Florida’s climate isn’t exactly known for being gentle to your grass. The proper irrigation of your lawn is essential to protect it from the harsh Tampa sunshine, especially in the spring when the weather is dry. By diligently watering your lawn with the right frequency and water quantity, you will help your lawn remain vibrant and healthy for many, many years to come.
Water With the Early Birds
You cannot simply water your lawn whenever you roll out of bed or get home from work and expect perfect results. Due to the strength of the sun in Florida, watering your grass early in the morning is the very best and most effective time of day. This allows your lawn to absorb all of the water it needs without losing too much to excessive and rapid evaporation. Watering early in the morning also ensures that water doesn’t sit for too long on the grass and accelerate the development of disease from excess moisture. Read more
Flies are notoriously annoying and bothersome, but the Whitefly brings that reputation to an entirely new level. Officially called the Bemisia tabaci, the Whitefly is considered a major invasive species throughout Florida and even worldwide. Homeowners, landscape professionals, business owners, and the general public all experience the problems that Whiteflies cause across the Florida community. If you are a home or business owner, the best (and only!) way to manage Whiteflies on your property is to hire a pest company to consistently treat your plant materials.
Identifying Whiteflies on Your Property
Whiteflies are most common on houseplants. They suck sap from the underside of leaves and cause plants to become weak and vulnerable to disease. Fortunately, there are many ways to identify the presence of whiteflies and begin a treatment routine. Read more
There are many different household pests that have the potential to invade your home at any given moment. Some can be removed quickly, while others are stubborn and evasive. The weevil is one of the most difficult pests to eradicate. To prevent a nightmare pest infestation, arm yourself with information about weevils, learn how recognize them, and don’t wait to call a professional pest control company to get them out of your home!
What Are Weevils?
Weevils are types of beetles that can occur in many shapes and colors. However, their most distinctive feature is the shape of their heads. As an adult, every weevil has an elongated head with a snout. The rice weevil is one type of weevil that commonly appears in homes. They are small black bugs that sneak into the home in grains and pasta. Read more
You may never have heard the word anthocyanin before, but you most certainly recognize the effects they have on plants. Anthocyanins are water-soluble phytochemicals found in the tissues of plants like leaves, stems, flowers, and fruits. Since anthocyanins are natural pigments that range from dark red to blue to indigo, they are found in numerous plants and fruits, like blueberries and red grapes.
Health Benefits of Anthocyanins
When eaten in berries and other fruits, anthocyanins offer powerful health benefits. They are known to improve cardiovascular health by acting on the different cells that lead to the development of atherosclerosis. Anthocyanins can even inhibit the creation and progression of cancer tumor cells by stopping the growth of pre-malignant cells. Furthermore, anthocyanins offer anti-inflammatory effects that are helpful after an injury or disease. Next time you go grocery shopping, consider adding a few pints of blueberries to your cart! Read more
The weather has cooled down, the sun has lessened its intensity, and yet you still find unsightly brown patches all over your lawn. Brown patches are frustrating problems that can ruin the attractive lawn you’ve worked so hard to cultivate. What problem are you dealing with, and what solution do you need?
A Fungus Called Rhizoctonia
Rhizoctonia is the culprit for the brown patches on your lawn. This fungus survives winter in plant debris, enters the leaf tissue through openings made by mowing, and spreads quickly. It can actually infect your lawn long before you see the signs, so you won’t realize you have a problem you need to solve. However, the high daytime and nighttime temperatures that are so prevalent in Florida place grass under stress. This stress triggers the Rhizoctonia to become visible immediately. Since Rhizoctonia isn’t picky, it preys on all types of grass, especially those receiving large amounts of fast releasing nitrogen fertilizer. Read more
Many Florida homes and businesses are not blessed with full, green grass in their yards, but fortunately, sod can solve this problem. Sod is grass grown on a farm specifically for the purpose of being harvested with its soil and roots and re-installed on different ground. Autumn is the best time to lay sod in Florida, since the weather is cooler but grass can still take root in the ground. Zoysia sod in particular is an excellent choice for any home or business owner, thanks to its many convenient and attractive qualities. Is it right for your property?
An Introduction to Zoysia
Zoysia is actually native to Asia, but it was brought to the United States in the late 19th century. It is classified as a warm-season grass, which means that it begins an active growth phase in the warmth of late spring and peaks during Florida’s famously hot summer climate. Since it is perennial, it grows back every year, and its impressive heat tolerance allows it to thrive in the humid southeast. Read more
Many Floridians welcome winter’s cool weather, but Florida’s mild climate makes it possible for a number of pests to avoid their standard wintertime hibernation. Instead of disappearing from the human eye until spring, pests like ants, cockroaches, and rodents have adapted to Florida’s winter by simply moving indoors. If you know to expect these unwelcome visitors, you can plan ahead with a professional pest control team to prevent infestations.
Ants are known for causing homeowners major stress, especially in Florida. Worker ants go in search of food for the queen and leave a scented trail behind them. Other ants follow that scent trail back to the source of food. Before long, you find an ant infestation in your pantry and cabinets! Since it’s easier for ants to find food inside during the chilly winter weather, you need to be on high alert for the first sign of ants. Don’t wait to call a pest control team, because three ants can quickly turn into 300! Read more
It’s not a very pleasant surprise to walk into your kitchen to prepare your meal only to find that small pests have contaminated your groceries. Meal moths in particular have a sneaky way of entering your home in the rice, grains, and cereals that you buy at the store. This common household pest feeds on stored food products, so it’s important to recognize them and understand the treatment methods available before they further infest your kitchen and home.
An Introduction to Meal Moths
The Plodia interpunctella, or Indianmeal moth, is a low-maintenance insect that has the ability to survive in a range of climates around the world. Specifically, the meal moth thrives in stored products and food storage facilities, but it can easily survive outdoors in Florida as well thanks to the state’s warm climate. Meal moth larvae are general feeders, so they happily feed on everything from grain products and seeds to dried fruit, spices, and dog food. Read more
It’s no secret that your grass needs water to remain vibrant and healthy, but that isn’t as easy as it sounds in Florida. Due to a combination of Florida’s year-round heat and tendency to endure droughts, water is a vital yet very limited resource that must be used strategically to keep your lawn in optimal condition. Use the following tips to develop and maintain a purposeful and realistic lawn watering schedule for your own yard.
Watering Frequency: It’s All Relative
There is no magic irrigation frequency that can be used on all lawns with equal success. The irrigation frequency of your own yard can only be determined by your grass species, the average rainfall in your area, your geographical location, and other subtle details like soil type and shade presence. Once all variables are taken into consideration, a watering frequency schedule can be developed. For example, St. Augustine grass with six-inch roots can go 8 to 28 days between watering in the winter in Pensacola, but the same grass can only last 3 to 10 days between watering in the winter in Miami. Read more
There are many pests that work their way into our homes and food supplies, but the weevil is one of the most difficult to eradicate. To prevent a nightmare pest infestation, arm yourself with information about weevils so you know how to recognize them and immediately respond to their presence in your home.
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