Fall pest control in Florida

Mosquito in the grass

Courtesy of Flickr User hofluk

Fall in Florida brings cooler weather, more thunderstorms, the increased chance of tropical depressions and bugs. What’s not to love?

While we at PALM can’t control the weather, we can control the bugs. And it’s important that we do. Sixteen cases of locally acquired Dengue fever have been identified in Florida this season. This along with many other diseases are carried by mosquitoes, who are right now laying eggs in the wet soil around your development.

Many diseases are carried by mosquitoes, who are right now laying eggs in the wet soil around your development. [Read more…]

Full Service: Lauderdale Residence

  1. The Finished Project! Lauderdale Residence: Landscape installation and maintenance by PALM
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  4. Before: Front bed. Before: Front bed. Lauderdale Residence: Landscape installation and maintenance by PALM
  5. After: Front bed.
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  9. Before: Driveway.
  10. After: Driveway.

5 ways to hurricane ready your yard

5 ways to prepare your yard for a hurricane // www.palmatlanticlandscape.com // #landscape

Hurricane season has been in full swing for a little while now, but as the ninth tropical depression heads our way, there is no more putting off your preparations. Here are five things you can do today to prepare your yard.

Downed tree after hurricane1. Trim your trees.

I can’t state this enough, it’s so important to prune your trees regularly. It not only promotes healthy growth, it can also protect your property, and your neighborhood from flying debris should a hurricane hit. Branches that touch or come close to power lines are especially dangerous and should be removed before the threat of a tropical depression becomes the reality of a hurricane.
Call PALM to make an appointment for tree trimming, as Certified International Arborists, we know the best way to trim the many different species of trees found in South Florida.


Courtesy of Flickr @BarkBud2. Remove all potential projectiles.

Birdhouses, kid’s toys, plant pots, and rocks are some ideas of projectiles. Little things like rocks can cause major damage if they break a window. Luckily most pots, toys, and things like bird houses can be left until the last minute when you can pull them inside, or even drop them in your pool during the storm. Rocks are more difficult and for this reason may not be the best choice for your landscaping, so if you’re looking for a redesign, now is the best time!
Call PALM for landscape design and installation services.


Courtesy of Flickr user @pyxopotamus3. Clear loose and damaged rain gutters.

Rain gutters will be put to the test during a hurricane, so you need to ensure they are clear and secure enough to withstand a deluge.




Storm Surge4. Understand your own storm surge risk.

Many people think they’re far enough from the beach to be safe, but you also need to consider levees, dams, and other water. Unfortunately, we are largely surrounded.

South Florida Water Management District’s site can provide you with more info.



Trees block road after storm5. Have the disaster recovery and restoration number handy.

Once the storm passes, there are often downed trees, sometimes laying in the way of you getting out. PALM is experienced in removing these trees and having the number on hand will put you at the front of the line. Keep our number handy: (954) 938-1999 and call as soon as you know you need help.

The Rugose Spiraling Whitefly (fka The Gumbo Limbo Spiraling Whitefly)

Spiraling Whitefly

Image courtesy of UF IFAS extension

Hold on to your hats Florida – we have another bug to fight: The Rugose Limbo Spiraling Whitefly!

Sadly, this is a new kind of whitefly and should not be confused with the Ficus Whitefly that has been causing havoc with ficus in South Florida. This new Spiraling Whitefly appears to be less particular, feasting on everything from palm trees to fruits. There has not been much biology collected on this little pest as it was seen for the first time in March 2009 (from gumbo limbo, hence its former name), but University of Florida’s IFAS Extension is monitoring the spread and will hopefully have more information as time goes by.


Larger than other whiteflies, this species is slower too. They congregate on the underside of leaves and lay eggs in spiral patterns. The whitefly leaves an “abundance of the white, waxy material covering the leaves and also excessive sooty mold. Like other similar insects, these whiteflies will produce honeydew, a sugary substance, which causes the growth of sooty mold.” (UF IFAS extension). PALM has seen this mold on palm leaves overhanging pools, and causing damage to the pool. UF mentions that it has also been seen to cause damage to cars should it fall on the roof.


There are two ways to manage this pest: insecticides and biologically-based management, i.e. other bugs (parasitoid) that will attack the fly. It is important to balance both methods carefully as the parasitoid cannot attack the whitefly fast enough to save your plants, but insecticides could kill the parasitoid, which will make your life harder in the long run.

The first step is to monitor your plants. The fly will propagate quickly, so finding the symptoms before you have a full-blown infestation will help to overcome the issue. Nearby trees and plants should also be carefully assessed for damage and signs of the fly.

If you suspect the fly has found its way on to one of your plants, insecticidal soap can be enough to rid you of the fly. But you need to be sure to soak the plant well and wipe off all of the leaves. Obviously, this method is only effective before the fly has spread to more than one plant.

If you see the whitefly in more than one spot, use one of the insecticides listed below. We recommend a good dousing of the insecticide, but should you find it necessary to spray more than once, we recommend you switch to a different class of insecticide for the second spraying. Any kind of insecticide can be detrimental to your environment, as well as the environment at large, so hopefully one good spraying will be sufficient.

If you have the whitefly and can’t rid yourself of it, or don’t know where to start, you know who does? That’s right – Palm Atlantic Landscape Maintenance! Give us a call or drop us an email: (954) 938-1999 or

Whitefly insecticides

It’s Spring! Here come the egg bearing bunnies!

Spring has sprung and in south Florida, it’s a joyous time of year! The weather is glorious, there’s no other word for it. Not too hot to sit outside, but hot enough to start enjoying popsicles and sand boxes! In just a few weeks, your yard could be crawling with little children searching for eggs, so we’d better take a look at what we need to do in April before those eggs are hidden! [Read more…]

Why choose indigenous plants

Many people, when deciding on plants and trees for their yard, choose those that offer to fulfill whatever needs they might have: shade or smell for example. Some might choose a bush that attracts butterflies or blooms with beautiful flowers, but often whether the plant is native to your area is overlooked.

Why is it important to choose indigenous plants?

The native acacia tortuosa

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Growing your own veggies: Spring edition

1. Why grow your own?
2. What to grow and how?
3. How to use or freeze the veggies.
4. Recipe ideas for your home grown food.

We have all seen Michelle Obama’s White House garden and now she has announced a new book coming in April 2012 touting the benefits of the White House garden. Yeah, it might be a political move, especially given the timing, but no one can fault the message. Growing your own food can be pretty easy, miles healthier than grocery bought produce and, of course, much cheaper (a packet of 500 carrot seeds will cost the same as one packet from the supermarket which is, what, about 7 carrots?).
But there are other benefits you may not have considered: [Read more…]

Pythons are invading the Everglades. Are we in danger and what can we do?

Pythons have been a growing problem in the Everglades. They are a non native species (like parrots??), mostly Burmese Pythons derived from Asia. They tend to thrive in the Everglades because the ecosystem is perfect for them – they love wetlands, the temperatures are high, the human population is low and stays away from them and the wildlife provides plenty of food for them.

A Burmese Python can grow to 20 feet long and have weighed in as much as 250 pounds. “Pythons can live up to 35 years and have anywhere from eight to 100 eggs, with the average female reproducing every other year. It is estimated that there are tens of thousands now in the Everglades.” (http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/technology/2012/01/burmese-pythons-invading-the-everglades/) [Read more…]

Certified Arborist Services

Professional Tree Care Services – “Expertise You Can Trust”

The PALM team of highly trained arborists are certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) to bring meticulous care to every job. Our philosophy encompasses more than simple pruning and maintenance. We study each tree’s overall system to ensure longevity and vitality from the ground up.

Our Arbor division is run by an I.S.A. Certified Arborist and all tree climbers and cutters are trained and licensed by the county. Pruning techniques are based on tree health safety, function and beauty. While tree trimming Palm takes into consideration surrounding landscape and structure as to not damage anything in the immediate area.

Your trees represent an expensive asset and proper pruning and nutrition is paramount to your trees health and longevity. Let Palm guide you to purchasing the right tree for the right palace, inform and educate you on proper pruning techniques, prune for proper health and structure and implement a fertilization and Integrated Pest Management program.

Palm also specializes in the following areas:

  • Evaluation and Consulting
  • Mitigation
  • Tree Trimming/Pruning
  • Removal / Take downs
  • Stump Grinding
  • Tree inventory and Value
  • Hazardous Tree Evaluation and Assessment

FPL’s Plant the Right Tree in the Right Place brochure

What to plant now: Veggies Inside

How to plant inside

Like most people, when my sister in law gets an idea in to her head she wants to make it happen immediately, so when she called yesterday to tell me she was planting a vegetable garden, I felt terrible poo pooing her excitement. In the world of landscaping, whether we’re talking professional arborists or window box veggie growers, timing is everything.

If you visit a garden center and they sell vegetables without offering you any support, try a different garden center next time. If you were to plant vegetables now, in South Florida, they will burn up in just days. But if you are determined and as excited as my sister to get a head start on your vegetable patch, you can start today by planting your vegetables inside. Try tomatoes, cabbages, eggplant, bell peppers and broccoli.

Not only is this a great way to save some money while enjoying organic veggies (you will notice a difference in taste), but it’s a great exercise for the kids during these long, hot summer days.

This cute little graphic shows you how to start your indoor garden:


Courtesy of Sprout Robot



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