Florida’s Plant Invasion

Invasion of the Plants

The battle protect and preserve our State’s native flora

native trees at sunset

Since before Florida joined the Union in 1845, plants have played a major role in the lives of its citizens and wildlife.
Plants clean our air and water and house our birds and wildlife.
But invaders powerful enough to cause economic and environmental damage to Florida’s natural areas are a constant threat.

South Florida’s plants rise from marshes, grasslands, forests, and ponds. They border our bays, beaches and mangrove swamps. In these areas, a continuous war rages between the native plants and the invaders. There are three major players…

The Good Guys

A plant that occurs naturally in the place that it grows. If it was here when Columbus discovered America, it’s a native plant. There are over 2,800 native plants in Florida.
Examples: Bald Cypress (right), Coontie, Firebush, Gumbo-Limbo, Live Oaks, Resurrection Fern (lower left), Saw Palmetto, Sea Grape, Phlox, Blanket-Flower (lower right)

The Party Crashers

A non-native tree, shrub, vine or other species that grows in nature on its own. They are often escape artists from human-planted gardens or agriculture, seeded by birds, or imported as an exotic. They generally do not interfere with native plants or disrupt the natural ecosystem.
Examples: Avocado Tree, Mangos (right), Queen Palm, Bush Allamanda (lower left), Bamboo, Periwinkle (lower right).

The Bad Guys

Non-native species out-compete natives and take over creating what is called a “monoculture”. Florida has banned Kudzu, Skunkvine, Melaleuca trees and others that crowd out native plants important to wildlife, threaten our native cypress, disturb water flow, alter soil conditions, or interrupt the flow of storm run-off.
Examples: Melaleuca (upper right), Brazilian Pepper, Camphor, Old World Climbing Fern, Carrotwood (lower left), Water Hyacinth (lower right), Air Potato, Scarlet Acacia. See the Florida List

For more information and a complete list of invasive plants in Florida, please visit Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council or the University of Florida’s Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (requires admin access).

According to IFAS Extension experts, of the more than 20,000 plants introduced to Florida from elsewhere
— 7% are invasive and 5% are prohibited. 

Our certified arborists and horticultural professionals can inspect your property for invasive plant species and offer advise on safe removal and spread prevention. Call (772) 546-2861 to request an on-site visit.

You can help protect Florida’s natural areas from non-native invasive plants by spreading awareness of the problem. Please consider sharing this newsletter with a friend or follow us on Facebook.

Our Labor Shortage is Your Opportunity

Hourly rates for Florida landscape laborers are in the top 25% in the USA,
but many qualified workers are discouraged from returning to work.

If you or someone you know needs motivation to return to work
or might be a good fit for a career in landscaping,
we hope you grab this opportunity.

Better Wages

According to Indeed, the average hourly wage for landscape laborers in our area is less than $13 per hour. Jenkins offers a starting salary for landscape technicians of $15 per hour

Great Benefits

Jenkins offers generous benefits for full-time employees, like holiday and vacation pay, 401(k) retirement plan, help with health insurance, and bonus pay for job performance and for becoming certified. All the Benefits are listed below. Your financial benefits and opportunity for  promotion quickly add up!

Paid Education

We pay for your education in the landscape industry and all certification programs to enable you to improve your skills and increase your value to the company.

Friendly Work Environment

Our zero tolerance for poor attitudes and harassment of any kind creates a friendly work environment.

Skills that qualify someone to work as a landscape laborer include plant and equipment knowledge, but our training programs and supportive work environment can enable anyone with a positive attitude to succeed.

Benefits for Full-Time Employees

  • Health Insurance (company-paid portion)
  • Life Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Supplemental Insurance
  • Bonus Pay for Performance and Certifications
  • Holiday Pay
  • Vacation Pay
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Industry Training: We pay for college, seminars, certifications, etc.
  • Drug-free Workplace
  • Equal Employment Opportunities

Current job openings are listed on Indeed’s website. We ask you to view our current job openings and submit your application. We are an Equal Employment Opportunity company and a drug-free workplace. Learn more on our website’s Career Page.