A Not-So-Friendly Neighbor

A Not-So-Friendly Neighbor

Red Imported Fire Ants (RIFA), Solenopsis invicta, are native to South America and entered the US around the 1930s. Since then, they have moved into our neighborhoods and have proven not to be the best neighbors. Their stings cause itchy, painful pustules on the skin...
Plant Profile: Arboricola

Plant Profile: Arboricola

The Arboricola is a landscape staple. This plant, often called Dwarf Umbrella or Dwarf Schefflera, manifests itself in several varieties. The Green Arboricola is a useful plant for creating a visual screen to hide utilities like air-conditioners or pool equipment....
Didn’t see that coming!

Didn’t see that coming!

Sometimes we can truly say we didn’t see something coming. Most of the time, the signs were there or we hoped it wouldn’t happen but knew it could. In a movie plot or a burst tire, very rarely is it a true surprise. In fact, when I hit something on the interstate and...
The Drip: A Turf Performance in Early Fall

The Drip: A Turf Performance in Early Fall

As usual for Florida, summertime came with an abundance of rainfall. And its effects on lawns will soon be evident in the warm, dry conditions of early fall. As a general rule, deep and infrequent watering is the best way to promote healthy turf that can better...
Knowledge Center: Sooty Mold

Knowledge Center: Sooty Mold

Sooty mold is a black, flaky growth on plant leaves, stems, and trunks that is often confused for some sort of plant disease. In-stead of being the cause of a plant problem, it is a sign that insects have been feeding—specifically, those of the “piercing-sucking”...
Knowledge Center: Spiraling White Fly

Knowledge Center: Spiraling White Fly

The Rugose Spiraling Whitely (Aleurodicus rugioperculatus), or RSW, made its debut in the U.S. in 2009, wreaking havoc on Gumbo Limbo trees in Miami-Dade County. After its arrival, this invasive pest, thought to originate in Central America, quickly increased its...
Plant Profile: Bougainvillea

Plant Profile: Bougainvillea

With our lovely winter approaching, we will begin to see the bougainvillea plants respond with color and character. This is a species that embodies the saying, “Look, but don’t touch.” As landscapers, we sometimes have a love/hate relationship with bougainvilleas...
Gratitude

Gratitude

I get a laugh out of the memes circulating on social media about just how crazy 2020 has been. Did you the see the one with 2020 saying “Wait, there’s more!” with a picture of the infomercial guy? Other times I feel down as I think of the deaths of over 180,000 of my...
You Should Know: Lethal Bronzing Disease

You Should Know: Lethal Bronzing Disease

Lethal Bronzing Disease (LBD), formerly known as Texas Phoenix Palm Decline (TPPD) is a lethal disease of palms. It is caused by a phytoplasma – a bacterium with no cell wall that lives in the vascular conducting tissue of plants. The disease is transmitted by insect...
Growing Connection, Vol. 1 Issue 2

Growing Connection, Vol. 1 Issue 2

From the CEO Mark Forsythe CHANGE IS IN THE AIR, WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? Throughout human history there are years where significant events leave a lasting impact on humanity. 2020 will be remembered as one of those years. First a pandemic stopped our economy and...