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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!

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.