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What most South Florida homeowners and commercial property owners don't realize (or care to know) is just how truly miserable the soil is under and around all their landscapes' plants. The primary reason that plants fail in South Florida is that they must try to survive on our crushed, then steamrolled limestone rock (in the western suburbs) or beach sand of the eastern third of the counties we attempt to create a beautiful landscape upon. I always tell my clients and my adult education students that the only purpose South Florida's soil serves is "to hold plants up!" It's true! Therefore, anyone who "feeds" a plant had better know exactly what amendments their properties' soil needs way BEFORE they commence a plant nutritional regimen.
If the soil's fertility and alkalinity
aren't improved BEFORE all else, your plants will ultimately sicken,
and die. That's a fact! Did you ever notice how bad many
trees & palms look AFTER they were fertilised?? That's not
supposed to happen, is it? Well, it DOES because the soil's
needs have been ignored and the result is "chemical
incompatibility.". Unhealthy soil cannot provide a good
home for your expensive landscapes' trees & other plants without
FIRST adjusting its pH (alkalinity level) and improving its porosity!
THE GROWING CONDITIONS WHERE WE ALL LIVE ARE MISERABLE!!
Think about it, fellow South Floridians! If you've ever driven out on US 27, (SR 997) Krome Avenue, (I-75)"Alligator Alley", SR A1A, or on the Florida Keys' "Overseas Hwy" (U.S. 1)? Did you ever notice what grows naturally" along the roadsides? Grasses, some pines & cypress trees, and the occasional palmetto palm; that's about it, really (and not too many botanically eye-catching specimens, either.) We want more tropical beauty in our home and business environments than "nature" provides! Since our weather is so mild most of the year, we can readily fall in love with (and purchase) dozens of fabulously exotic palms, flowering & shade trees and shrubbery from all over the subtropical parts of the globe.
All these gorgeous botanical specimens give South Florida its "signature" look but they do REQUIRE specific maintenance regimens to assure long, healthy lives! Without the right care, stunted, yellowing foliage; weak root systems and susceptibility to insect infestations and/or fungal infections are manifested. Why do these beautiful non-native palms, trees, and other tropical plants have so many problems thriving in southeast Florida? Because they come from lands with different growing conditions including far better soils than is naturally found locally.
"Out west," there's the serious problem
of too much moisture in a true reclaimed "swamp" that not only smothers and
drowns your plants' roots, but also leaches away any vestige of
beneficial minerals out of a plant's root zone. If that
weren't enough, these former wetlands' soils feature dangerously
HIGH alkalinity which makes essential minerals unavailable to the
plants' photosynthetic systems. This mineral imbalance causes the
plants to get weaker day by day...until death ensues, ultimately!
In the case of eastern Dade & Broward Counties' sandy soils, water
rapidly leaches away vestigal minerals away within minutes after a
heavy rain, taking any small amounts of necessary minerals along
with it. Many plant professionals do know to
"basics" of tree nutrition...but it's doubtful that they arrive at
your home or place of business with a specific soil improvement
plan, customized for YOUR landscape environment.
DON'T WAIT UNTIL YOUR TREES ALREADY LOOK POOR!
It's far better to hire me (within 90 days) after your new plants are installed for two reasons: 1. At that time, the commencement of my services will be substantially less expensive. Why? Because, It's far easier for me to adjust all detrimental factors in their earliest stages. The results will always be better when I can help to get your palms, trees and/or your shrubbery "happier" relatively rapidly in their new home: your landscape;
2. Plants usually fail very slowly and with quiet subtlety, and only a keen and trained eye notices any decline. When a disease or insect infection occurs, its usually because the plants are already weakened significantly. Healthy plants don't need very much routine insect spraying as a rule. The earlier you hire me the better for your expensive landscapes' plants! When you hire me as your trees' "dietitian and diagnostician;" I MUST MAKE SURE that your palms, trees, & shrubs are in the best conditioned soil as is possible, and that they obtain a metered amount of mineral nutrition every day. My patented 3-month caplets assure success!
Can a tree maintenance service technician that just spends a few moments throwing fertilizer granules around your yard, without serious plant by plant inspection (and who has a company quota of 10 or 15 landscapes a day,) do everything I do as carefully as I do, ON MY HANDS AND KNEES, at soil level? I think not! You & I eat daily; plants need to "eat" daily also! My exclusive "total care" technique assures the latter.
MY NUTRIENTS ARE PROPRIETARY AND MY FEEDING METHODS ARE UNIQUE!
I do NOT make a ring of fertiliser granules around your palms' and trees' trunks; my caplets contain proprietary timed-release soil pH regulators and multi-minerals & essential vitamins. They are always INSTALLED about three or four inches IN THE SOIL, and tap into the plants' feeder roots (not unlike an IV you might have been given at the hospital). And I give it for the same reason; it provides a more direct conduit of essential minerals to your trees, shrubs, and ground cover plants' nutritional uptake system (the xylem & phloem of your plants' stems!) Going back to that famous & all to familiar "ring of food" around your trees. Nothing makes me angrier, than to see that ring!! Sitting on top of the soil, as it does, it gets more and more "caked up" as weeks go by, and the salt concentration increases alarmingly, right above your trees' roots.
Doesn't sound too bad? Think again! That caked ring of what used to be fertiliser has now changed its composition (with the help of Florida's broiling sun PLUS your sprinkler system, which just wets the ground down to a few inches.) As the daily temperature usually exceeds 90 F., the drying accelerates and you often find that the excessively built up salts in that "food ring" are now BURNING YOUR EXPENSIVE PLANTS ROOTS! I avoid that problem by utilising subterranean nutritional methodology. It's not perfect, but it's pretty darned close!
CALL ME, IF WHAT I'VE
WRITTEN MAKES SENSE TO YOU!
I will not abandon your plants. Period! I've kept them thriving (not always an easy task); I would appreciate your courtesy of a long-term relationship with them. Your long-term business IS my financial health. I am your landscape's professional dietitian. I am due the same PROFESSIONAL respect that you give your cardiologist, your banker, your personal trainer, or your mate.
If hiring me seems like it might be too big a hassle (and expense) for you, call the other ersatz "Palm Doctors," your grass cutter, pest control person, or your landscaper for that matter. They will take your money (and probably charge you less...for that clumping pile of caked and now toxic mineral salts.) These are the same people that I never have seen at the yearly recertification exams for State of Florida licensure.
If you need to save money by skimping on the landscapes' nutrition, then Paul, The Palm Doctor probably isn't the man you want! And I have more than enough commercial & construction work to keep me busy daily. On the other hand, if your plants could talk, they'd say: "call Paul, if you REALLY love us!"
Fellow South Floridians:
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