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Some Like it Short

What is a solstice? December 21st is the Winter Solstice, which marks the shortest day of the year.  After this, each following day will be longer than the previous one.  This will go on until… Read More

Does Your Swale Need a Make Over?

The South Florida “swale” or tree lawn/parkway as it is called in other parts of the country, describes the green space between the sidewalk and the street. Swales are designed to hold excess water from… Read More

How to Root Prune and Transplant Field Grown Trees and Shrubs

Trees growing in the landscape or field growing in a nursery need special care when transplanting to ensure success.  Here’s how to do it. Selection and Timing Select only healthy trees that are capable of… Read More

THE SABAL PALM – Our Tree of Life

THESE BOOTS WERE MADE FOR LIVING Our native sabal palm (Sabal palmetto) is a treasure.  It has been used by the Native Americans for centuries to provide food, shelter and other useful items.  It is… Read More

Get Your Trees Ready for Storm Season Now!

Trees are one of a homeowner’s most important assets. They provide beauty to our neighborhoods, enhance property values, shade and cool our homes and reduce our energy bills.  They also supply the oxygen we need… Read More

Much Ado About Weeds

Now that the rainy season is officially here, weeds will explode in our plant beds. There is much ado about weeds.  What can we do about them? Water Starve Them! We went through a very… Read More

How Do I Get a License to Trim Trees in Broward County?

Why do I need a license to trim trees? Trees are amazing! They grow in stature and are long lived.  Just like us, trees can have special needs, be injured, and because of such injury,… Read More

Why Florida Needs More GI-BMP and FFL

Roseate Spoonbill

When I first started at UF/IFAS, these acronyms meant nothing to me. It took me some time to really understand what they stood for.  Now, I see how important they are. GI-BMP stands for “Green… Read More

Managing Palm Fertilization during “Black-Outs”

One of the 9 Florida Friendly Landscaping principles is “Fertilize Appropriately”.  As a homeowner or landscaper, sometimes it’s difficult to know what that means during fertilizer “black-out” periods. Fertilizer black-out times are when we are… Read More

A gentle plea for chaos in the garden

About 20 years ago I read a book by Sara Stein called Noah’s Garden and it transformed the way I think about gardening.  In her book, she describes the way nature plants.  There are no… Read More