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Uh Oh - Do You Have a Fire Ant Infestation? Here's What To Do

Uh Oh - Do You Have a Fire Ant Infestation? Here's What To Do

Nobody likes unwanted visitors - especially when there are thousands of them! Fire ants, also known as ginger ants or stinging ants, are powerful pests that are most commonly found in the southeastern United States (including Florida). They are best known for their incredibly painful bites and stings. If you or someone you know is dealing with a fire ant infestation, there are three things you need to do; you must be extremely cautious, you must be aware that ending a fire ant infestation ...
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Sod or Seed? The Big Debate, Finally Settled!

Sod or Seed? The Big Debate, Finally Settled!

The two ways of achieving a beautiful new lawn are by either using sod or grass seeds. There is a debate over which of these options is better. The difference between the two is that sod grass has already been grown and is installed using rolls, so it offers the look of a green lawn on installation day. It also acts as protection against soil erosion and weeds, which is particularly important here in Florida. Grass seeds have to be sown on tilled soil and they are susceptible to weeds as...
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Here's What You Risk by Opting Out of Regular Irrigation Maintenance

Here's What You Risk by Opting Out of Regular Irrigation Maintenance

Regular irrigation maintenance is essentially a checkup for your sprinklers. It ensures that everything is running smoothly with your irrigation system. This is really important because there could easily be issues with your system that you are unaware of until after you receive an extremely high water bill with, wasted water being the culprit. When your sprinklers in Florida aren't running properly, the health of your vegetation also suffers because of the poor distribution of water...
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Dreaming of a Low-Maintenance Landscape? Here Are Some Ideas

Dreaming of a Low-Maintenance Landscape? Here Are Some Ideas

Exceptional landscapes don't just happen overnight. The reality is that it requires a lot of hard work and attention to detail to achieve your dream landscape. The amount of time you are willing to put in should be considered when choosing the features of your landscape. If you're a property owner in Florida whose dream is to achieve a low-maintenance landscape, this blog will help point you in the right direction. There are a few simple adjustments that you can make when...
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Do You Really Need Mulch for Your Landscape Beds? Yes!

Do You Really Need Mulch for Your Landscape Beds? Yes!

Many people believe that mulch is simply used for aesthetic purposes. But this view fails to realize that mulch is also incredibly beneficial for the health of your plants. There are many reasons why you should include mulch in your landscape beds. One reason why it's really important is that it protects soil from extreme shifts in temperature. Mulch reduces soil erosion by minimizing the direct impact of rain on the soil. This is pretty useful in Florida, especially during our...
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3 Unique Stones to Build Your New Patio With

3 Unique Stones to Build Your New Patio With

Choosing which materials to build your new patio with can be the most difficult part of the planning process. Bricks are a go-to for that classic patio look, while a flagstone patio gives off a more organic aesthetic. However, if you want your new patio to look unique, your best options are oolite stone, keystone, or coralina stone. Oolite stone is usually a white or creamy beige color and is characterized by deep crevices. Keystone can come in many colors but tends to look like a modern take...
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3 Steps to Designing the Perfect Raised Garden Bed

3 Steps to Designing the Perfect Raised Garden Bed

Having a decorative retaining wall installed is a great way to enhance the aesthetics of your property in Florida. One of the biggest benefits of a decorative retaining wall is that you can use the top of it as a raised garden bed. If you're planning on installing a raised garden bed, you'll want to take the time to design it right so that you end up with a design that you'll absolutely love. The 3 main things you'll need to consider when designing a raised garden bed are...
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Designing an Outdoor Kitchen? Don't Forget Lighting & Seating!

Designing an Outdoor Kitchen? Don't Forget Lighting & Seating!

Outdoor kitchens are a haven for making memories with the ones you love, so make sure yours is perfect to host the whole family! Lighting and seating are underrated factors in the design process, but they make a huge difference in the overall ambiance and functionality of a space. Lighting not only brightens the space so you can enjoy your outdoor kitchen beyond sunset, but can also add to the atmosphere by accentuating beautiful landscape features. For seating, you should consider opting for a ...
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The Fastest Ways to Ruin Your Palm Trees with DIY Pruning

The Fastest Ways to Ruin Your Palm Trees with DIY Pruning

It seems simple enough to prune whatever parts of your plant may not look good, but you could be doing a great amount of damage to the plant by doing so. This is especially true in the case of palm trees, which many people are under the impression are extremely resilient and can be recklessly pruned without harm. Often done before a storm like the hurricanes we commonly have here in Florida, excessively cutting fronds will remove the palm's protection against the cold and harsh winds. ...
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Outdoor Kitchens - Good Lookin' and Good Cookin'

Outdoor Kitchens - Good Lookin' and Good Cookin'

Do you want to expand your property's living area and beautify your outdoor space? If so, then you should consider installing an outdoor kitchen at your home. Outdoor kitchens allow you to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air while preparing your meals rather than remaining cooped up indoors. The weather in central Florida is too spectacular to squander! Plus, outdoor kitchens bring limitless possibilities. In this blog, we explore a few of the most popular features that enhance the...
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