How to Successfully Care for Palm Trees All Year Round

 

Palm trees are quintessential here in Florida, and it seems that no yard is complete without one. Keeping palm trees healthy requires a little extra work, as they have their own unique care requirements, but the end result is worth it.

At TropicScapes, we use palm trees in many of our landscaping designs. We want everyone to know the best practices for caring for palm trees so they will last a lifetime.  Read More

How Much Water Does Your Lawn Need During Florida’s Winter Months?

Now that the brutal heat of summer is finally waning away, homeowners are starting to think about fall and winter lawn care

Here in sunny Florida, we don’t have a hard and cold winter like most places in the U.S., so our growing season runs right on through until very late in the year. However, grass and other plants that grow here in the winter don’t require the same upkeep as they do in the summer. This is because the summer sun is so harsh here that it just dries out the landscape, leaving lawns parched and in need of extra watering.  Read More

The Top Landscape Design Trends of 2021

There’s no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has forever affected many parts of our daily lives, including the amount of time we spend in our home’s outdoor spaces. As people quarantined at home, our backyards became sanctuaries for family barbecues, game nights, and amateur gardening again. 

We’ve been loving the effort our customers are putting into their lawns and gardens these days! We’ve picked up on these landscape design trends of 2021 as more and more people are moving towards the use of natural and sustainable landscaping options: Read More

Florida’s Seasonal Guide to Landscaping

Guide to LandscapingFlorida’s subtropical climate allows landscapes to pop with color all year long. However, Florida’s hot, humid weather causes special issues that landscapers have to manage. Follow this seasonal guide to keep your lawn looking its best no matter what:

Summer

Summer can be a brutal time for Florida lawns with little to no shade, not to mention the oppressive humidity. You definitely need to consider this when choosing plants and grass for these sun-scorched areas.  Read More

What Plants Thrive In Florida’s Hot Summer Months

Hot Summer MonthsFlorida landscapers can choose from some of the most beautiful tropical plants in the world. Planting flowers and greenery that thrive in our brutal summer sun will guarantee your yard looks great while others turn brown and wilt. A few of the best plants to survive the hot summer months are:

  • Crepe Myrtle

No southern yard is complete without an assortment of crepe myrtles. These sun-loving, drought-tolerant blooms come in a variety of colors and will grow almost anywhere. Use them for showy flowers all summer long. Read More

12 Plants That Thrive in the Sun

Choosing sun-loving plants here in Florida is a must. There’s a reason we’re called the Sunshine state! Try these 12 plants that flourish in the full Florida sun:

  • Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia milii)Plants That Thrive in the Sun

Originally from Madagascar and believed by some to be the same plant that adorned Christ’s crown of thorns, this cactus-like plant shoots out dainty pink or white flowers on a thorny stem. Wear gloves when handling Crown of Thorns, as its sap can be mildly poisonous. Read More

Do I Need an Irrigation System for My Lawn?

Spring and summer in Florida can be a very dry time, especially when droughts occur. This makes the proper irrigation of your lawn and garden all the more important. 

Dry weather doesn’t last forever, but your diligent watering efforts during this dry season will ensure that your outdoor landscaping remains vibrant and healthy for many years to come. 

Rather than using unreliable guesswork to water your lawn each week, consider installing an irrigation system for your lawn.  Read More

How to Winterize Your Tropical Lawn

If this is going to be your first winter in Florida, you might be wondering what to expect when it comes to lawncare. It is clear that Florida’s tropical climate keeps it from truly getting cold. But that doesn’t mean your plants, trees, shrubs, and lawn aren’t going to need any winterization. Even though you’ll need lawn maintenance year-round, there are still some steps needed to winterize your lawn.

Winterizing your lawn

Winterizing your lawn starts with mowing it to the proper height. The right winter height for your turf depends on the type of grass, lawn irrigation, and other factors that are unique to your landscape. If you’re not sure what height your lawn should be mowed to during this season, contact us for assistance. Read More

How to Prepare Your Tropical Plants for Florida Winter

Even though Florida winter isn’t going to bring brutally cold temperatures or snow, but it is colder than the rest of the year. Although that doesn’t mean a lot for the plants most of the country is used to, tropical plants, shrubs, and trees are different. 

Tropical plants thrive in Florida because much of the year is very hot, humid, and rainy. But when the weather turns cool in the winter your tropical shrubs are likely to suffer. To keep your plants alive through the winter follow these tropical plant tips.

Use drop cloths to cover tropical shrubs and smaller trees.

The best advice for tropical plants is to bring them inside, but that isn’t possible when you’re talking about landscape features like shrubs and saplings. You can use old sheets, blankets, or cloth tarps to cover the bushes. This helps protect them from any frost (frozen dew). Read More

Things To Consider When Landscaping in August

Are you working on new landscaping this month or next? Late summer and early fall can be problematic times for overhauling your landscaping. There are several perils that will not just make your lawn look horrible, may actually kill your grass and plants. Here are some things to think about.

August and early September are high-humidity months.

There is a ton of humidity in the air in August and September. By this point, the rainy season has been in full swing for a while, and the earth is simply saturated. If you’re not careful, that humidity can be deadly to grass and some garden plants.  Read More

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