Category: Home Landscapes

April showers…?

Rusty lyonia flowering with bee

What image comes to mind when you hear the term “drought-tolerant plant?”   Ugh. Unfortunately, there are a handful of common misconceptions about drought-tolerant landscaping that just won’t go away. Too often, the phrase “drought-tolerant” immediately conjures up… Read More

Aaaahhhh – Aphids!

Aphids feed on firebush leaves. Ladybug larva feeds on aphids.

Aphids are a very common garden pest. They feed by piercing leaves and sucking out the juices. This can cause leaves to crinkle and curl, especially on new flushes of growth.   Aphids excrete a fluid that contains… Read More

Less water, better landscape

Sprinklers watering grass, misting due to high pressure

Excessive or inefficient watering of a landscape can be just as harmful as giving too little water. The best Florida-Friendly Landscapes only put water where it’s needed, when it’s needed.  Check out these simple tricks to help save… Read More

Florida Fall Color

Fall color in Florida - holly berries and red leaves

Florida is known for warm weather, sandy beaches, theme parks…. but fall color? We’ve got that too! Here’s how to embrace the change in seasons, Florida-Friendly style.   Up north, the spectacle of autumn leaves changing color is… Read More

Sprinkler Checkup – Part 2 – Rain Sensors!

In a recent blog post, we covered the basics of doing a sprinkler “wet-check.” (If you missed that post, or want a quick review, click here.) In today’s post, we’re focusing entirely on rain sensors, and how/why they… Read More

Water Wise Awards Program – Final call for 2018 entries!

Is your landscape “water-wise?”     If you live in the tri-county Tampa Bay area and answered “yes”  –   …your yard could be a winner!  But time to enter is running out ~ All entries must be received by… Read More

Wildflower, weed, … or groundcover?

Pollinator bee visiting Portulaca flower

Often, the question of “wildflower vs. weed” is a matter of location. I recently decided to test that concept with the native succulent “weed” Portulaca pilosa, a.k.a. pink purslane.     Trivia factoid #1 – One nickname for… Read More