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Jun
10
Feast Or Famine

Every year it seems to be feast or famine as far as far as rainfall is concerned. Excess rainfall is just as bad as drought stress to a lawn and landscape, it can cause numerous problems such as lawns thinning, dead patches, lawns that are off color, and plant die off. Other symptons can be a great looking lawn in the morning and wilting leaf tissue and foliage by the afternoon, brown spots, and dieback. You may have no insect activity during a drought and then a whole slew of activity once the rains start. The key to managing all this is a proper monthy chemical program that includes fertilization, insect, weed and disease control. At Mcguires Beautiful Outdoors our program is designed around your lawn and landscape needs ea...


May
29
Drought Stress

Drought tolerance is a measure of how well your grass will survive dry spells. There are a few management practices that you can follow to help improve the drought tolerance of your lawn. The objective is to have a good quality, healthy lawn, that can survive drought conditions with little or no irrigation during drought conditions. Less frequent, longer watering will help establish a deep root system. Small amounts of watering several times a week will cause roots to become shallow and only staying on the top few inches of the soil, as a result, they are not able to get down deep enough to find water during dry spells. Rule of thumb, apply 1/2 to 3/4 inches of water when irrigating, more may be required for sandy soils, less...


May
15
Spanish Moss

Spanish Moss despite its name is not a moss at all, but a Bromeliad, a perennial herb in the pineapple family. Spanish Moss are epiphytes. Epiphytes grow on other plants but do not rely on their nutrients. They take nutrients from the air and debris that collects on the plant. Spanish Moss has permeable scales which catch moisture and debris/nutrients. Spanish Moss prefers moist environments, but its ability to collect water lets it survive during dry conditions. It attaches itself by wrapping around a plant surface. Many homeowners think Spanish Moss will kill their tree, this is not the case because moss is not a parasitic. It uses the trees for support. If you notice a decline in a tree after Spanish Moss has infested it...


May
01
The Facts On Fertilizing Your Florida Lawn And Landscape

A beautiful Florida lawn and landscape is attainable with a few basics such as fertilizer, irrigation, pest control, and proper mowing and pruning practices. All lawns and plants require essential elements for health and growth. Nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium are all macronutrients which are needed in large quantities. Micronutrients, iron, manganese, and boron, are needed in much smaller amounts. For homeowners, a complete fertilizer containing nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium should be enough to get you by pending any unforeseen problems, which is when you may need to apply insect, weed, or disease control. This is where it can become difficult, you must know what the problem is to treat it correctly. ...


Apr
23
How Turf Irrigation Affects Your Landscape

It's important to remember that when you are watering your lawn, depending on the design of your irrigation system, you may be watering your landscape plants as well. Plants usually have different watering requirements than turfgrass, and may be over or under watered if your basing your water times off your lawns needs. The importance of a properly designed irrigation system to fit your lawn and landscapes needs is an absolute must for success, along with a proper fertilization, insect and disease control program, and proper maintenance. Call for your irrigation inspection today and find out how McGuire's Beautiful Outdoors can help you achive the best possible lawn and landscape for years to come!

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Apr
03
The Gist on Jasmine

Jasmine is a flowering plant that belongs to the Olive family. There are about 200 species. Jasmine prefers sunny areas, in fertile well drained soils, so clay is not ideal. Jasmine do prefer moist soils and need regular watering while flowering, they don't do well during long periods of drought. Jasmine grows as a shrub and as a vine. Flowers are mainly white and form in clusters which usually bloom in spring and summer. Jasmine does have a few insects and diseases that can be a problem from time to time, so an insect and disease control program is recommended.

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Mar
15
Do you really need to rake all those leaves?

The answer to the question is no. The catch is, as long as the leaves aren't covering more than 20% of your lawn. Excessive leaf matter can be bad as it will smother your grass. McGuire's Beautiful Outdoors uses mulching kits on all our mowers which chops leaves into small pieces so they fall down into the canopy. This is beneficial because the nutrients and organic matter benefit the lawn and soil. Some leaf types have been shown to reduce weed germination when mulched into the canopy. Most leave drop also occurs while Florida lawns are in their dormant state, so no new growth is being affected. So before you get that rake out, give mulching a try!

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Feb
26
Grassy Shrubs May Be Just What Your Looking For

Grassy shrubs may be exactly what your landscape needs. Low maintenance, all our practically pest free with minimal disease issues, and they can be planted in almost all soil types from full sun to partial shade areas. Overall most varities tolerate drought conditions which is always a plus in Florida. Pruning can be done if they become too large for an area, or left alone and only pruned to remove dead or unsightly foliage.

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Feb
14
Aeration

Aeration is a must for a healthy lawn. Aeration removes small cores of soil, turf, and thatch from your lawn, to help the uptake of water and nutrients. It helps to thicken your lawn, and improve the effectiveness of irrigation and fertilizer and pest control applications. Aeration should be done annually, but sometimes if soil is compacted, twice a year may be needed.

Aeration:

Improves lawn health

Helps control thatch

Helps keep your root system healthy to aid against insects and diseases

Helps relieve soil compactation

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Jan
30
Crown Rot

Crown rot is a disease caused by a soil-borne fungus which can be active in soils indefinitely. Wet humid weather is mainly to blame, and symtoms vary from plant to plant. Most symtoms go unnoticed until it's too late. Rotting may appear on one side or only on lateral foliage at first, then eventually spread to the rest of the plant. Diseased areas may appear discolored, usually tan or dark colored, which is an indicater of dead tissue. As crown rot progresses, the plant will begin to wilt and quickly die. Prevention is key, due to the fact theres usually not much that can be done to save the plant once diseased. Remove infected plant. Replace area of soil about 8 inches deep and 6 inches beyond the infected area. Correc...


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