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

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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 Continue Reading

ARTISTREE WELCOMES BACK RETURNING SNOWBIRDS.

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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

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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?

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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

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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.

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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

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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?

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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

DO YOUR PALMS MEASURE UP PRICE-WISE?

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Q:  I’ve renovated my landscape several times but am never sure if I’m comparing apples to apples when reviewing designs from different companies.  Could you enlighten me on the industry lingo used for palms so I know exactly what I’m paying for? A:  First, we’re glad you’re always keeping your landscapes fresh and new.  Many people don’t realize the life expectancy of plants in Southwest Florida.  The biggest challenge when comparing designs and costs is the size of the recommended palm.  Continue Reading

MULE PALM ADDS KICK TO FLORIDA LANDSCAPES.

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One of ArtisTree’s favorite palms is the rare mule palm, distinguished by a trait of its mammal namesake: Neither can reproduce.  Native to Florida, the mule palm isn’t inexpensive; however, it does offer characteristics that no other palm can beat. A cross between a Queen palm and the Pindo, this sturdy hybrid brings you the best of all worlds—aesthetics, fast growth, salt and drought tolerant, and extremely hardy in Southwest Florida’s cold and windy pockets. Mule palms can withstand Continue Reading