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Monitor for Large/Brown Patch in Turf

Monitor for Large/Brown Patch in Turf

Source: UF/IFAS 2021


Diseases are problematic when all three conditions are satisfied:

  1. Disease present
  2. Susceptible plant
  3. Favorable environment

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.


Did you have a disease issue last year?

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.

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Concrete Pavers vs Natural Stone Pavers: Is it Worth The Money?

Concrete Pavers vs Natural Stone Pavers: Is it Worth The Money?

The Difference in Cost Between Concrete & Natural Stone Pavers

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.

Concrete & Natural Stone Pavers

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...

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Looking for a Great Way to Increase Your Property Value?

Looking for a Great Way to Increase Your Property Value?

Looking for a Great Way to Increase Your Property Value?

Consider Using Brick Pavers to Update your Property with a New Patio, Pool Deck, Driveway, Walkway, or Retaining Wall.

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.


Custom paver driveway installation in Orlando, FL.

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.


Paver patio installation with palm trees and water features in The Villages, FL.

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.

Pool Decks

Stone paver pool patio deck and diving board near Clermont, FL.

As summer heats up, enjoy the look and feel of a new pool deck as you cool off.

Royal uses Only #1 Grade Pavers from Belgard, Old Castle, Flagstone, & Tremrom.

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....

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Will a Paver Patio Increase Your Home's Value?

Will a Paver Patio Increase Your Home's Value?

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.

Larger patios may not recoup your total investment.

Large garden paver patio in The Villages, FL.

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:

  • The size of the patio
  • How many hardscape elements to include
  • Materials used to create the patio—pavers are a more economical choice than flagstone

A smaller patio will provide a higher return on...

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Why You Should Shop at a Local Plant Nursery

Why You Should Shop at a Local Plant Nursery

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.

Local plant nurseries are staffed with knowledgeable team members.

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:

  • When a specific plant will reach maturity
  • What type of pruning you need to perform on your plants
  • Whether annuals or perennials will...
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Sod vs. Seeding: Which Is Best for Your Property?

Sod vs. Seeding: Which Is Best for Your Property?

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.

How Long it Takes for Sod & Grass Seed to Establish Itself

Sod being rolled out and applied to a bare dirt lawn in Orlando, FL.

It can take several months for a seeded lawn to grow.

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.

See instant results with a sodded lawn.

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—<>

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Trammell Crow Residential Property Landscaping Project

Trammell Crow Residential Property Landscaping Project

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.

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When Is the Best Time to Plant Fruit Trees in Central Florida

When Is the Best Time to Plant Fruit Trees in Central Florida

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

Planting Bareroot Deciduous Trees

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.

The chill...

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3 Reasons Your Business Needs Professional Landscaping

3 Reasons Your Business Needs Professional Landscaping

Your business' facade is the first thing visitors see when they enter the premise. When your landscape beds are neatly trimmed and your lawn is healthy and green, it gives your customers more confidence in your business and the people running it. Professional landscaping increases the curb appeal of your business, saves you time and money, and gives you peace of mind.

Here are three reasons your business needs professional landscaping in Orlando, The Villages, Clermont, and the surrounding areas.

Professional Landscaping Increases Curb Appeal

These businesses in The Villages, FL benefit from added curb appeal thanks to our professional landscaping services.

We’ve all seen businesses that have overgrown properties with poorly-manicured lawns and messy landscape beds. These places don’t instill confidence in clients. A business that takes care of its property and outward appearance is much more trusted and gives confidence to customers that this business is established, doing well, and will take care of its clients.

A property that is well-maintained and immaculate tends to draw in more revenue and customers. Professional landscaping creates a professional, inviting atmosphere, thereby increasing the value of your property and subsequently the surrounding areas.

Landscapers Save You Time & Money

You have a business to run, and as such a lot of your time is dedicated to keeping it running and you don’t always have extra time to take care of your property. Hiring a professional landscaping company like Royal Landscape Nursery provides your ...

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Why Your Home or Business Needs a Custom Paver Patio

Why Your Home or Business Needs a Custom Paver Patio

Adding custom hardscaping to your home, such as a custom paver patio, adds curb appeal, offers good ROI, and adds valuable outdoor living space. When you build an attractive and durable patio, it makes it easier to take advantage of the outdoor space. Choosing where to build your patio and what features to incorporate is just as important as choosing the materials to build it with.

Pavers are a great choice when building a custom patio. They are highly durable and low-maintenance material and offer myriad possibilities in terms of creativity. If you are in Orlando, The Villages, Clermont, and the surrounding central Florida areas, here are some reasons why your home or business needs a custom paver patio.

Paver Patios Are Extremely Durable & Slip-Resistant

This paver patio in The Villages, FL will provide years of enjoyment for the homeowner.

When compared to other patio materials, pavers are near the top of the durability scale. Pavers are sturdy and stable, can stand up to the wear and tear of weather without needing protection, and won’t succumb to heavy levels of foot traffic. Unlike many other materials, pavers don’t deteriorate and are incredibly strong and long-lasting.

A key benefit to pavers over other materials is their ability to expand and contract with varying weather and humidity levels. This is very important in our area of Florida, where we can reach unimaginable levels of humidity. Pavers are also slip-resistant, making them easier and safer to walk on when they get wet. If you have a pool or...

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