A picture is often worth a thousand words.
As an ISA certified certified arborist, when I saw this huge Royal Poinciana collapsed on a sunny day, with no wind, rain, or other adverse weather conditions, I just had to stop and find out what ... READ MORE
Why make a forest?
I was born in Buffalo, NY and then moved to Durham, North Carolina after college. Both of these areas were less populated and had lots of forested areas near the urban centers. South Florida, I soon discovered, had hardly ... READ MORE
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 the days are of equal length. When days are ... READ MORE
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 successful transplantation. Root ... READ MORE
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 considered a "Tree of Life" in their cultures.
An ... READ MORE
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 long dry spell. During that time I decided to do an experiment ... READ MORE
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 Industries Best Management Practices":
“What, ... READ MORE
If you are new to the landscaping industry, agriculture, starting a business in pest control, or work for a government, then you may need a pesticide applicator license.
Who's in charge?
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services ... READ MORE
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 ... READ MORE
We have all heard the saying: "Money doesn't grow on trees!", but here in South Florida, orchids grow on trees.
Most people only see orchids growing in pots, but in nature, most of them grow on trees.
Epiphytes NOT parasites!
Epiphytes are ... READ MORE