Gardening

Best Mulches for Florida

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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

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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.

Know Thy Dirt

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If you want your plants to thrive, know your dirt. If it’s poor, amend it. Florida’s soil from the panhandle down through the central state contains clay or sand and must be amended to produce healthy plants. South Florida, your peaty earth makes gardening easy!

Christmas Gifts for Your Gardener

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What Christmas present will you give this year to the gardener in your life? In this blog, we take away the holiday gift-giving guesswork with our list of suggestions. Consider outdoor work clothes, gardening tools, and print or digital resources.

Starting a Garden the Easy Way

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If you want to start growing vegetables, try square-foot gardening. Perfect for homeowners with limited yard space, this method involves small, square, raised beds, divided into square-foot segments. Each segment hosts one type of plant. Gardeners with more space can build several of these raised beds.

Set Up a Container Garden

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Container gardens can be found everywhere, from the estate courtyard to the apartment balcony. The vessels themselves run the gamut—classic clay urn, vintage bathtub, hollowed-out log. In this blog, we present lists of ideas as well as mistakes to avoid in container garden creation.

What Type of Garden Are You?

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Four popular Florida garden styles—traditional, modern, cottage, and casual coastal—all possess distinct characteristics. Which style do you like the best? Which type are you? We talk about the four gardens and what sets each one apart from the others.

Gardening Safely in the Summer Heat

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Gardening safely in the heat of summer requires knowing how to identify the symptoms of oncoming heat-related illnesses and the necessary steps to prevent them. Get familiar with good practices for caring for your body so you can keep gardening all summer long.

Topiary, Part 2: You Can Make One

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Topiary is the art of training plants into ornamental or creative shapes. Elaborate forms sometimes take months or years, but a simple topiary can be created in just a few minutes. Here are quick instructions for beginning three classic and beautiful topiary forms.

Great Florida Hedge Plants

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Hedges function as property dividers, privacy screens, and ornamental features on a landscape. They can be any height from low to tall. Florida’s great hedge plants include viburnum varieties, boxwood (these look good clipped and shaped), Schefflera and podocarpus (these grow 4-20 feet tall).