Pine Trees Turning Brown?

If you notice pine trees in your community are turning partially or totally brown, you may want to take a closer look. Saw-dust in the bark crevices or at the base of the tree, small round holes in the bark or visible sap accumulation are telltale signs pine bark...
Freezing in Florida?

Freezing in Florida?

We have already experienced some cold temperatures here in Florida. In the next few weeks, we face our biggest threat of heavy frost and even freezing. Though we haven’t had a significant freeze event since 2009/10, if could be coming. What to do if your landscape...
Plant Profile: European Fan Palm

Plant Profile: European Fan Palm

The European Fan Palm is great plant that can check all of the boxes if you are looking for a somewhat small, single or clustered, sun or semi-shaded, cold-tolerant, drought-tolerant, tropical-looking plant. This palm can be installed in just about any zone in Florida...
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...