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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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MOTHER’S DAY AND MOTHER-IN-LAW’S TONGUE

I think I can safely say that no one on has ever surprised Mom on Mother’s Day with a nice breakfast in bed and a tall bouquet of mother-in-law’s tongue. Which is too bad, because being the landscape designer that I am, I have a special affinity for any plant…

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