COMPARISONS OF COMMON ST. AUGUSTINE CULTIVARS

Grass blades

ArtisTree Landscape is frequently asked what type of sod is best to install, and our answer is always “it depends.” Many residential communities limit and/or control the type of sod you can install -- here in Southwest Florida it’s typically St. Augustine or Zoysia. Popular St. Augustine sod has several cultivars to consider based upon the traffic they will need to weather, access to water and sunlight, and the “foot” feel you prefer. Below, we’ll briefly compare three of the most commonly Continue Reading

PUT A LITTLE HEAVEN IN YOUR LANDSCAPE WITH HELICONIA.

Heliconia

Derived from the Greek word helikonios, Heliconia is a cousin to the banana and often mistaken for Bird-of-Paradise. Most species are native to South and Central America; however, a few have been naturalized in Florida. Common names for Heliconia include lobster-claws, wild plantains or false bird-of-paradise. The unusual bracts appear in the warmer months of the year and will grow up to four feet tall (some varieties are much larger). It prefers partial shade and regular food and water to Continue Reading

YOU LOVE IT, YOU LOVE IT NOT, YOU LOVE IT…

Daisy

You love the mowing, the pruning, the tree detail and mulching. But what you really really love is low pricing. Thing is, when you pull back on what you’re willing to spend, contractors have to pull back on services if they wish to stay profitable. So what can you live with? Every-other-week mowings instead of weekly? Occasional prunings vs. a regular schedule? A “that’s not our job” attitude vs. proactive service? Pulling services one by one to get to a rock-bottom price risks the health and Continue Reading

ARTISTREE WELCOMES BACK RETURNING SNOWBIRDS.

Snowbird

Glad to see you back in Florida, our northern friends. Are you in the mood to fluff your feathers in a newly renovated landscape? Now’s the perfect time to call and get your project started with the landscaper that luxury builders use -- no matter if you just want to liven up your entry area or go the whole nine yards with with plant material, hardscapes and lighting. Call Jenni Lassen at 941.488.8897 to schedule your appointment. Our experienced designers will present you with sustainable Continue Reading

SEA GRAPE FOR YOUR BEACHFRONT ESCAPE

seagrape2

Searching for a large, interesting shrub for your Southwest Florida beachfront home? Consider the sea grape. Just because it grows wild along the coast doesn’t mean you can’t introduce it to your residential landscape. In fact, its tolerance for salty, dry and windy conditions makes a perfect windbreak, noise barrier and sand-dune stabilizer around your property. Reaching more than eight feet wide and tall, the sea grape’s female variety will produce clusters of fruit that resemble grapes. Continue Reading

LANDSCAPING INCREASES VALUE BY HOW MUCH?

abc

I want to redo the landscape in my yard and need help establishing a budget. What percentage of my home's value should be put into landscaping? What percentage can I expect to get back if I were to sell? How much will my house appreciate due to professional landscaping? Answer:  Real estate studies suggest that you can increase the value of your home 5-15 percent by upgrading your landscape from poor to good. What constitutes a "good" landscape is somewhat arbitrary, and how much of a boost Continue Reading

CHRISTMAS CACTUS: A BRILLIANT HOLIDAY CHOICE

Christmas cactus

Q: Other than the ubiquitous poinsettia, are there any other houseplants that also bloom during the holiday season? A:  Why of course! Mother Nature has given us a whole palette of winter-blooming plants to deck our halls. One of ArtisTree’s favorites is the Christmas cactus, native to the humid, coastal mountains of southeastern Brazil.  It grows easily on rocks or trees in its native habitat, but with the right care, it can make a wonderful holiday houseplant that can bloom even at Continue Reading

STROMANTHE IS MADE FOR THE SHADE.

stromanthe 3

Q:  I’m looking for a shade-loving tropical with showy color that will uplift a “just green” landscape.  What would you suggest? A:  In Southwest Florida, where our winters typically don’t get too long or cold, we’d recommend the tricolor stromanthe.  Its variegated foliage of cream and green on the top and reddish-pink on the bottom thrives in the shade, as long as you plant it in moist, well-drained soil.  Too much sun will cause the leaves to sunburn and produce unsightly brown splotches, Continue Reading

Poinsettia Perfection

Closeup of red poinsettia flowers

As a landscape company who enjoys giving poinsettias at Christmas, ArtisTree knows a thing or two about selecting and caring for this beloved holiday symbol; therefore, we thought it timely to share some tips with you so your holiday guests will be amazed at your Christmas décor. Start by selecting a poinsettia with dark green foliage topped with evenly spaced bracts in proportion to the plant. (The colored bracts, often mistaken for flower petals because of their groupings and colors, are Continue Reading

CRABGRASS OR GOOSEGRASS?

Young Man with Magnifying Glass

Q:  Two almost-identical weeds have cropped up in my St. Augustine turf, but I can’t identify them well enough to determine how to get rid of them. I’ve included photos for you. A:  Lucky you! You have goosegrass and crabgrass, and they are hard to distinguish unless you have a trained eye.  ArtisTree deals with these pesky weeds a lot when managing the maintenance of a new community, so you’ve come to the right place. Goosegrass is a warm-season, grassy weed that predominates in compacted Continue Reading