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Anderson's pink hibiscus

HOLY HIBISCUS, IT’S A MEALYBUG!

First reported in Florida in 2002, pink hibiscus mealybugs are still munching their way through plants in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties. There’s no known control for this pest other than biological control using natural enemies such as predatory ladybugs and wasps. Mealybugs don’t respond to pesticides, and besides, pesticides…

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LANDSCAPE DESIGN, RAIN AND IGUANAS

The female caller was talking so fast that I could barely make out what she was saying. She had never hired a professional landscape design company before, and in her excitement, words tumbled out like marbles from a vase: “… everything has to be blue … not a tree but…

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THE DAY OUR IRRIGATION CREW SAVED THE WELL

As ArtisTree's Irrigation Service Supervisor, Leonel Gomez responds to every tough challenge with four words that have become his trademark: "Let me try something.” Take the hot summer morning when Leonel and ArtisTree’s irrigation crew were out in a small Sarasota community. The well pump was down, and the homeowner…

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IT’S ALIVE!

A Casey Key homeowner asked ArtisTree to create a functional, sustainable, no-turf landscape design that would work on three different levels: It had to be aesthetically pleasing, minimally impactful and congruent with the home's architecture and coastal environment. It also had to accomodate her family's lifestyle, which included frequent entertaining…

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HOW TO PREVENT IRRITATION TO YOUR IRRIGATION

I remember a non-ArtisTree client telling me how he locked his timer box before leaving on a three-week summer vacation. He left the key with a neighbor, but it didn’t matter because the battery decided to die right after he left. He returned to a brown lawn that eventually had…

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