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Source: UF/IFAS 2021
Why Flowering Trees?
Most trees, like pines, oaks, elms, hickories, ashes, and maples, produce relatively inconspicuous flowers. If you have room for another tree and want to add a splash of seasonal color, there are many options at your disposal in Central Florida. These trees also give a sense of seasonality in an environment that is relatively verdant throughout most of the year.
Where Temperate Meets Tropic
The climate of Central Florida presents an interesting problem for those seeking to liven their landscapes with flowering plants – the location is juxtaposed between temperate and tropical climates. In USDA Hardiness Zone 9b, it is just cold enough for frosts to remove most tropical flowering trees from consideration, but too warm and physiologically stressful for most of the intense flowering species used throughout the rest of the country. When people think of temperate flowering trees, it is the cherries, pears, crabapples, and other members of the rose family that tend to come to mind. In 9b, some of their relatives like flatwoods plum and Carolina laurel-cherry are still potential candidates for landscaping, but the cold-hardiest members of the tropics are often all that can be used here without heavy wind or frost protection.
Flowers Don’t Last Forever
Seasonality of flowering is highly linked to plant origin. Plants from temperate areas will usually begin flowering in the spring....
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Source: UF/IFAS 2021
Diseases are problematic when all three conditions are satisfied:
Large Patch, also known as Brown Patch, is a disease of warm season turfgrasses that rears its ugly head during the most beautiful time of the year, Florida Fall. The cooler conditions below 80 degrees combined with prolonged wetness encourages Large Patch growth in the turf.
Think about things that you can and cannot control. Temperature is managed by nature. Rain, also nature. But irrigation and fertilization, those are things completely within your control and how you manage these things will influence how well you can manage disease. Reduce irrigation as the season slows and the days become shorter and cooler. Stick to balanced fertilizers with a slow-release nitrogen source. Too much nitrogen will focus on pushing new growth resulting in a stressed-out plant less capable of preventing diseases.
Keep records! The history of a site will help to predict potential problems and develop management strategies such as reducing irrigation. Even the best fungicides have limited ability to cure fungal issues. Fungicides stop the spread of the disease or prevent the disease from spreading. That is why recordkeeping is one of the best ways to know what to expect, how to prevent, and what to prepare if conditions are ripe for disease development....
A property in Central Florida is never complete without an inviting and easy-to-maintain patio/walkway to enjoy the great weather. The question is, what type of material is best for your outdoor space?
Your choice will be the difference between enjoying your outdoors or stressing out with maintenance and repair. We certainly do not want to have a patio or walkway that is hard to maintain, or one that is unappealing nor unreliable for heavy use. To make it easier for you to decide, we are comparing concrete pavers vs natural stone pavers in the Orlando and The Villages areas.
Why concrete or natural stone pavers? Compared to solid concrete slabs that tend to crack in extreme weather, both concrete and natural stone pavers are great materials for patios, walkways, and driveways because of their durability and low maintenance.
Both can take extreme weather swings and can stand the test of time for decades to come. Even if a piece breaks, it will be easy and relatively inexpensive to replace just that piece.
Another common advantage of both pavers is that being built with individual pieces, such flooring can disperse or distribute the pressure during heavy use. This prevents the tendency to crack.
There are, however, other things to consider such as versatility, style, budget, and color. These are some aspects where we can see some differences...
Brick pavers come in a variety of colors, sizes, and styles. Visit Royal Landscape Nursery in Gotha and browse the area's largest pvaer display. Choose from a big selection and pick out pavers to match or enhance your existing features, or start a completely new paver project.
Brick pavers on your driveway will greatly improve the curb appeal and the value of your home, and it offers an inviting appearance each time you come home. We use only thick pavers to support vehicle use. Add to existing driveways to increase your parking areas, or create an entirely new driveway of your dreams.
Patios can be created in all shapes and sizes to enhance your outdoor living space. Added to the back yard, they provide space for entertaining guests, outdoor kitchens, and grilling areas. Consider building small retaining walls to double as seating areas.
As summer heats up, enjoy the look and feel of a new pool deck as you cool off.
All manufacturers offer a warranty and Royal offers a warranty on labor and installation services. When Royal Landscape provides a proposal for your project you can feel confident that all aspects of the project will be included in the bid....
When you own a home in central Florida, you often need to make key decisions when it comes to improving your property or adding on new features. Some features may add to your home's value, while others could potentially detract from it. One feature that you may consider adding is a paver patio.
Learn if a paver patio can help increase your home's value in The Villages, Orlando, Clermont, and nearby areas of central Florida.
If you decide to create a large full outdoor living space, it is possible you will not see a full return on that investment. Larger patios that have extensive work done on them may only recoup about 50 percent of their initial investment, according to Remodeling magazine.
In southern states such as Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, and Florida, you may see a slightly higher return on investment when you install a large patio area with all the bells and whistles such as an outdoor kitchen, custom fire pit, and more, but that's only because the warmer climate leads more people to spend time outside.
In other words, the scope of your project will directly affect the amount you may get back upon selling your home. Consider things such as:
To get everything you need for your gardening projects, you have a variety of options. There are countless box stores on every Orlando-area street, but they leave a lot to be desired with their mass-produced supplies and withering plants.
We recommend shopping at a local garden center. This way, you can gain access to several benefits including experienced staff and robust native plants. Our garden center, located in Gotha, FL, is convenient to areas such asThe Villages, Clermont, Winter Garden, Windermere, and more.
Retail stores are often staffed with underpaid employees with no proper horticulture experience. By visiting a local plant nursery, you are gaining access to passionate and knowledgable team members who want to help you find the best plants for your particular landscape.
Our staff at Royal Landscape Nursery is familiar with the Orlando and The Villages regions and what plants perform best in our climate. We offer a level of service that exceeds what you'll find in a big box establishment.
We enthusiastically answer questions you have and offer suggestions to gardening issues you may be experiencing. Our team has been in business for more than 20 years, so we can educate you on gardening information like:
Florida lawns, if not properly cared for and maintained, can often look like patchwork. Excess debris or significant weather changes can, over long periods of neglect, can cause lawns to deteriorate and grass to thin out. There are two main ways to fill out patchy lawns: lie down sod or lie down seed.
Both methods have their benefits and their drawbacks, but it really comes down to your particular timeline. If you require more immediate results, lying down sod is most likely your best option.
Here are the benefits of sod vs. seeding your property in Orlando, The Villages, Clermont, Winter Garden, and surrounding areas in central Florida.
Since seeds are—well, seeds—it takes time for them to be distributed, watered, and to grow. This process can take several months to see a fully-realized lawn. While seeding is often cheaper, the time and maintenance needed for it to properly take effect and grow far outlast that of sod.
Lying down sod produces instant results. Whereas seeding may take several months to fill in a lawn, sodding ensures that your lawn is in excellent shape from the onset. From there, proper care and maintenance are all you need. When it comes to timeliness, sod is the winner. Lying down sod means your lawn gets to looking its best in no time—<>
Royal Landscape Nursery is nearing completion on a major landscaping project for the Trammell Crow Residential property in Winter Park, FL.
Stay tuned to see after photos of the final project soon. A full project case study will follow upon completion of the project.
Thanks to our year-round warm and mild climate, many Floridians enjoy planting and caring for fruit trees around their property. Fruit trees offer many benefits, from added visual beauty, fruit production, and wildlife sustainability. One of the most common questions prospective fruit growers ask is when is the best time to plant fruit trees.
The best planting times for fruit trees vary according to your climate, the type of tree you are planting, and how the tree has been prepared for planting. In this article, we’ll cover the best time to plant fruit trees in Orlando, The Villages, Clermont, and nearby central Florida areas
Bareroot trees are trees that have been dug up from the ground when they’re dormant. These trees are usually uprooted in the fall and their roots are shaken free of all soil. Generally, bareroot trees establish themselves quicker and grow more vigorously than other transplants.
Because bareroot trees are dug up while dormant, they must be planted while they are still dormant, usually in late winter or early spring at the latest. January is the best time to plant deciduous fruit trees as this gives the roots time to establish themselves before the hotter months. When choosing deciduous trees for your central Florida property, it’s important to pick ones that have a low chill requirement as they fare better in our mild, somewhat warm winters.