MAKE SURE YOUR IRRIGATION EXPERT ISN’T WET BEHIND THE EARS.

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According to the Florida Forest Service, many areas of our state are experiencing abnormally low precipitation to severe drought, even though water defines Florida with two bordering oceans, Lake Okeechobee and 50,000 miles of rivers, streams and waterways. So when it comes to watering your landscape, ask your certified irrigation specialist to make sure your system is running efficiently -- especially as we move into the hot summer months ahead. He or she should inspect everything closely so Continue Reading

BIG WIN!

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It's official! ArtisTree has been voted "Best Landscaper" by readers of Sarasota Magazine. We are so excited and thank everyone for this honor -- it means a lot to us. Be sure to see all the winners in Sarasota Magazine's May issue! Continue Reading

DON’T LET YOUR TURF BE A PAIN IN THE GRASS

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In honor of National Lawn Care Month, ArtisTree shares these tips from the National Association of Landscape Professionals. Read them and reap. Myth #1: You can water your lawn and landscape any time of day. Reality: Water is a valuable resource; make every drop count! Watering your lawn in the early mornings or evenings after sunset minimizes evaporation. It’s the best time for water to penetrate deep into the soil. Myth #2: It’s OK to cut your grass very short. Reality: Most landscape Continue Reading

Flamingos Land In The Concession

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The grand reveal! This landscape for a Arthur Rutenberg/Nelson Homes residence was designed by ArtisTree Designer Joe Mantkowski and installed by our exceptional A-Team. Joe remembered the homeowners saying how much they loved pink flamingos and decided he'd surprise them with a few (well, 50 of them). After seeing the exotic birds on their property, the wife thanked Joe for remembering what they said at their initial meeting and has decided to keep the flamingos. http://youtu.be/DdZXThdYj4c Continue Reading

COMPARISONS OF COMMON ST. AUGUSTINE CULTIVARS

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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.

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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…

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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 and 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