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Landscaping Design Tip #11: Proper Mulching

Posted by Keith Ruebeling On July 8th

Mulching can be an excellent way to improve your Florida-friendly landscape.

Landscaping Design Tips Proper Mulching by Shaun Sadree 1 Landscaping Design Tip #11: Proper Mulching

This is the eleventh of 12 Landscaping Tips for a Florida-Friendly Yard, which can be downloaded from our free eBook library.

Landscaping Design Tips Proper Mulching by Shaun Sadree 2 Landscaping Design Tip #11: Proper MulchingWith our alternating wet and dry seasons, one of the biggest challenges to keeping your landscape healthy year-round is moisture retention. By mulching plant beds, you help to retain soil moisture, which can reduce the amount of irrigation you need to provide. Conserving water is beneficial for the environment and your wallet.

Mulching also helps reduce storm water runoff, which keeps water in your landscape and prevents excess fertilizer from entering the water table or running into streams.

In areas of your yard that are too shady for grass or too difficult to reach with a lawn mower, consider mulching instead. This will reduce the amount of fertilizer and water needed for your lawn. Mulching also helps cut down on weeds, so areas under mulch will need less supervision to look their best. Mulch only needs to be applied once or twice a year, and 2 to 3 inches is the optimal level. When you add mulch to the base of plants, be sure to keep a distance of 2 inches between the mulch and the plant to help avoid disease.

Consider using options to traditional wood mulch in order to deter termites. Some options include fallen tree leaves, pine needles, crushed shells, and small rocks.

12 Landscaping Tips 3D iPad Book 300x225 Landscaping Design Tip #11: Proper MulchingAre you looking to make your Fort Myers, Naples or Cape Coral yard the best that it can be? We offer complete Lawn Care, Shrub Care, Tree Care, Pest Control and Irrigation services that can help you achieve the results you’re striving for!

Give us a call at (800) 314-8813 or schedule an appointment online today!

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For 12 other Landscaping Tips for Creating a Florida-Friendly Yard, click on the eBook to the right.

Thanks!

Keith

Do you live in Fort Myers or Naples?

Are you concerned about mosquitoes spreading diseases to your family?

Well, you have good reason to be!

Viruses like West Nile and Chikungunya are making there way into the US from places like the Bahamas and Caribbean, where outbreaks are spreading quite rapidly.

At this point most of the cases are imported from people visiting those places and unknowingly bringing them back, but Lee County Mosquito Control is already busy creating a plan of attack should the problem grow in our area the way it has in other parts of the world.

The best line of defense for you and our region?

Mosquito Control

Whether it’s learning the 5 D’s of defense, installing a mosquito misting system, or signing up for a monthly mosquito reduction program, Mosquito Control should be a priority when you live in Southwest Florida.

That’s why we think it’s so important to let everyone know that each year the week of June 26 is declared National Mosquito Control Awareness Week by the American Mosquito Control Association. “Mosquito Week” is a time to educate people about the significance of mosquitoes in their daily lives and the important service provided by mosquito control workers throughout the United States and worldwide.

Below we’ve created an infographic about mosquitoes that you can feel free to share with friends and family to help spread awareness about mosquito control and protection.

Larue Pest Mosquito Control Infographic Mosquito Control: What You Need to Know in Fort Myers & Naples

Click on this image and share this mosquito infographic with your family and friends!

Interested in learning more about our professional mosquito control services in Fort Myers, Naples and throughout Southwest Florida, please contact us online or call us at (800) 314-8813.

Thank you!

-Keith

One of the foremost benefits of living in Southwest Florida is the ability to have a beautiful landscape all year-round.

Lawn Care Fort Myers Landscaping Tip #10   Selecting the Right Plants for Your Florida Friendly Yard

This is the tenth of 12 Landscaping Tips for a Florida-Friendly Yard, which can be downloaded from our free eBook library.

Your family can enjoy a well-cared for environment even in winter when the rest of the country is shivering under a blanket of snow. We have a unique, wonderful climate in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and Naples, one that encourages green growth twelve months a year.

In order to make the ideal use of our year-round sunny weather and warm temperatures, you want to select the optimal plants for your landscape — trees and shrubs that will thrive in our subtropical climate.

Choosing appropriate plants for your yard ensures that you use less water, fertilizer, and pesticides, and that your plants will require less day-to-day care.

Some excellent choices include croton, pitch apple, dwarf red ixora, natal plum, pygmy date palm, and the dwarf bougainvillea “Helen Johnson.”

Shrub and Tree Care Fort Myers Landscaping Tip #10   Selecting the Right Plants for Your Florida Friendly Yard

Other desirable plants for our unique environment are Florida natives. These plants thrive in our alternating wet and dry seasons. They’re heat resistant, drought tolerant, and less threatened by many of the pests that live in our area.

Some beautiful options to try include:

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12 Landscaping Tips for a Florida Friendly Yard Fire Ant Control 02 300x222 Landscaping Tip #9   Enjoy Your Yard More with Fire Ant ControlFeel the BURN!

Fire ants are a painful fact of life in Southwest Florida.

These stinging pests can leave burning red welts, that turn into blisters and become very itchy. Children are especially susceptible to the stings and can experience major swelling if bitten.

Fortunately, you can get fire ant control and stop them from taking over your yard and your life!

Extension agents from Texas A&M University have developed a two-part approach to treating fire ants that they call the Texas Two-Step.

The first step is to use bait that contains a toxin that targets fire ants. You’ll use a method called broadcast baiting—spreading the bait around rather than targeting specific mounds.

12 Landscaping Tips for a Florida Friendly Yard Fire Ant Control 01 300x239 Landscaping Tip #9   Enjoy Your Yard More with Fire Ant ControlMake sure to spread the bait at the ideal time when the ants are most active:

  • temperatures are warm and dry
  • no rain in the forecast
  • ground and grass are not damp

Do not disturb any of the mounds before broadcast application and always use fresh bait, preferably from an unopened container. Ants will collect the granules and carry them back to the colony. Within a few weeks, the colony will die off.

Seven to ten days after the initial broadcast application, you will need to do a mound-specific treatment. You can use the bait again or one of a variety of contact insecticides, such as dusts, liquids, or aerosols, that will need to come into contact with the ant to be effective.

Fire ants are one of the most stubborn pests found in Fort Myers, Naples, Cape Coral and across Southwest Florida, so to permanently eliminate ants from your yard, you may need to call lawn care professionals who handle fire ant control.

Larue’s Lawn Care Program includes fire ant control with an annual treatment using Top Choice from Bayer.

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12 Landscaping Tips for a Florida Friendly Yard Mosquito Control 300x224 Landscaping Tip #8   Mosquito & Noseeum Control for Your HomeIf you live in Southwest Florida, you know that mosquito and noseeum control can be frustrating!

Have your cookouts been filled with that particular chorus of buzzing and slapping we all know?

How many of your evenings outdoors have ended with bites and stings? Sometimes it feels like we’re being eaten alive right here in paradise!

And while noseeums are just plain annoying, mosquitoes can be a serious threat to the health of you and your family by spreading diseases like West Nile Virus and the Chikungunya Virus (which was recently reported right here in Fort Myers).

Thankfully you have options in the battle to protect your family and control mosquitoes and noseeums on your property. Here are some landscaping tips on how you can keep them from ruining your family time outside… Read the rest of this entry »

You want your home and landscape to be a safe place for your family to enjoy, but termites can threaten your tranquility…

Larue Termite Control Fort Myers Naples 01 Landscaping Tip #7   Smart Yard Design Can Help Control Florida Termites

This is the seventh of 12 Landscaping Tips for a Florida-Friendly Yard, which can be downloaded from our free eBook library.

In Fort Myers, Naples and all of Southwest Florida, both subterranean and drywood termites have been known to devastate homes by eating right through wooden beams used in walls and roofs. In order to protect your family and control termites around your property, there are some techniques you can adopt in your landscape.

Termites are always looking for new places to feast. Here are some landscaping tips that will help protect your home: Read the rest of this entry »

Chikungunya Virus Mosquito Protection Protecting Your Family from Chikungunya Virus   What You Need to KnowThe Chikungunya virus has been reported right here in Southwest Florida.

There’s been a lot of news about the Chikungunya virus since it was recently reported in our area. That’s because for the most part, mainland America has not been subject to it’s wrath, while in other parts of the world outbreaks are more common.

It first started showing up in the Caribbean about a year ago, and quickly spread to more than 20,000 cases. An alarming statistic for local mosquito control who are working to come up with strategy for combating a potential outbreak locally.

If you live in or around Naples, Fort Myers or Cape Coral it’s so important to us that you learn how to prevent mosquitoes from attacking your family with this debilitating disease.

Here’s what you need to know about this virus: Read the rest of this entry »

Is it just me, or is there something about Spring that makes you really want to get out and enjoy your yard?

But it can be hard to relax and enjoy when your trees look like this…

12 Landscaping Tips for a Florida Friendly Yard Rugose Spiraling Whitefly Palm Landscaping Tip #6   How to Keep Your Yard Protected from Rugose Spiraling Whiteflies

This is the sixth of 12 Landscaping Tips for a Florida-Friendly Yard, which can be downloaded from our free eBook library.

Recently, we’ve discovered a new threat to the beauty of our tropical landscapes: the Rugose Spiraling Whitefly. This particular whitefly first appeared in Florida in 2009 and is believed to have arrived from Central America. The Rugose Spiraling Whitefly can attack a wide range of host plants — from gumbo limbos and cocoplums to live oaks, mangoes, and a variety of palms.

Have your plants been infested by Rugose Spiraling Whiteflies? Read the rest of this entry »

Palm trees are an indispensable part of the Southwest Florida landscape—nothing says paradise like our majestic palms.

Palm Tree Care Fort Myers Naples 1 Landscaping Tip #5   Are You Giving Your Palms the Care They Need?

This is the fifth of 12 Landscaping Tips for a Florida-Friendly Yard,
which can be downloaded from our free eBook library.

Palm Tree Care Fort Myers Naples 2 Landscaping Tip #5   Are You Giving Your Palms the Care They Need?With their leafy fronds rustling in the gentle breeze, they signal that you and your family live in a tropical eden. But palms need optimal care to look their very best, and there are a few points you should consider when it comes to caring for your palm trees.

One of the most important elements to remember when evaluating your palm trees is the condition of the soil. There are more than 2,000 species of palm trees in the world, and each one differs in terms of its salt and drought tolerance.

Palm Tree Care Fort Myers Naples 3 220x300 Landscaping Tip #5   Are You Giving Your Palms the Care They Need?Unlike many trees, palm trees do not have deep branching roots that reach far beneath the top layer of soil. Instead, they have a compact root ball that does not increase in size even as the tree grows. This shallow root system means that palm trees look to the top soil to provide most of the nutrients required for growth. Often this top soil is nutrient-deficient, and you’ll require special fertilizer to ensure optimal health for your palms.

Palms can often become deficient in boron, potassium, magnesium, and manganese. Look for symptoms like yellow streaking or mottling, leaf tips that are dead and curled, or orange coloring at the base of leaves. Depending on the nutrient that’s missing, you can add a specific fertilizer to target the problem. A good maintenance fertilizer is also required to keep your palms healthy. Read the rest of this entry »

The sub-tropical climate of Fort Myers and Naples offer unique challenges in maintaining your landscape.

You really need to consider a lawn care program that’s specifically designed for South West Florida’s soil and weather conditions.

Larue Lawn Care Naples Fort Myers Landscaping Tip #4   What You Need to Know About Lawn Care in Naples and Fort Myers

This is the fourth of 12 Landscaping Tips for a Florida-Friendly Yard, which can be downloaded from our free eBook library.

To keep an eye-catching lawn looking fresh all year round, you will need to consider optimal nutrients for your landscape.

Fertilizing your lawn will: Read the rest of this entry »