Smart Irrigation Month

Smart Irrigation. Sustainable Solutions.
Saving Water. Saving Money.

Jenkins is celebrating by helping our customers save water and money while seeing better results!

July is traditionally the month of peak demand for outdoor water use. Annually, we receive 50 or more inches of rainfall in most parts of Florida. Even so, some people leave their irrigation system timer set to the same schedule, wasting water. So in cooperation with the Irrigation Association, landscapers across the U.S. promote Smart Irrigation Month to highlight water-efficient products and services.

When rainfall is adequate to meet plant needs, Smart irrigation systems help our South Florida customers save water and save money while seeing better results.

Smart Irrigation is the solution and our FNGLA Certified Landscape Irrigation Service Technicians are the problem-solvers you can turn to.

So what is “smart irrigation?”

Think of it as “water conserving irrigation” that, unlike traditional irrigation controllers that operate on a preset programmed schedule and timers, Smart Irrigation Controllers monitor weather, soil conditions, evaporation and plant water use to automatically adjust the watering schedule to actual conditions at your location. This prevents water run off into streets and sidewalks and regulates pressure so water has a chance to soak into the ground.

If you want to save water, save money, and see better results with your landscape, Smart Irrigation is the solution and our FNGLA Certified Landscape Irrigation Service Technicians are the problem-solvers you can turn to. Call us (772) 546-2860.

The Garden Pathway

Form Follows Function

The design phrase “form follows function” was first attributed to architectural structures,
but the concept is valid whenever design comes into play…
even when designing a Garden Pathway.

When we think of pathways winding through a garden or landscape, we envision a cool, peaceful stroll while our senses take in the beauty and aroma of flowers and plants around us. But these paths can also be useful. They provide air circulation, form natural plant and people boundaries, and give access to maintenance. While most pathways have a set beginning and an end-point, the line of travel is optional. It can form the quickest way from here to there, or take the explorer on a contemplative stroll past a focus point or vista. Pathways help us relax and take in the beauty of our surroundings.

A pathway can be both functional and aesthetic. It’s the perfect medium for designers who practice the art of form follows function design.

FORM refers to how it’s built.

Is the walkway straight or curvy? Flat or rolling? Is it built with stone, shells or mulch? These answers depend on the professional assessment of several factors, including the existing property, grade, soil conditions, structures, and much much more.

FUNCTION refers to the purpose of the path.

Does it provide direction through the garden, prevent stepping on fragile plants, keep feet dry and soil from becoming too compact? Can adding a path through the landscape help protect sensitive ecosystems?

Design of a well-functioning pathway is the art of balancing the variables. It can take time and patience, but a well-designed garden path makes for a more enjoyable and useful landscape. Paths encourage us to experience the magic of nature more fully.

Would you like to explore adding paths to your landscape? Visit our website to learn how we approach Landscape Design, or call (772) 546-2861 now to request an on-site visit. 

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Secrets and Science of the Florida Blueberry

April is Blueberry Festival Time

We love our native plants, and Florida blueberries are natives! 

Celebrate Florida Blueberries

Early settlers gathered wild blueberries and gave them names: High Bush, Rabbit Eye, and Evergreen. In those days, it took a great deal of luck and a lot of patience to grow and gather enough blueberries for one pie!

Later generations learned (perhaps by trial and error) that to bear fruit the blueberry bush must have a few hours to “chill out” every season. When temperatures drop below 45° F and stay there long enough, a chilled blueberry bush will flower and leaf out in the spring — and if the bush is planted in full sun, its fruit quality will be high. Check out Florida’s chill hours.

Years ago, there was a blueberry farm located off Citrus Blvd, but unfortunately it’s no longer there. Still, we love our blueberries so much that the smart scientists at the University of Florida IFAS Extension keep a close eye on them for us. IFAS can report that production has steadily increased from about 1.5 million pounds in the early 1990s to over 25 million pounds in 2015 even with numerous and sometimes severe production problems.

Florida’s blueberry production will always be touch-and-go, unlike northern states such as Washington, who leads the nation with a production of over 96 million pounds a year, and Michigan with over 20,000 acres set aside just for growing blueberries.

Florida ranks #8, which is “up there” only because of the introduction of a new variety developed by our own University of Florida and named the ‘Southern Highbush’. Thanks, UF/IFAS for improving the science and production of the Florida blueberry!

April is Blueberry Festival Time in Florida; even though someone could pull a Covid-cancel at the last minute, many festivals are still on!

BLUEBERRY FESTIVALS

Mount Dora Blueberry Festival
April 24/25 in Donnelly Park
website

Find a Florida Blueberry Festival in 2021

THE BLUEBERRY GARDENER’S GUIDE

From UF/IFAS Extension, the Blueberry Gardener’s Guide provides home gardeners with basic information on growing blueberries in Florida. Download the PDF.

Interested in adding blueberry bushes to your landscape? Ask to speak to one of our horticulturists.

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