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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!

04 May 2015

Are You Over-Watering Your Lawn?

We all know that lawns need water, but over-watering your new green grass can be more damaging than drought conditions. To avoid damaging your lawn beyond salvation we will be discussing over-watering, and what you can do to prevent it.

New lawns are the most susceptible to over-watering that can lead to the death of your beautiful green grass. A lawn isn’t fully matured until it has been sodded for at least 6 months. During this period it is important to properly care for your yard to ensure a long lasting and healthy lawn. Much like people, grass depends on a balance of water and oxygen and can only consume one at a time. When water is present in the soil it displaces the oxygen. So, if the soil is kept saturated daily the grass will not receive the oxygen it needs, leading to shallow roots and a poor aesthetic.

Beyond a lack of oxygen an over-watered lawn makes the grass vulnerable to physical damage. When grass gets wet, especially if it is submerged, it becomes softer and more easily blemished by people and animals that walk, roll, or run across it. So, when your grass is constantly wet, you greatly increase the risk of injuring your lawn.

To maintain balance in your lawn, we recommend spacing out watering by 3 days or more. This gives your grass time to absorb the water, and your soil time to replenish with oxygen for a stronger and greener yard. For hassle free green grass in the Davie, Florida area contact Brightstar Lawn & Landscaping at 954-302-7584

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.

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.