Great lawn and landscaping information for Central Florida.
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.
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.
When it comes to landscapes and lawns, it actually is possible to have "too much of a good...
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.
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.
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...
Few flowers festoon the space they occupy with as much beauty as the Bougainvillea. It's radiant colors are a hallmark of the captivating flora found throughout the Palmetto, FL area. However, at times this flamboyant cornerstone of Floridian gardens may demonstrate a resistance to bearing the blooms upon which its reputation was founded. Our team of experts at Three Seasons have some helpful solutions for ensuring the health of your Bougainvillea.
Sunlight is the ransom necessary for your Bougainvillea to release the bloom it holds captive. Five hours or more of direct sunlight daily are required for your plants to obtain the necessary nutrients for it to show off its dazzling palette of colors. If you want yours blooming to its full potential, it is essential to ensure that it receives the requisite amount of daily sun exposure.
Bougainvilleas thrive in arid climates, and routine watering by systematized irrigation devices can prevent your Bougainvillea from bursting forth with floral flamboyance. Experienced growers often water-stress the plants into blooming, depriving them of hydration for protracted periods of time, and...
October is the start of our dry season in Palmetto, FL. Finally, after the hot rainy summer we've had this year; cooler dryer weather is just around the corner. Here in Central Florida, we usually plan for a six-month dry season starting at the end of October into the first of November. There are many great flowers and plants that thrive during the winter months. This is also the best time for growing produce and herbs.
Local growers have already begun plowing and planting their crops. October is the perfect time for our local strawberry growers to plant their fields. We all enjoy those fresh juicy berries grown right here in Central Florida. For our clients that enjoy gardening at their home, this is a great time to plant cool season vegetables such as broccoli, lettuce, carrots, cauliflower, collards, tomatoes and cabbage.
Fall is the perfect time for us to plant flowers and we fill our customer's landscaping beds with them. The most popular fall annual flowers we plant in the Palmetto/Bradenton area include:
Maintaining your lawn and landscaping in Palmetto, FL and surrounding areas is a year round task. September is the start of fall, and here in Florida, we want our landscaping and lawns to look great all year.
During September, you should prune your trees and all major plants in your landscaping beds. If you want beautiful blooms for the holidays from your Poinsettias, a good rule of thumb is to never prune after September 10th.
This is also the time to look for problems in your plants. Check all ornamentals for any insects, fungus and any other diseases. Palm trees should be treated with copper fungicide to help control bud rot and leaf spots throughout the fall. September is also still a great time for us to plant new palm trees.
Tropical / Citrus trees should be very lightly pruned, only if they need it and checked often for whiteflies, scales and aphids. We recommend all our customers watch out for any pest on their citrus trees. For example, the citrus Bud Mite typically attacks lemon trees....
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