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Best Mulches for Florida

GardeningLandscape Maintenance

Installing mulch provides numerous benefits beyond just aesthetics. Mulch protects soil and roots from the elements, helps to conserve water, and can add nutrients back into the soil. Consider both organic and non-organic mulches for your landscaping and choose a Florida-friendly mulch for your spaces.

Put Out the Welcome Mat for These Bugs

Gardening

Learn which bugs are beneficial to your landscape and don’t try to get rid of them. Good bugs eat pests, control mosquitoes, pollinate flowers, and produce silk, wax, and honey. In this blog, we list eight beneficial bugs (plus spiders) you should know.

Should You Prune Trees in Winter?

Tree Care

Even in Florida’s mild winters, there remains a growing season and a dormant season for our trees. Most of your pruning should take place during the dry and dormant season to reduce the risk of pests and disease and to maximize growth.

It’s Time for Turfgrass Weed Control

Turf Maintenance

Preemergence herbicides help prevent weed growth in turfgrass by stopping weed seed germination. It is essential to know the difference between selective and nonselective herbicides and to understand how application timing contributes to the effectiveness of weed control efforts.

How to Discourage Deer from Devouring Your Plants

Plants

Got deer? Discourage them from munching on your plants and trees by making your yard seem unsafe. Hang wind chimes, install motion-activated sprinklers, and utilize garden items that make unexpected sounds. Plant trees and shrubs that deer don’t like. Put up fences or grow dense hedges.

Planning Plant Heights in Beds

GrowingPlants

Design your garden bed so that all plants are on display. Border beds could have short plants in front, one or two tiers of medium-height shrubs or grasses, and a backdrop of tall, vigorous viburnum, podocarpus, banana, or bamboo.

Bundle Up (Your Plants, That Is)

Plants

Don’t get caught off guard by freezing temperatures that damage or kill cold-sensitive plants. Keep your eye on the forecast, and when cold is coming, cover up your plants. Bring container plants inside or put them against a wall and cover them with sheets.

Paint Your Property with Plant Color

FlowersPlants

Splash your property with color by placing blooming plants and shrubs in beds, borders and containers. Grow shrubs with colored leaves for year-round hues and impact. Plant bromeliads—tropical shade-lovers that produce blooms from delicate to showy to phantasmagoric.

Winter Landscaping Tasks

Landscape MaintenanceLawn Care

Winter brings relief from lawn mowing and opens time for other landscaping tasks. Now leaves must be raked, beds cleaned out and mulch refreshed. It’s also a good time of year to plant rye grass and examine trees for mistletoe.