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Archive for March, 2014

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

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

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 2With 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 3Unlike 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 »