Landscape Alert: Lethal Bronzing
Lethal Bronzing, previously called Texas Phoenix Palm Decline, is a relatively new bacterial disease that is causing significant palm losses in Palm Beach County and may be working its way south.
University of Florida research is determining which sap feeding insect(s) may spread it this disease. Affected species include Sabal (Cabbage), Queen, Pygmy Date and other Phoenix species, Christmas, Bismarck, Chinese Fan and Carpentaria palms.
What are you looking for?
Older fronds on palms die first turning reddish-brown, dark-brown or grayish depending on the Palm species and stage of infection. Symptoms may be confused with a simple nutrient deficiency which is why it’s important to work with a team that is trained to recognize the difference. Flower spikes may die prematurely, and fruit may drop off prematurely.
Best Practices Landscapers Follow To Protect Our Earth
All businesses (as well as individuals) have a daily impact on the world around them in some way. Those of us who are aware of our impact, take steps to reduce any negative impact on the environment as best we can. In the world of landscaping, sustainability is even more top of mind.
Sustainable landscaping practices not only reduce our carbon footprint but also have a direct impact on the local environment around us.
That’s why Nanak’s Landscaping has developed a well thought-out and researched plan to both contribute positively to the environment as well as reduce any negative impact.
Overview of Nanak’s Sustainable Landscaping Manifesto:
Sustainable Landscaping starts with good design. Good landscaping design is subjective and hinges upon the climate, space limitations and goals, of course. An experienced landscaping team will also develop a plan that works hand in hand with sustainability objectives that benefit the world around your business.
- Plant selection matters.It’s always best practices to choose native and adapted plant species. They will be resilient in their natural environment which will improve aesthetics but even more important these native plants will be more resistant to most diseases and require less watering. Water usage is especially important in times of drought or water shortage, but water conservation should be a top of mind consideration even outside of those periods.
- Plant grouping impacts water requirements. Of course, aesthetics are a key objective for plant grouping, but proper placement will allow plants to thrive again with more efficient
useof the precious resource – water.
Best practices are only effective with a solid plan for maintenance. Sustainable landscaping should be baked into the long-term maintenance plan as well.
- Arbor care with a purpose wins the game
. Strategicpruning can improve the tree’s health, reduce the risk of failure, control growth, and enhance fruiting, in addition to keeping up good appearances. Proper timing is essential, making sure to avoid waiting until the point of overgrowth and understanding the unique needs of the unique tree.
- Fertilizing with a purpose.Fertilizing is not just about the right chemicals, must be mindful of application. Sustainable landscaping will use testing mechanisms to, first, determine that fertilization is necessary then follow the best practices and regulations in place to ensure the environment is protected.
- Mowing best practices for the Florida lawn. Mowing, done the right way, increases turf density, root health as well as reducing the appearance of weeds. When the density of the turf is optimal, it will stymie stormwater runoff. Maintaining a healthy root system ensures that water and nutrients are absorbed and not wasted. The result is fewer turf weeds which translates into less herbicides.
Special Consideration for Florida’s Water In Florida, and most everywhere, special care must be given to the water table. The protection of water resources is enhanced through sustainable landscaping practices that couple technology with regulation to protect water resources where pesticides and nutrients enter groundwater and surface water. In fact, the state government of Florida is currently pushing for tighter
Nanak’s Landscaping is South Florida’s largest independent full-service grounds maintenance company serving Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach. Nanak’s Landscaping is dedicated to providing the highest quality lawn and landscape services in South Florida with a focus on commercial properties and residential communities, while at the same time ensuring that sustainable landscaping practices are also our priority.
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Our ISA-Certified Arborists® are TRAQ Certified. What does that mean for you?
ISA Certified Arborists® are required to be trained and knowledgeable in all aspects of arboriculture. They have three or more years of full-time, eligible, practical work experience in arboriculture and/or a degree in the field of arboriculture, horticulture, landscape architecture, or forestry from a regionally accredited educational institute.
Additionally, TRAQ promotes the safety of people and property by providing a standardized and systematic process for assessing tree risk. The results of a tree risk assessment can provide tree owners and risk managers with information to make informed decisions to enhance tree benefits, health, and longevity.
We are proud to offer the services of an ISA-certified Arborist to our South Florida commercial real estate clients. We service office, industrial, retail, Homeowners Associations, and golf courses.
We are equipped to assist.
Nanak’s Landscaping employs two full-time arbor care crews each equipped with 60’-reach bucket lifts, a 24-cubic yard dump truck and chipper.
We offer more than pruning.
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Are you still mindful of those New Year goals?
While the hoopla of setting those 2019 resolutions are starting to make an appearance in the rearview mirror, we encourage you to keep the goals in your sights! How is this related to proper tree pruning and arbor care techniques? Well, it sets up your entire external space up for success – and can set you up for a good year ahead. And that is what we want for you — the very best in 2019!
The structural foundation of your landscape is your trees. Making arbor care and tree pruning should be a top priority
Everything You Need to Know About Tree Pruning To Set Up This Year’s Landscape Foundation:
Reasons Tree Pruning Matters: There are three general reasons that make tree pruning tops on the list of tasks for the savvy landscaper including aesthetics, safety and tree care.
- Aesthetics – Pruning a tree effectively helps to maintain its shape and appearance supporting a tidy and structured look for your garden.
- Safety – Dead or broken branches and limbs can create a multitude of dangers in your garden. They can fall unexpectedly, obstruct your vision while driving or impact power lines if they get too close. (Of course, in South Florida, we will be especially impacted by our un-trimmed trees during Hurricane Season.)
- Tree health – Your tree’s overall health can be positively impacted by strategically pruning away infected branches and limbs. Also, proper structure builds stronger branch attachments!
Trimming vs. Pruning: Tree pruning and tree trimming are not interchangeable terms. Here’s what you need to know: Pruning is performed to provide a specific outcome for health and growth depending on the individual need while trimming is done to provide a uniform look to a grouping of trees or shrubs for appearance reasons.
Three common tree pruning mistakes to avoid: Tree pruning mishaps are common. These three tree trimming mistakes are most common:
- Cutting the branches too close to the trunk. Branches have natural defense zones and your tree might not be able to heal if you cut the branches too hard.
- Topping/Heading cuts. If branch stubs are left, it may create a decay point or new sprouts with poor attachment to the branch. This could lead to a future hazard.
- Not making relief cuts in the tree. A relief cut must be made in the branch as you remove the weight of the limb to prevent having the branch split off and damage the bark.
Benefits of pruning trees: Pruning the trees in your landscape can protect your property and help your trees thrive by removing dead, dying, diseased, crowded or weak limbs.
Getting your tree pruning timing right: Tree pruning timing can be essential to the health of your trees. For example, trees that have just leafed out in spring could be weakened by pruning too early. A better bet is to prune now (dormant season) in January or during late summer to reduce the natural damage response.
When trimming for structure and form, wait until fall when the leaves are gone, and branches can be seen and accessed easily. It’s almost always best to prune a tree during its dormant season. Specific types of trees, bushes, and shrubs may have special trimming requirements, and your expert landscaping service provider will be able to advise you on timing to fit your unique needs.
As you enter into a new year, it’s always a good idea to set goals and set your personal and business life for success. The same can be said for your landscaping plans which starts with arbor care.
Nanak’s Landscaping has been the go-to landscaping service provider for all of South Florida since 1976. For your arbor care and landscape service needs, you can count on the expertise of Nanak’s Landscaping to keep the foundation of your landscape thriving throughout 2019 and for years to come.
Contact us today for a free consultation.
Garden Spotlight: Ixora
Ixora area a typical plant in the Florida landscape and for a good reason.
The plants possess leathery leaves, ranging from 3 to 6 inches in length. The Ixora produce massive clusters of tiny flowers that bloom year-round thanks to our tropical climate. Flowers are most often found in a coral-pink color. Red, orange, goldenrod and sometimes pale green flowers are not uncommon either. A single flower cluster can last for six
to eight weeks.
HAPPY NEW YEAR! ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT GETTING IN SHAPE? WE SURE ARE!
While much of the world is thinking about getting in shape as a New Year’s resolution, in landscape it takes on a different meaning.
Did you know that January and February are the best time to prune trees in South Florida? This is the dormant period in the tree’s growth cycle. Therefore, it’s less stressful and the best time for pruning. Because trees do not have to multi-task and split energy between healing and growing, you’ll have more lush and vibrant foliage.
We were pleased to receive the following note from one of our clients: read more →
We’ve started using the Carmona as an alternative to Ilex Vomitoria or the ‘Schilling’s Dwarf, which is a very slow grower and takes forever to fill in when planted. read more →
Mother Nature & The Price of Petunias
What does the price of petunias have to do with the price of tea in China? Well, nothing but Petunia pricing, like other plant material pricing, is related to the housing market recovery. While the market recovery is positive, the downside is that it’s at the root in the rise of plant pricing whether you are purchasing for your commercial project or residential landscape So, what’s the scoop? Let us explain. read more →