Disease Process

There are many steps in the disease process, and enviromental conditions play a role in them all. Innoculation is when the pathogen comes in contact with the plant. This is always occuring on lawns. Infection is when the pathogen actually enters the plant via wounds, improperly cut leaf tissue, or natural openings. A fungus infecting a plant doesn't automatically imply disease. A pathogen must become established inside a host for the host to exhibit disease. It is at this time when the pathogen starts to disrupt the normal growth of the plant or affect the appearance. Depending on the pathogen, it may reproduce via spores. These spores may then spread to other parts of the plant.

A disease is an interaction between a plant a...


Sago care is easy making it a great plant. The sago grows primarily outdoors, but makes a great indoor plant as well. Commonly known as the "Sago Palm" they are one those plants that look like a palm but isn't a palm at all, it's a cycad.

While sagos generally prefer full sun, they will tolerate shady areas as well. They prefer dry, well drained soils, excessive moisture will lead to root rot. With minimal care, these plants can last a lifetime.

Annual fertilization is usually enough, but unusual yellowing of the leaves may indicate a magnesium or potassium deficiency. In this case iron and or Epsom salt spray can be applied at the suggested rates to the foliage, this will not undo the yellowing of the older foliage, bu...

Large patch Fungus

Large patch is a common disease of warm-season turfgrasses in spring and fall. It's caused by the fungus Rhizoctonia solani.

The fungus is present in the soil and thatch layer year-round, but only occurs under certain conditions. The fungus survives in the heat of summer, but thrives in cooler temps when the soil is wet. It becomes most active in temps below 70 degrees. The fungus spreads in the thatch layer and infects the grass's sheath, stolens and roots. It is especially severe in poorly drained and OVER-FERTILIZED turfgrass.

Proper fertilization is a must to help prevent outbreaks of large patch. It also helps to improve drainage in areas that hold water or stay saturated for long periods. Mowing at the proper height wi...


Phototropism is the growth of an organism which responds to a light stimulus. This involves growth toward a light source. In this pic, these palms are crowded by other trees and are growing towards the area of the most sunlight. How does this work? Plants first sense the light with photoreceptors, which are molecules consisting of protein and pigment that absorbs light. When the light is absorbed, the protein changes shape, initiating a signaling pathway. Plants contain a hormone called auxin, which coordinates growth and behavioral processes throughout life cycles. Auxin is responsible for the curvature of the stems allowing the plants to grow in a given direction.


Mulch Madness

Mulch is a newly planted shrub or tree's best friend. It is very important to mulch after any new landscape installs. Mulch is valuable for landscape health and care because:

Mulch insulates the soil helping to provide a buffer from heat and cold temperatures.

During dry conditions, mullch retains water helping to keep roots moist.

Mulch helps keep weeds out to help prevent root competition.

Mulch helps prevent soil compactation.

Mulch reduces mower and line trimming damage.


Healthy Lawn Tips

Keys to a healthy lawn:

Proper fertilization, don't over fertilize!

Proper irrigation

Proper mowing

All these practices help decrease your lawns susceptibility to insects and disease.


Got Palms?

Is this what your palms look like? Call us today and get a free quote, and get your palms hurricane ready! During storms, loose fronds can be dangerous, especially in high winds. Protect your home, and keep the HOA away all at the same time! Fronds on palms can weigh well over a hundred pounds each. Fronds don't always fall to the ground singularly, they often get lodged inside other fronds and all fall at once, subjecting anything under it to danger, this could be a your roof, landscaping, or a person. It's very important to keep you palms healthy and safe all year long!


Importance Of Identifying Pests

Being able to identify insects in or around the home helps you to know if the insect is dangerous, an agricultural pest, or beneficial. When we know how insects live, what they eat, and how they interact with our environment, we can decide which strategy to use (integrated pest management, IPM) baits, sprays etc, to help manage them in and or around the home, lawns, and ornamentals. We also have to know if the insect is beneficial or not. We don't want to eliminate pollinators or beneficial's that eat problem pests on our plants. Our technicians at McGuire's Beautiful Outdoors are trained to identify your pest or any other problems and decide a plan of action and set a threshold to keep all of our clients happy.

Damage From The storm?

Our arbor care tree service can clean up your trees from this past hurricane and also get them prepared for any possible storms. We are fully licensed and insured with 3 ISA certified arborists on staff. We are ready to help with all of your arbor care needs from trimming trees, pruning palms, stump grinding and removals, and general clean ups. Call for your free quote today. Don't wait until it's too late!

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