Knowledge Center: Sooty Mold

Knowledge Center: Sooty Mold

Sooty mold is a black, flaky growth on plant leaves, stems, and trunks that is often confused for some sort of plant disease. In-stead of being the cause of a plant problem, it is a sign that insects have been feeding—specifically, those of the “piercing-sucking”...
Knowledge Center: Spiraling White Fly

Knowledge Center: Spiraling White Fly

The Rugose Spiraling Whitely (Aleurodicus rugioperculatus), or RSW, made its debut in the U.S. in 2009, wreaking havoc on Gumbo Limbo trees in Miami-Dade County. After its arrival, this invasive pest, thought to originate in Central America, quickly increased its...
Plant Profile: Bougainvillea

Plant Profile: Bougainvillea

With our lovely winter approaching, we will begin to see the bougainvillea plants respond with color and character. This is a species that embodies the saying, “Look, but don’t touch.” As landscapers, we sometimes have a love/hate relationship with bougainvilleas...
Gratitude

Gratitude

I get a laugh out of the memes circulating on social media about just how crazy 2020 has been. Did you the see the one with 2020 saying “Wait, there’s more!” with a picture of the infomercial guy? Other times I feel down as I think of the deaths of over 180,000 of my...
You Should Know: Lethal Bronzing Disease

You Should Know: Lethal Bronzing Disease

Lethal Bronzing Disease (LBD), formerly known as Texas Phoenix Palm Decline (TPPD) is a lethal disease of palms. It is caused by a phytoplasma – a bacterium with no cell wall that lives in the vascular conducting tissue of plants. The disease is transmitted by insect...
Growing Connection, Vol. 1 Issue 2

Growing Connection, Vol. 1 Issue 2

From the CEO Mark Forsythe CHANGE IS IN THE AIR, WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? Throughout human history there are years where significant events leave a lasting impact on humanity. 2020 will be remembered as one of those years. First a pandemic stopped our economy and...