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Creating Compost from Your Thanksgiving Food Scraps

Most people feel that Thanksgiving leftovers belong in the fridge. While we can’t argue with the delicious viability of a Turkey Day leftover sandwich, you can put some of your unwanted food scraps like plate scrapings and turkey bones to good use.

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Fall Lawn Care Tips for an Irresistible Commercial Landscape

Lawn care in Florida is different from anywhere else in the United States. We don’t share the same seasonal changes as our fellow Americans to the north. We experience substantially more humidity than more arid areas out west, like California and New Mexico.

Nonetheless, as fall sets in, residents and businesses alike must start thinking about their landscape and prepare for the cooler temperatures winter brings. Ultimately, this planning will help greenery look its best in the fall and get it ready to burst with spring beauty once the cooler temperatures subside.

When it comes to your landscaping needs, our team from Frank’s Lawn & Tree Service wants to share our favorite fall lawn care tips. We want to ensure your commercial space looks terrific through the fall as the sunny South Florida summer draws to a close.

  • Remove Leaves

Florida doesn’t experience the extensive color changes and falling leaves as some of the more cinematic or picturesque regions of northern and midwestern America. Nevertheless, some leaves will still inevitably fall, creating a canopy that can block light, as well as trap moisture.

When leaves fall or blow onto your commercial space, it is essential to rake them away as soon as possible. Even once trees become bare, wind may still pile leaves up. Without removing them, the grass under the soggy decay will likely die by springtime.

  • Put the Mower Away

There is no need to store the mower away for the winter season just yet. However, you won’t need to trim the yard of your commercial space as often in the fall. As soon as you feel the temperature drop a bit from the normal relentless Florida heat, it is time to scale back the mowing.

South Florida provides virtually year-long heat. Regardless, grass growth will still slow during fall and winter. Mowing the grass too frequently can destroy any cool-weather progress. Similarly, you should adjust mower blades to a higher level to avoid chopping up the grass.

 

  • Avoid too Much Water

Over-watering is something we don’t worry much about in Florida when it comes to our grass. After all, in the spring and summer here, our lawn craves water due to the high heat.

 

Florida remains well-known for seemingly constant sunshine and balmy humidity. Still, the temperature numbers will drop in the fall and wintertime. This drop means that we don’t need to water quite as much or as frequently.

 

Watering too much even in mild Florida winters can potentially freeze up roots. The good news is that your commercial lawn will provide fall lawn care tips of its own. Walking on it and feeling the grass can offer a plentiful amount of information to 

determine what it needs.

 

A commercial lawn should look green and feel bouncy beneath your feet. With the right amount of effort, you can cultivate an attractive, elegant space for visitors, employees, and clients alike.

 

  • Manage Weeds

Just like any other time of year, combatting weeds remains crucially important to a beautiful landscape. These invaders sap crucial vitamins and nutrients, as well as moisture from plants, trees, and grass. 

Weeding your commercial landscape before the wintertime can help you get a head start in controlling weeds.  Weeding also lessens the chance that they may return come springtime.

 

  • Aeration and Mulch

Fall is the ideal time to aerate your commercial landscape. By aerating the lawn, this enables the maximum amount of sun, oxygen, and moisture as possible to reach the roots.

When the soil becomes too dry, aerators cannot properly pierce the hard surface. For this reason, the best way to aerate the lawn is by waiting for a moist part of the day (something we have plenty of even during the South Florida fall).

Mulching helps to protect trees and other plants adorning the landscape. However, to keep bark and stems from rotting, keep the mulch a few inches away from the base of trees and plants.

Fall Lawn Care Tips for Your Commercial Space from Frank’s Lawn & Tree Service

Fall Lawn Care TipsPreparing a commercial landscape is not all that different from residential lawn care. With some time and effort, South Floridians can plan for the fall and winter. Nevertheless, Florida remains a bit different with some unique considerations to make aside from freezing temperatures.

To learn more about these fall lawn care tips and helping your commercial space look its best all year round, contact our dedicated and professional experts from Frank’s Lawn & Tree Service today!

 

Performing a Successful Plant Transplant

Experienced as well as “greener” gardeners often encounter some fear when it comes to achieving a successful plant transplant.  Relocating a plant can prove quite tricky without the necessary knowledge and experience regarding caring for a plant’s specific needs. For this reason, extensive research is essential before beginning the process for success.

Nevertheless, a professional team like ours at Frank’s Lawn & Tree Service possesses the knowledge and experience to get the job done. We perform the key steps that can mitigate any shock that a plant may experience as a result of the move. We’re outlining some information on our process. Keep in mind the following plant transplant tips are guidelines, but they can still help South Florida Gardeners achieve victory in their relocation battles!

Time to Transplant

The best time to begin a plant transplant is during the dormancy phase.  To determine if the plant remains dormant, look at the plant, and ensure it wields no buds. The plant should cease blooming and its green foliage should have turned yellow or fallen off.

Attempting a plant transplant during summer is not often a good idea. The plant will spend the majority of its energy-producing new blooms, or even sprouting new branches. For this reason, it likely won’t possess the strength to dedicate towards adapting new roots in a new location with new soil composition.

The best way to transplant the fixture is by digging a new hole for the plant when the weather feels cool. Make sure to place it in the ground before the area becomes exposed to the heat of the day. 

Plant transplants require healthy new soil that welcomes the plant. Unfortunately, the South Florida sun can kill off a variety of necessary minerals and nutrients. This serves doubly for the plant’s roots as exposure to the air and sun typically only takes a few minutes to impart deterioration, drying out, or total collapse.

Watering the New Plant

It is vital to pay attention to newly migrated additions to a garden as you water. A plant transplant will often display stressed roots as they attempt to acclimate to their new environment. For this reason, proper watering amounts and levels are crucial. Overwatering and underwatering can cause unneeded stress to newly moved plants.

Check the soil after watering near the base of the plant about one inch down for moisture. If this area appears dry, getting out the watering can is a good idea. The first summer after moving a plant can be a challenge. Remember that watering immediately after a plant transplant is imperative for the best possible results.

Plant TransplantInformation on a Successful Plant Transplant from Frank’s Lawn & Tree Service

Many homeowners look at plant transplants as an easy task. However, some migrated plants die if they transplanted improperly or at the wrong time. Gardeners have a much better chance of success when utilizing the proper techniques.

Moving smaller trees and large shrubs may be a challenge, so enlisting professionals, like Frank’s Lawn & Tree Service, places your gardening needs in trusted hands.

For more information about making your garden thrive and plant transplant methods, contact our dedicated and professional team today to schedule an appointment!

Easy-to-Grow Plants That Repel Mosquitos

It isn’t uncommon in South Florida for homeowners and their friends or family to gather around outside for a cookout, a few drinks, and even just to talk. Everything seems perfect in our beautiful weather. Unfortunately, it isn’t long before feeling something crawling on your leg and an unpleasant sensation that results from THE MOSQUITO BITE.

Mother nature always seems to come through when we truly need her, and mosquito issues are no exception. Check out some of our favorite plants that repel mosquitos that you can install in your yard or patio area!

 

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A Late Summer Lawn Care Guide from the Pros!

If it’s one thing that all Floridians understand, it’s the summer heat. For homeowners, spring lawn care often reflects ensuring a lawn is healthy and green. Consequently, spring turns to summer, and the temperature rises, summer lawn care focuses more on keeping this greenery healthy.

The summer is also a time for barbecues, outside games with the family, as well as parties and numerous other events that result in guests and visitors tromping all over the manicured grass. For this reason, our team from Frank’s Lawn & Tree Service wants to share a summer lawn care tip or two to keep your lawn in tip-top shape!

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A Late Summer Lawn Care Guide from the Pros!

If it’s one thing that all Floridians understand, it’s the summer heat. For homeowners, spring lawn care often reflects ensuring a lawn is healthy and green. Consequently, spring turns to summer, and the temperature rises, summer lawn care focuses more on keeping this greenery healthy.

The summer is also a time for barbecues, outside games with the family, as well as parties and numerous other events that result in guests and visitors tromping all over the manicured grass. For this reason, our team from Frank’s Lawn & Tree Service wants to share a summer lawn care tip or two to keep your lawn in tip-top shape!

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What is the Difference Between Tree Topping and Tree Trimming?

At Frank’s Lawn & Tree Service, our clients often ask our specialists to “just lop the top off” to reduce the overall size of their trees. While this common practice called tree topping is a great way to recreate the “Whomping Willow” look from Harry Potter, it is actually quite harmful to most trees and plants.

What’s the difference between tree trimming and topping anyway? Well to put it plainly, when you severely cut away at a tree to decrease its size, this is topping the tree. When you take the necessary time to cut and prune the tree carefully, this is tree trimming. Topping typically leads to permanent damage to a tree while trimming enables greenery to continuously thrive.

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