landscape_irrigation

Trees: Prepare for hurricane season by checking trees for damaged or weak branches and pruning if needed. Hire an ISA-certified arborist. See International Society of Arboriculture: http://isa-arbor.com/ and Pruning Landscape Trees and Shrubs: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_tree_pruning

Pests on ornamental plants: Inspect for caterpillars on trees and shrubs. Large trees can normally withstand caterpillar feeding, but specimen shrubs may need treatment if damage is extensive. See Landscape Pest Management: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_landscape_pests

Peach and nectarine trees: Consider planting one of the many new peach and nectarine cultivars that grow well in North Florida. Newly planted trees should be fertilized now. Apply 1/2 lb. per tree of 8-8-8 fertilizer. See Temperate Fruit for the Home Landscape: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_home_temperate_fruit

Indoor Gardening

Love gardening but hate the heat? Take a break from your landscape and take the time to focus on adding complimentary pieces to your home. Nothing makes a home like some nice greenery!

Plant choices will depend on the type of light you have in your rooms and how much maintenance you are willing to give.

Pictured on the left are Mona Lavender plants, which do great in a bright window, or outside in the shade. They require regular watering, and do best with fertilization three times a year. These plants have dark green foliage with a purple underside, and lavender colored blossoms through the spring and summer. Note how the contrast of burnt orange pots really makes the purple pop! Finding the right pot for your home is just as much fun as finding the right plant to go in it!

Pothos make a great addition as a hanging  plant. These low maintenance plants enjoy a wide range of environments. They can be grown in low light or direct light, can be planted in soil or in a vase with water.

These plants are easily rooted by cuttings. If your pothos plant is variegated especially with white or cream colored variegations as pictured on the right, they will do better in a brightly lit space because the green areas are what create energy for the plant. If it is not getting enough light, the plant will most likely revert back to a fully green leaf.

Sanseveria which has few different names like ‘Snake Plant’ or ‘Mother-in-Law’s Tongue” is a very low maintenance plant with numerous different varieties. Place it in bright or low light, and no need to water frequently.

 

A very popular choice, but one that may require a little more maintenance is the fiddle leaf fig.  These large-leaved specimens love a sunny window and regular watering. They bring interest and height to any home.

Ferns add texture to rooms with bright light. They typically like to stay moist so may require watering every week.

Succulents are great for a small space as they don’t take up much room as a table centerpiece or in a small pot on a windowsill.

 

Tree Sale

10% Off Trees & Shrubs (15 gallon or larger)

When you purchase installation. Now through July 31st.

Now is the time to plant that palm tree you always wanted, add a shade tree, or put some privacy along your property line. Most materials come with a one year warranty if in-ground irrigation is present.

Add curb appeal or value to your home with some of our popular palm trees. (from left to right: Queen Palm, Sylvester Date Palm, Roebelinii Palm)

Add screening to give you privacy or a green wall.

Podocarpus 7 gal.

Podocarpus

Viburnum Odoratissimum 3 gal.

Viburnum Odoratissimum

Crape Myrtle

Cassia