HOW TO PREVENT IRRIGATION GEYSERS FROM HITTING YOUR SOFFITS

Smart Irrigation Month

Imagine coming home to an irrigation geyser that’s been shooting up into your soffit all day long. The damage, the repair expense, the flooded plant material below -- you could have avoided it all by adding inexpensive pressure reducers to your irrigation system. To keep a situation like this from dampening your day again, ArtisTree Landscape offers key reasons why you should make improvements sooner than later. First, pressure reducers do just what their name suggests. They decrease water Continue Reading

VERSATILE COCOPLUM IS A PEACH OF A CHOICE

Cocoplum

Red-tipped cocoplum, a South Florida native, is a standout texture plant (and shouldn’t be confused with Natal plum which is covered with prominent thorns). Not only does its natural look work in any home landscape, but you can also use its edible fruit to make tasty jams or jellies. Interestingly, the leaves and bark have been used for centuries to cure a variety of ailments. In some regions, the nut inside the fruit (technically a drupe) has been used in candles, soaps, axle grease or as an Continue Reading

SCHEFFLERA ARBORICOLA: SHOWY AND VERSATILE

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Schefflera arboricola Trinette may be the best-behaved plant in your Southwest Florida landscape and for good reason. It looks good anywhere and requires minimal care. Because of this, you’ll see it used a lot. But paired with the right plant selections, you can create a look that’s distinctly yours. Arboricola looks best in part sun or part shade, although it will grow in full sun/shade. (Its bright yellow and green foliage is a showstopper either way.) Plant it in mass to be the star of Continue Reading

YELLOW TABS IN YOUR LANDSCAPE: WHERE DID ALL THE BLOOMS GO?

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Maria Muhlhahn, ArtisTree Purchasing Manager, FCHP, ISA Certified Arborist First, the brakes lights -- then a head turn. Yellow tabs have a way of slowing down traffic on the busiest streets in Florida. But there’s also a downside that admirers tend to forget: the Yellow Tabebuia is a spring bloomer, which means you’re going to absolutely adore it March and April and then just kind of forget about it after that. And that’s too bad, because the yellow tab should be hailed for several other Continue Reading

MAKE SURE YOUR IRRIGATION EXPERT ISN’T WET BEHIND THE EARS.

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According to the Florida Forest Service, many areas of our state are experiencing abnormally low precipitation to severe drought, even though water defines Florida with two bordering oceans, Lake Okeechobee and 50,000 miles of rivers, streams and waterways. So when it comes to watering your landscape, ask your certified irrigation specialist to make sure your system is running efficiently -- especially as we move into the hot summer months ahead. He or she should inspect everything closely so Continue Reading

BIG WIN!

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It's official! ArtisTree has been voted "Best Landscaper" by readers of Sarasota Magazine. We are so excited and thank everyone for this honor -- it means a lot to us. Be sure to see all the winners in Sarasota Magazine's May issue! Continue Reading

DON’T LET YOUR TURF BE A PAIN IN THE GRASS

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In honor of National Lawn Care Month, ArtisTree shares these tips from the National Association of Landscape Professionals. Read them and reap. Myth #1: You can water your lawn and landscape any time of day. Reality: Water is a valuable resource; make every drop count! Watering your lawn in the early mornings or evenings after sunset minimizes evaporation. It’s the best time for water to penetrate deep into the soil. Myth #2: It’s OK to cut your grass very short. Reality: Most landscape Continue Reading

Flamingos Land In The Concession

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The grand reveal! This landscape for a Arthur Rutenberg/Nelson Homes residence was designed by ArtisTree Designer Joe Mantkowski and installed by our exceptional A-Team. Joe remembered the homeowners saying how much they loved pink flamingos and decided he'd surprise them with a few (well, 50 of them). After seeing the exotic birds on their property, the wife thanked Joe for remembering what they said at their initial meeting and has decided to keep the flamingos. http://youtu.be/DdZXThdYj4c Continue Reading

COMPARISONS OF COMMON ST. AUGUSTINE CULTIVARS

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ArtisTree Landscape is frequently asked what type of sod is best to install, and our answer is always “it depends.” Many residential communities limit and/or control the type of sod you can install -- here in Southwest Florida it’s typically St. Augustine or Zoysia. Popular St. Augustine sod has several cultivars to consider based upon the traffic they will need to weather, access to water and sunlight, and the “foot” feel you prefer. Below, we’ll briefly compare three of the most commonly Continue Reading

PUT A LITTLE HEAVEN IN YOUR LANDSCAPE WITH HELICONIA.

Heliconia

Derived from the Greek word helikonios, Heliconia is a cousin to the banana and often mistaken for Bird-of-Paradise. Most species are native to South and Central America; however, a few have been naturalized in Florida. Common names for Heliconia include lobster-claws, wild plantains or false bird-of-paradise. The unusual bracts appear in the warmer months of the year and will grow up to four feet tall (some varieties are much larger). It prefers partial shade and regular food and water to Continue Reading