Bamboo in the Landscape

We have grown to appreciate non-running (Clumping) bamboo as an exceptionally useful and attractive plant choice, providing unique beauty and great privacy. Clumping bamboo grow vertically to reach their full height in just a few years. Bamboo is hardy and requires little maintenance once established. Some of our favorite cold tolerant and non-running varieties include […]

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Unwanted Garden Pests

Probably the most frequently asked questions from our customers are about insect activities in their gardens. There are many good online websites about pests and how to control them. This is a summary of several informative articles distributed by the University of FL, IFAS Extension. We will list various websites at the end of this

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Growing Fruit Trees in the Landscape

Our customers are often amazed to learn that we can successfully grow wonderful edible plants such as Apple, Avocado, Barbados Cherry, Blackberry, Carambola (starfruit), Grumichama (Brazilian plum), Grape, Guava, Longan, Lychee, Macadamia nut, Mango, Mulberry, Olive, Papaya, Passion fruit, Persimmon, Raspberry, Sapote, Strawberry tree, and many more. We have a beautiful and expansive Tropical Fruit

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Growing Roses in Florida

Roses have long been admired for their fragrance and beautiful flowers.  We can successfully grow roses in South Florida depending on the variety that is selected.  Even better, many of these roses will bloom year-round, making them a wonderful addition to any garden. The key to growing roses successfully is to select a rose variety

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Fertilizers and Nutrients

One of the most common questions asked by our customers is what kind of fertilizer to use, how to keep their plants healthy when they are away during the summer, and the benefits of using organic vs. inorganic fertilizers. This is a subject that has overwhelming amounts of information available, much of it contradictory SW

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How is your soil?

Southwest Florida soils are generally sandy. Sandy soil is ideal for plant success in south Florida. because of the amount of rain that we receive during the summer months. Most of our plants like “dry feet” and many will not prosper or will even die if drainage is poor. You generally do not need to

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Water Conservation

South Florida has experienced significant development in the last decade which has put pressure on our amount of available water in our aquafers that are used for irrigation and drinking. Approximately 50% of the water that is consumed is for irrigation. In addition, we have had lower rainfall amounts than normal over the last few

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Planting Zones

Planting zones, also called hardiness zones, divide the U.S., Mexico and Canada into 11 areas. Each of the gardening zones is based on a 10 degree Fahrenheit difference in the average annual MINIMUM temperature. Planting Zones 1 and 2a, are the coldest and represent Canada. The U.S. falls within zones 2 through 10. Hawaii and

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Before You Plant

These steps apply to all large plants: Choose a plant fits the site. Look up! Determine if the mature plant will interfere with power/phone lines or anything else overhead. Locate wiring, pipes or utilities before digging by calling Sunshine State One Call at telephone number #811. Handle plants carefully by grasping the container, NOT the

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Citrus Caution

Citrus Greening disease (HLB) is the most devastating citrus disease in the world ravaging citrus growing areas everywhere. It is spread by the saliva of the Asian Citrus Psyllid which feeds on the leaves of citrus. The root systems of infected trees are poorly developed and new root growth may be suppressed. The disease spreads

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