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Why Are My Coconut & Royal Palm Trees Dying?

Posted by Keith Ruebeling On September 24th

What’s killing my Royal Palm?

Why is my Coconut Palm tree dying all of the sudden?

Is it getting the right nutrients or could lightning really be to blame?


Watching one of your precious palms go from green and healthy to brown and barely making it can be devastating!  We receive calls from people in distress over the same thing year after year and many of them assume improper fertilization is to blame.

Even though South Florida is known by many as the lightning capital of the world, it can be difficult for some people to believe that lightning is the culprit, because there are no obvious signs that their palm tree’s been hit. In reality though, the probability of damage from lightning to trees and plants in our area is very high! Coconut and royal palms are especially susceptible due to their height, but other tall palms are equally at risk.

There are certain signs you can look for to diagnose whether lightening is indeed the cause of your palm tree’s demise: Read the rest of this entry »

Landscaping Design Tip #12 – How to Attract Florida Wildlife

Posted by Keith Ruebeling On August 1st

Would you like to know how to attract more Florida wildlife in your own backyard?

Landscaping Tips - How to Attract Florida Wildlife

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

A beautiful, well-maintained landscape can be a gift not just to your family, but also to the many creatures that share our South Florida environment. Consider tailoring your yard to attract some of the many butterflies and birds that call this area home and you will have a miraculous site to share with your loved ones.

To attract local wildlife, plant trees, shrubs, and vines that these creatures seek out. Florida is home to more than 100 species of butterflies, and they are often attracted to brightly colored flowers that are large enough to permit easy landings. These universal nectar sources would make beautiful additions to your landscape: Read the rest of this entry »

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

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

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 02Feel 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.

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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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 »

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

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 »

Fort Myers Naples Florida Friendly Landscaping Irrigation 02It’s hard to imagine that a state bordered on three sides by water might ever need to think about water conservation.

With thousands of lakes and many streams and rivers, Florida seems certifiably drenched.

But much of that water is not available for our use, and in our unique climate of alternating wet and dry seasons water can often become a scarce resource.

Florida suffered one of the worst droughts in the state’s history as recently as 2001. Today, a number of initiatives are in place to ensure the proper management of this precious limited resource.

By knowing and following Florida’s water conservation best-practices, you can ensure that your landscape will be beautiful for your family and for future generations.

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

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12 Landscaping Tips for a Florida-Friendly Yard

Posted by Keith Ruebeling On December 11th

12 Landscaping Tips for a Florida-Friendly Yard

Southwest Florida is a subtropical paradise with blue skies in winter and lush greenery all year round.

You want your landscape to be healthy and beautiful so your family can enjoy this stunning location, but knowing just what to do to keep your yard looking its best can be a challenge.

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Larue is Our Name and Education is Our Game!

Posted by Keith Ruebeling On October 29th

Have you ever wondered how to keep your grass green
or get rid of a household pest problem?

Where do you start when you want to learn more about any given topic?


I bet the first thing you do is search the Internet for free, helpful information and photos… am I right?

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2012: A Great Year for Larue Pest Management

Posted by Keith Ruebeling On February 8th

We hope you had a great 2012 and are enjoying 2013 so far!

January seemed to fly by in the blink of an eye, so before 2013 is here and gone, I thought it might be nice to share some of the highlights from the past year at Larue Pest Management.


2012 was a very successful year for us, which included: Read the rest of this entry »