Managing Water Features in Landscaping

Imagine some of the prettiest landscaping you’ve ever seen. Was it a high end resort? A city park? Or maybe it was a college campus or a golf course? Some of the best examples of landscaping have something in common. Well, something besides the fact that they are all well maintained. Many of them also have water features as a central attraction. And for good reason, they are gorgeous. Well, they are gorgeous as long as they are properly maintained.

Why Do You Maintain Lakes and Ponds?

It might seem silly if you’ve never heard of it before. Why would anyone need to partake in something called lake management? It’s a body of water, right? Doesn’t it just sit there? Well, it could, but chances are it would get murky, it would attract mosquitoes and eventually it would start smelling really bad. Imagine what would happen if those high end resorts had a murky pond that smelled like dead fish. It wouldn’t be good. If you have any type of lake or pond on your property it is important to keep it maintained all year long, not just during the summer.

How Do You Maintain Lakes and Ponds?

Different bodies of water have different requirements. If there is no source of running water, such as a fountain or a waterfall, you may need to have an aerator to help keep water clean and flowing and avoid a build up of algae. If you do have a build up of algae or pond scum you may need to start using herbicides to eradicate unsightly plant growth before it becomes problematic. Or perhaps you need help finding appropriate flowers and plants for lakeside landscaping. Or maybe you want to stock up your pond with fish and aren’t sure what kind would … Read More...

How To Deal With Insect Infestations

If you live in Florida, it’s probably no big surprise to hear that the state is ranked as the buggiest state in the country. From termites to wasps, nuisance insects abound in the Sunshine State.  As spring has arrived and temperatures and humidity are on the rise, these pests are going to come out of the woodwork. Here are some tips on dealing with three of the most troublesome pests.

How To Get Rid of Termites

Six different species of termite reside in Florida. Studies have shown that between 30% and 40% of all Florida homes are infested. To prevent termite infestations, watch the humidity in your home, get rid of cardboard and avoid stacking wood near your house. Getting rid of termites is more difficult. Generally, the best solution is fumigation. If you have a bad infestation, reach out to a professional for advice on how to get rid of termites Fort Myers FL.

How To Handle Ants

Ants can be problematic in any home. They sneak in through cracks in the house, gaps in door frames and through holes in screens. There are many different do-it-yourself solutions to ant problems. You can install ant stakes outside your home and ant traps inside your home. These can be easily found out local stores. If you don’t have pets or small children, try boric acid. This powder is great at repelling ants and other pests. If these simple solutions don’t work, contact a professional for a more drastic approach.

How To Eradicate Wasps

While not as invasive as ants or termites, wasps, hornets and yellow jackets are still problematic. They are fiercely territorial and will attack with little provocation. Their stings can be very painful. A great option for getting rid of these pests is a trap. These traps … Read More...