Palm & Ornamental Health in Sarasota, Siesta Key, & Longboat Key, Florida | Tropical Gardens Landscape

Palm and ornamental care programs for residential, commercial, and HOA properties in Sarasota, Siesta Key, Longboat Key, and nearby areas.

Protect your beautiful investment with our palm and ornamental healthcare program specifically designed for the Florida area. The health of your plants and palms depends on proper feeding and insect control.

Health palm trees and shrubs at a residential property.

Ornamental shrubs, such as Hibiscus and Bougainvillea, and various palm tree species like Alexander and Royal, are all in danger of being attacked by common pests like whiteflies, aphids, mealybugs, scale, and many other insects. Most of the insects in Sarasota and neighboring Florida islands can be categorized into two types: insects with chewing mouthparts, and those with piercing-sucking mouthparts. Both of these insect types can significantly harm your plants. Fortunately, our highly trained technicians monitor your landscape at each visit in order to catch infestations early.

At Tropical Gardens Landscape, we have developed custom-blended, slow-release fertilizers made specifically for both palms and ornamental plants that will deliver time-released nutrients your landscape needs to thrive. When applied at the appropriate time, these blends allow your landscape to receive the nitrogen and potassium it needs, as well as small amounts of other essential nutrients, such as magnesium, manganese, and iron.

See how we can prevent disease and damage from being inflicted upon your softscapes and other ornamental plants for your property in Sarasota, Siesta Key, and Longboat Key.


Why are nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium vital to the health of palm trees and ornamental plants?

Nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorous are the "Big 3" of fertilizers, meaning each nutrient plays a key role in plant nutrition. Here's why they are so essential:

  • Nitrogen is by far the most important nutrient for plants. It's a necessary element of chlorophyll which is responsible for the color of the leaves and helps plants during photosynthesis. Consider nitrogen the building block for new stems and foliage. Without it, your plants will lose their vibrancy and slow down growth.
  • Phosphorus helps plants grow and focus their energy on root development, seed, and flower production. Plants and shrubs low on phosphorus will start having weaker roots and you won't see foliage blooming as often as you normally would.
  • Potassium, also called potash, regulates existing root and foliage growth and helps with disease and pest resistance. It also aids in the plant's ability to respond to and overcome stress. If the leaves start curling or showing signs of spots or deadening at the edges, these are telltale signs of a potassium deficiency.

What are the signs that trees, plants, and shrubs are lacking certain nutrients?

When palms and shrubs aren't lacking in nutrients and not properly fertilized during the year, your plants will begin to show these symptoms:

  • Premature leaf drop
  • Slower growth
  • Pale or yellowing leaves
  • A greater presence of insects and pests
  • New growth looks weak or distorted

Florida palm trees are prone to nitrogen and potassium deficiencies. One problem that the leaves will often have is the appearance of black scurf on younger growth. This fungal disease grows on the sticky substance left behind from sap-sucking insects like aphids, scales, and mealybugs.

The University of Florida provides a list of tropical palm diseases and fungi that impacts most of Florida's palms. Bud rot and fungal leaf spot are also common, but the most lethal diseases are Ganoderma butt rot and lethal bronzing.

In accordance with the Sarasota County ordinance prohibiting fertilization during the summer, all fertilization applications for palm trees and shrubs are completed between January-May and October-December.


What is involved in our palm tree and shrub fertilization services?

Our palm and shrub fertilization programs provide a wide variety of exceptional care and growth benefits.


Palm Trees

All palm trees shall receive 1 1⁄2 pounds of an N-P-K fertilizer with an additional 4mg of magnesium per 100 square feet of palm canopy. 100% of the nitrogen, potassium, and magnesium are a slow-release formula and all of the micronutrients in the fertilizer are water-soluble. The fertilizer is distributed evenly under the dripline of the canopy and is kept at least 6” from the palm trunk.

You can expect our crew to visit your property to apply the shrub fertilizer during the following months:

  • January
  • March
  • May
  • November

The types of palm trees seen in Sarasota County that our treatment program can work for include:

  • Alexander Palms
  • Coconut Palms
  • Foxtail Palms
  • Canary Date Palms
  • Royal Palms
  • Pygmy Dates
  • Bottle Palms

Shrubs

Our shrub fertilization process follows the same timing guidelines as our palm tree fertilization. We create a complete fertilizer formula that varies in nutrient levels according to your soil test results so your plants get the exact amount of nutrients they need.

We always apply fertilizer by hand in a uniform manner and scatter it around the plants. It is never piled at the base of the shrubs and does not come in direct contact with the stems or trunk. If any fertilizer is left remaining on the leaves, our crew will either brush or blow it off for you.

These are some unique ornamental plants that are a good fit for our ornamental healthcare program:

  • Philidondren (Monstera)
  • Iris Regina
  • Dazzle Schefflera
  • Copper Leaf
  • Liriope
  • Green Island Ficus
  • Bouganvillea
  • Hibiscus

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Don't let your palms and shrubs fall prey to disease and pest problems. Let our crew treat them with a nutrient-balanced fertilizer!

How healthy your plants are will depend on various factors, but fertilization is by far the most important. Nutrient deficiency can cause issues with growth and makes softscapes weaker to resisting fungal diseases and insect infestations.

The crew at Tropical Gardens Landscape can maintain the health and appearance of your palm trees and ornamental shrubs with our yearly fertilization program. Homes and businesses located in Sarasota County are eligible for our services, so feel free to contact us at (941) 993-2442!