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WHEN YOU’RE IN A BIG STORM, LITTLE THINGS MEAN A LOT.

When Tropical Storm Debby blew through, one Sarasota couple was relieved that their neighborhood didn’t get flooded. But their beautiful Glaucous cassia -- aka scrambled egg tree -- was not so lucky. Within minutes it seemed to faint to the ground, its long brilliant clusters of flowers fanned out like…

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CONTRACT LANGUAGE SHOULD BE WARM, NOT FUZZY.

Landscape-maintenance RPQs are too often met with fuzzy contract language written by landscape companies that should know better. If you’re a property manager, CAM or HOA board member, look for vague words like these: - “Custom-blended” fertilizer (details, please?) - “Standard-blend” - “Similar to” - “If deemed necessary” (by whose…

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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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