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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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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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