Mr. D's Plant of the Week Series: Needle Palm

When you are looking for a healthy native plant, that can withstand extreme cold or scorching heat, look no further than the Needle Palm. This slow-growing, tough-as-nails, shrubby porcupine palm will grow upwards from eight to twelve feet tall and about the same width once mature. The Needle palm is an adaptable plant that will grow in the shade or the sun. However, it flourishes more when given some shade and best of all, it will tolerate a range of soils from wet to dry.

The Rhapidophyllum hystrix, (its scientific name; pronounced: rah-pid-o-fill-lum hiss-triks), from the family of Arecaceae is a native perennial plant of the United States Southeast. You’ll see it in many home and business landscapes throughout Tallahassee and Leon County. Its glossy, evergreen leaves make it a fabulous accent plant and its fiber husk protect the Needle Palm from cold, harsh winters while presenting a lush green appearance beneath established trees or new saplings.

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5 Must-Know Tips For An Attractive Tallahassee Landscape

There is no question when you ask any Tallahassee homeowner if they want their property to look beautiful all year. Without a doubt, they do. However, when they decide on doing the landscaping themselves, and it does not turn out as expected, they hate how it looks and feel they’ve wasted a lot of time and energy, and then turn to us. If you want to avoid landscape frustration, then follow these five Dickerson Landscaping and Lawn Care tips, and you’ll always have an attractive piece of real estate.

What you should know about your soil

When you purchase any plant, the soil it’s transplanted to is crucial to its longevity. The reason for that is some plants will flourish in soil with more acidity, while others will not. Additionally, sandy soils and clay soils will impact individual plants differently and whether or not they will thrive in your landscape’s setting. If there are plants you want in your yard, but the ground is not ideal, then improving the soil is your first step.

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10 Old-School Remedies That Stops Lawns From Dying

For those of us who used the old reel push mowers as kids, we got excited when our parents finally bought a gas-powered mower. But, even with new lawn care devices and chemical treatments, nothing beats these homegrown tips and techniques our grandparents once taught us. Oddly enough, they still work today to help your grass grow lush and green every summer.

1. It’s Time For Composting

Besides regular watering, lawns need food as well. But before you reach for those synthetic fertilizers that attract pests, consider laying down a layer of compost. It is an all-natural solution that adds organic matter back into the ground resulting in a healthier lawn.

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Lawnmower Blade Maintenance Tips for the Tallahassee Do-It-Yourselfer

The secret to getting a perfect lawn cut every time starts with your mower’s blade. If you always want a great looking lawn, then a sharp, well-balanced lawnmower blade is a must. A dull one, on the other hand, will cut, but it will shred the tips of your turf, and the lawn will look uneven.

After a few days, those ragged ends can turn brown ruining the appearance of your grass, even worse the damaged tips become entry points for disease. So, you’ll want to inspect your blade at least once a year. However, if you are mowing where the conditions are sandy or on rough terrain Dickerson Landscaping and Lawn Care recommend inspecting your blades at least once a month.

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