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27 Aug 2017
Florida’s Invasive Plant Species

Florida’s Invasive Plant Species

As Florida residents, it is our responsibility to help stop the spread of invasive plant species that can displace native plant life. Exotic plants have been introduced from locations all over the globe, and for a variety of different reasons; one of them being landscaping. When plants lack the natural environmental factors that helped control their population in their natural habitat, the result can be unchecked growth at the expense of Florida’s indigenous plants. Here are just a few examples of the invasive plant species that have plagued our state:

  • Old World Climbing Fern, or lygodium japonicum, consists of dense leafs that can stem and continue growing from virtually any location on the plant. Native to Australia, this invasive weed can cover entire trees, killing them by stealing their sunlight. Old world climbing fern also poses a fire danger, because they can allow ground fires to spread to the tree tops.
  • Mexican Petunia, or ruellia tweediana, has been introduced for landscaping purposes, and its sellers often claim it provides nectar to butterflies, despite the absence of scientific evidence. This purple flower is very aggressive, and has been found in natural areas throughout the state.
  • Brazilian Pepper Tree, or schinus terebinthifolius, was brought to Florida as a decorative plant in the 1800s, and has since spread to almost a million acres. Today a serious nuisance, this shrub forms dense, tangled thickets. Its berries are eaten and spread by birds, and its sap is a skin irritant that produces effects similar to its relative poison ivy. Burning the wood also produces poisonous smoke.

As Davie’s expert landscapers, Brightstar Lawn & Landscape can help you identify Florida’s native plants to use in your yard while avoiding the use of invasive species. Contact us today, and let us help you promote the natural beauty of our state’s native plants in your yard.

28 Mar 2016

Lawn Fertilization Tips Davie

Fertilizer provides the needed nutrients for your lawn to grow lush and green. Without it, the grass is unlikely to grow healthy and full. It may also not be as green as you want it to be. Optimal fertilization results occur when the product is applied accurately, with correct amounts evenly. If coverage is inconsistent, growth will be as well, making your lawn look sloppy. Too much fertilization also has its negative impact, including causing thatch buildup that can, among other things, harbor large populations of disease-causing organisms and insects, causing an increase in pest problems in your yard. Applying too much fertilizer can have a potentially negative environmental impact, such as an overgrowth of algae and aquatic weeds caused by the fertilizer runoff, which can damage wildlife and greenery. Brightstar Lawn Service applies a slow release product, which means that your lawn will get the nutrients it needs over time. In particular, this provides a small but steady supply of nitrogen – the nutrient responsible for green growth and optimized health, which reduces the risk of disease and fungus growth.

 

11 Jan 2016
Brightstar Lawn & Landscaping Hazardous Plant Species

Plants That Pose a Pet Hazard

As Davie’s premier provider of landscaping services, Brightstar Lawn & Landscaping knows how much plants can add to our homes and yards. But while we may enjoy the natural beauty of our plants, we must be careful that they aren’t posing a danger to our furry companions. Here are some common plants to south Florida that are poisonous to dogs:

  • Angel Trumpet is a flower in the Solanaceae family. Characterized by a yellow-orange flower that hangs downward and resembles the bell of a trumpet, all parts of the plant are potentially toxic, but more so with the leaves and seeds.
  • Oleander is a widespread evergreen tree or shrub that produces clusters of white, pink, or red flowers. It is a popular plant for gardens across the country. All parts of this plant are toxic to both dogs and humans.
  • Zamia Coontie, also known as Florida arrowroot, is a cycad that is often mistaken for a fern or palm plant. The plant usually stays close to the ground, and generates distinctive seed cones with a red hue. All parts of this plant are toxic to dogs and humans.
  • Zamia Cardboard, or cardboard palm, is another cycad. It is a low shrub consisting of broad leaves. Like its relative the coontie, it produces seed cones and is toxic to people and animals if consumed raw.

These plants cause damage to dogs’ livers and hearts when ingested. Signs that your pet has eaten one of these plants include upset stomach, diarrhea, and vomiting. If you think your pet has ingested a poisonous plant, calmly seek the help of a local veterinary expert right away. For landscaping options for your Davie home that are appealing as well as pet-safe, contact Bright Star Lawn & Landscaping today!

01 Oct 2015

What Are Hazard Trees?

If you’re a homeowner, you know that there’s a lot for you to keep an eye on. Lawn maintenance, mulching, the list goes on and on.  But there’s one aspect of your property that it’s critically important to watch, and that’s if you’ve got hazard trees.

A hazard tree is defined as a tree with a structural defect that can cause all or part of the tree to fall on someone or something of value. In plain English, if you’ve got a dead or diseased tree that could land on someone or cause damage, you’ve got a hazard tree. First of all, you need to make sure your loved ones and your home aren't in an impact zone. Also, it’s a sad fact of modern life that we live in a litigious time. As a home or property owner, if a hazard tree damages something or causes injury or death, you could be held liable.

There’s one more aspect to consider, however. Just because a tree looks problematic doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily a danger. It’s one thing to get rid of a problem, but the removal of a tree should be a last resort. Wise tree managers strike a balance between preserving as many trees as possible and removing threats to life and property.

If you think you have a hazard tree, or just need your trees trimmed, call the friendly professionals at Bright Star Lawn. We’re the premiere tree removal service for Davie, Weston and Pembroke Pines, and we’re committed to delivering the best service in the industry

11 Aug 2015

Adding Curb Appeal To Your Home

People often say you can’t judge a book by its cover, and while the saying is popular, there is a reason books have covers in the first place. As people come to your home they are creating judgments of your home, your lifestyle, your neighborhood before they ever even reach the front door. Whether you are trying to increase the value of your neighborhood, your home, or just trying to impress house guests, curb appeal is your home’s first impression. You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.

Keep Your Grass Green

Green grass is a symbol of a healthy yard, and an owner who knows how to take care of their home. whether consciously or subconsciously, a visitors intake of the condition of your grass resonates with their opinion of your home.

Remove Stumps

It is interesting how you can tell the condition of a neighborhood, by simply checking the lawns for stumps. You will notice when you drive through less than desirable neighborhoods, there are still stumps from former trees in many of the yards, whereas desirable neighborhoods rarely ever display the corpse of their former trees. Stump Grinding offers an affordable way to remove old stumps.

Improve Design

While the other two steps are obvious choices, you may find that your curb appeal still leaves something to be desired. If this feeling sweeps over you, it’s time to call in the professionals for their landscaping opinion.

Whether you are looking for green grass, stump removal, or landscape design and installation, Brightstar Lawn & Landscaping offers premium yard services in the Davie, Florida area. Contact us today for your free quote.

13 Jul 2015

4 Reasons To Add Trees To Your Landscaping

Lush green yards are a passion of ours, but green grass on its own leaves something to be desired. One great way to add a new focal point to your landscaping efforts is by adding a tree to your yard. Below are 4 reasons to add one or more trees to your landscaping efforts.

Prevent Erosion
The trees roots hold soil in place and slow runoff. Runoff from our land can be damaging, as it carries pesticides and fertilizers into our local water supply. This is especially important for places that receive a lot of rain, like Davie, Florida.

Avoid Heat Islands
Because trees create shade and cooler temperatures through the water vapor stored in a tree’s leaves, you are able to avoid the dreaded heat island created by large amounts of stone, concrete, and dark roofs.

Fresh Air
Trees remove carbon dioxide from the air and converts it to our much needed oxygen. Beyond creating the air that we breathe, trees also absorb odors creating a better smelling environment. Trees actually remove many pollutants, taking them from the air and absorbing them into its leaves and bark.

Prosperity
Well maintained landscapes, including those with trees, increase property values. It is also said that tree-lined streets slow down drivers, making a safer environment for kids and an ideal area for businesses.

If you would like to learn more about trees and your landscaping contact Brightstar Lawn & Landscaping today. Located in Davie, Florida, Brightstar is your go to landscaping company.

 

14 Jan 2015

Get Your Yard Ready for Spring in Pembroke Pines

We are about halfway through January and before you know it will start to really warm up and spring will be here. With the budding and blooming of new flowers and plants, it will be time to start enjoying your yard again. However, your yard will require some preparation prior to the warm weather. Help your yard bounce back from the rainy winter season and look its best this spring with the proper preparation steps.

  1. Aerate Your Yard- Aerating your lawn is one of the best ways to promoting a healthy yard. It allows fresh air to penetrate the soil as well as provides new ways for water to reach deep into the soil. This also help prevents over saturation. Aerating should be done towards the end of the rainy winter season. You can rent an aerator and do this yourself or you can have a professional do it as well.
  2. Take Early Measures to Prevent Weeds- At the first signs of new growth, be sure to take preventative measures against weeds. You will want to pull all small weeds as soon as you see them as they will only become more difficult to eradicate. You can also use different lawn solutions that help prevent the growth of weeds.
  3. Trim and Prune Your Perennials- Many trees and shrubs should always be trimmed and pruned to help facilitate future growth. Late winter and early spring are usually good times to start thinning out your trees and shrubs.

Preparing your lawn for spring is just as important as caring for it throughout the season. Much of the preparation can be done yourself however, if you find you are struggling with yard duties and tasks, contact Bright Star Lawn. We are your premier lawn service company in Pembroke Pines. We would be happy to help you get your lawn looking its best.

18 Nov 2014

Even Our Standard Lawn Service in Davie Goes Above and Beyond

Hiring a lawn service in Davie doesn’t mean you have to pay a lot of money, or even that you need to have a lot of yardwork that needs to be done. We scale our services to the needs of our clients, so whether you need your multiple-acre-garden tended or you just need the lawn mowed, we’re here for you. In fact, our standard lawn service goes above and beyond to make sure you are thrilled with the final results. Check out everything that’s included in our service:

  • Mowing the entire lawn. We’ll give you back hours of your time by taking care of the mowing for you! We use great equipment to get the best results for your lawn without tearing or harming your grass.
  • Edge trimming around posts, fencing, trees, and along the sidewalk. Your yard will look nice and neat, all without lifting a finger of your own.
  • Clean up of the clippings on sidewalks, driveways, and other areas. We want to make sure we leave your lawn looking better than how we found it, so we’ll make sure we clean up after ourselves.

We recommend mulching your yard, since it’s best for your lawn. If that’s not preferable for your lawn, let us know! We’re happy to bag and remove the clippings whenever needed.

Need more than just your lawn mowed? We also offer weed pulling, fertilization, trimming, and landscaping design and installation. So no matter what your lawn needs, we’ll make sure it gets what it needs. Call us or visit our website to learn more about all of our services.

16 Oct 2014

The Importance of Maintaining Your Davie Landscaping

Some people think that great landscaping around their home has to cost a fortune and require endless amounts of time to maintain. It doesn’t have to be that way! Our Davie landscaping company can help create landscaping around your home that is beautiful and easy to maintain, all while staying within your particular budget. That way you get the beautiful yard you want without the high bills or endless hours of work.

While we can create landscaping options that aren’t time consuming, it is still important to maintain your landscaping. Your landscaping does more than make your yard look good–it actually increases the value of your home. If you ever plan on selling your home, the curb appeal of your property will affect its value. You can actually get more money for your property when it has properly maintained landscaping.

That doesn’t mean you have to do all the landscaping work yourself. Our team can do it for you! Give our Davie landscaping company a call and we’ll come out to your home and perform the necessary maintenance on your property so it looks its very best. We can perform one-time jobs or set up maintenance on an on-going basis. Let us know what you–and your home–need!

You can get in touch with Brightstar by giving us a call or visiting our website and using the online contact form. We’re looking forward to working with you on the installation and maintenance of the landscaping around your home. You’ll love what we can do!

14 Oct 2014

Our Davie Landscaping Team Gives You Tips for Fall

Fall is here, but the temperatures are still plenty warm here in Florida. While we don’t face the wild temperature variations that other areas of the country are beginning to experience, there are things you’ll want to do for your lawn to prepare it for the winter season and a healthy spring. One of the most important things our Davie landscaping team recommends to clients is a simple task that’s overlooked by many Floridians: pick up your leaves.

Depending on the type of trees you have in your yard, you may be able to skip this tasks entirely during the fall season. However, if you have trees that lose leaves as the days grow shorter, you’ll want to make sure you remove the leaves from your grass. That’s because leaves can act as an insulating cover to your lawn that is almost too effective–leaves can actually smother the grass underneath, preventing it from getting the sunlight and moisture that it needs in order to grow. If you allow leaves to stay on your lawn, you may uncover a dead, muddy landscape in the spring.

Our Davie landscaping team recommends using leaves as a compost in your gardens, or if you only have a few leaves on the ground you can mow over them. Better yet, call our team to take care of them for you! We’ll make sure that the leaves are removed from your grass and disposed of properly. You can enjoy a beautiful yard year-round with our help! Call and make an appointment with our Davie landscaping team today.