CERTIFICATION IS MANDATORY FOR LAWN CREWS.

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ALL landscape maintenance professionals in Manatee County (Sarasota County, too) must individually obtain a Landscape Certification from the Manatee County Extension Service to set foot on a property. This includes the mow and pruning crews, not just individuals applying fertilizer. The required Landscape Best Management Practices is only awarded after successful completion of training from an UF-IFAS Extension Service. Is your vendor certified? Certification sets an expectation of Continue Reading

A $10 HOLE FOR A $2 PLANT

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We know. You’re wondering why on earth a little $2 coleus should “cost” $10 to plant. Well, if you did a little digging, here’s what you’d find out. Soil prep is more important than the plant itself. If you plant a coleus in dense clay soil, you’ll eventually have a dead coleus. But if you have loose, crumbly soil versus compacted clay, it stands to reason that nutrients and water will reach the roots much more easily. So here’s what you do. You mix things up. Amend the soil with Continue Reading

THE DUCK DAYS OF SUMMER: TO MOW OR NOT TO MOW

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Some days it’s easy to read Mother Nature and tell our mow crews to go home. She’s hurling big lightning bolts and throwing down rain. Since we don’t want to endanger our crews or damage lawns with deep mower ruts, we call it a day and send everyone home. For the most part, property managers and community residents understand, although a few think we’re all wet and should just put on some ponchos and struggle through. Nope, we’re not going to do that. Too much on the line, period. But Continue Reading

IT’S NOT FAIR TO TIE YOUR LANDSCAPER’S HANDS.

Plant choices aren’t always easy. If you select the wrong shrub, it may require more trimming than you thought or never achieve the desired size. That’s why your selections should be based on sound horticultural principles and preferably at the recommendation of your landscape provider. Sounds straightforward enough, doesn’t it? But here’s a true story: The landscape chair of a local HOA community (“Bob”) asked his landscape-maintenance company to replace plants in the common area next to Continue Reading

HOW TO PREVENT IRRIGATION GEYSERS FROM HITTING YOUR SOFFITS

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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

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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