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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!

13 Mar 2015

Sod Installation This Spring and Revitalize Your Lawn

Sod Installation

Spring is right around the corner and soon it will be the perfect time to start fixing up your Davie home’s landscaping. Are there parts of your lawn that just look dry, dead, and unsightly? Well, summer is a great time to replace those damaged parts of your lawn with new, beautifully vibrant sod. At Bright Star Lawn & Landscaping, we offer sod replacement services that will restore and revitalize your lawn.

When you decide to lay your sod has a direct effect on how successful it will be. Deciding to re-sod your lawn can be a big investment so, you want to ensure that it is done correctly. the best times of year to lay sod are in the spring and fall. You want avoid laying sod in the middle of the summer due to the intense heat. It is harder to establish the sod and it will require a significantly larger amount of water to do so, which can also lead to a diseased lawn. Spring and fall typically have cooler temperatures but they are still warm enough to facilitate the growth and establishment, creating the perfect environment. When we deliver and install your sod, we will ensure that the site is properly prepared, as well as lay it right away so your sod is healthy and ready for establishment.

Transform your worn and damaged lawn this spring with our sod services. The landscaping experts at Brightstar Lawn & Landscaping know what it takes to create and establish a beautiful lawn that will continue to grow and thrive. Let us help you get a beautifully, lush green lawn.

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.