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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!