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Category: Home Landscapes

Beware of Volcano Mulching!

Volcano mulching around tree

Protecting tree roots with organic mulch has many benefits. Mulch creates a safe zone around the tree area, eliminating potential injuries from mowers and string-trimmers. Mulch can separate major root zone areas from nearby sod areas, and breaks… Read More

Create your own native plant garden—in containers!

Bee on Rosinweed

Did you know you can create a small habitat of Florida’s native plants – even if you live in a patio home, apartment or condo? By planting native plants in containers, you too can enjoy the presence of… Read More

“Roundup®” License- Is it For You?

Polk County pesticide applicators enjoy professional development and learning

Landscape professionals and homeowners alike should be aware that the State of Florida requires a license in order to apply any pesticide (including herbicides such as Roundup®) as part of a landscape business. The Limited Commercial Maintenance License… Read More

CEUs and Certification: Green Industries Best Management Practices

Polk County pesticide applicators enjoy professional development and learning

Why do landscape professionals and the property owners they serve need to know more about the Green Industries Best Management Practices? Concerns about excessive nutrients and Florida’s water quality have led to increased focus on the use of… Read More

Micro-Irrigation: A Water Saving Alternative

Micro irrigation bubbler

There are so many options when choosing an irrigation system it can be confusing. Micro-irrigation is a great choice for many reasons. Not only is it easy to install, but it is also inexpensive and versatile. Micro-irrigation is… Read More

The Joy of Hummingbirds in Your Garden

Firebush featuring several cluster of orange-red tubular flowers.

There is nothing more exciting than seeing or hearing that cute little ruby-throated hummingbird in your own garden. Often they are heard before seen and then quickly flutter away. You too can enjoy the excitement of providing a… Read More

A few tips on including flowers with wildlife value in your yard

Bee on Rosinweed

Creating a maintaining a landscape that attracts desirable wildlife, such as bees, butterflies, and birds, is easy to do.  Follow these simple tips to get started! 1. Start small – and have a bit of a plan. Gardens evolve… Read More