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How to Prepare Your Palms and Landscaping for Hurricane Season

High winds from a hurricane not only can bring disaster to your home, but to your yard as well! The best way you can have a chance of keeping too much damage from happening, is to take precautions well before hurricane season to prepare your palms and landscaping.

Prepare Your Palm Trees

Palm trees love tropical weather, which makes Florida the perfect home for them! This particular tree requires preparation and maintenance all year to protect it during hurricane season.

To increase the strength of your palm trees, they must be fertilized at least two to three times a year, approximately every 4-6 months, to ensure proper nutrition. Additionally, palm tree owners should remove brown/dying fronds. Fronds are the source of health and nutrition for a palm tree and they need to be in top-notch shape before a storm hits. Pruning your palm tree too much can actually be detrimental to the overall health of your palm. However, you should remove coconuts prior to a hurricane, as they can become dangerous projectiles.

If you are looking for palm trees that are particularly adapted to hurricane conditions, choose a species such as Sabel Minor or Serenoa for your lawn. Work with a ...

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Protect Your Landscaping from the Summer Heat in Florida with These Four Hot Tips!

Southern states like Florida, Georgia, and Louisiana have to prepare for heat all year long. However, summers in the southern states are extremely hot, with temperatures that reach well over 80°F daily for several months in a row. During the summer, the heat beats down on your lawn and landscaping causing heat stress and sunburn on your plant life.

Help your plants beat the heat this summer and keep your property flourishing with these six expert tips.

Tip #1: Build your landscape for shade.

When designing landscapes in Florida, consider elements that can add shade, in order to help roots stay cool and plants to stay healthy. Mulching is a huge part of making sure your soil and roots stay cool. Choose natural mulch or compost mulch, which are the best choices for insulation.

Install plants that offer shade and protection while complementing your focal plants. Broadleaf plants such as Hostas, or ground covers like Juniper and Sedum, offer protective shade for soil in your landscaping beds.

Tip #2: Adjust your fertilizer and herbicides to accommodate the heat.

When it comes to landscapes and lawns, it actually is possible to have "too much of a good...

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Benefits of a Paver Patio & What to Consider When Planning for Your New Patio

Enhance your yard this year by having our team design and install your very own paver patio! When it comes to choosing materials to construct your patio, the benefits of pavers outweigh many other options in the landscaping industry on a number of levels including durability, affordability, and aesthetics.

Pavers are durable, affordable, and easy to maintain.

Pavers, flagstone, and concrete are all common options when people are looking to add on to their landscaping. Creating a viable outdoor space for gatherings is, of course, the end goal, but choosing something that will last is equally important.

Interlocking pavers are durable. Concrete slabs are prone to cracking and breaking, which then require patches to fix. This sort of repair work can create and an eyesore to your overall landscaping appearance. Pavers are sturdy, stable, and allow for expansion and contraction, which is important due to the high moisture levels of Central Florida. Pavers are easy to maintain, making them a prime choice above concrete slabs.

Additionally, your investment in using pavers is ultimately just that... an investment. You will be putting your money into an affordable, patio...

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5 Tips to Prepare Your Landscaping During the Spring

As each season changes, we have to adapt the way we care for our lawns and landscaping. Spring weather in Florida is sunny and the start of the rainy season. At this time, it is encouraged to begin working on your lawn and landscape before the weather gets hotter.

Here are five tips that you can utilize to prepare your landscape during the spring season.

1. Check your irrigation system

Spring is when the weather is starting to get hot, which is a concern for your landscaping. Be sure to run your irrigation system, and check for any broken sprinkler heads or pipes. This is apparent by observing either a geyser effect for a broken sprinkler head, or flooding in the case of a broken pipe.

In addition, it would be a good idea to take a look at the timing mechanism (clock) of your irrigation system to make sure that it is set for the proper times to run and durations to run for.

2. Mulch your landscape

Old mulch can create a mat on your landscaping beds that encourage breeding for disease and insects. In fact, old mulch also creates a layer that blocks nutrients from getting to your plants. Remove the old mulch and add new mulch during the spring to help your plants...

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Create an Outdoor Fire Pit or Fireplace for Florida's Cooler Winter Nights

Floridians are used to warmer temperatures throughout most of the months of the year. When a cold front sweeps in and temperatures start to drop in the winter months, nighttime in Florida can be quite chilly. Alleviate the bite from the winter cold by installing your very own fire pit or fireplace outside.

Choosing between an outdoor fire pit or fireplace for cooler nights in Florida.

Give your family and friends somewhere warm and comforting to go with your own fireside oasis in your backyard! Depending on your type of entertaining, there are benefits of both fire pits and fireplaces, and there is one that is right for your home.

Outdoor Fire Pits

Fire pits tend to embody a socialization space. Typically seen as mimicking a campfire, fire pits create ample seating room, are low profile, and the perfect choice for a small backyard. Fire pits are most commonly seen as circular but can be found in more modern shapes such as square, rectangle, or oval.

Fire pits ultimately are more cost-effective and leave you to enjoy the Florida weather year round. Fire pits can have a wide range of prices depending on your preferences.

If you are looking to entertain throughout...

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