frost damaged plants

To clip or not to clip, that is the question.  After the freezing and frosty temps we endured in Florida the last couple months, much of the landscape plants have brown, crispy, frost bit leaves and or stems.  I have always said leave it there until mid-March (for Eastern Lee County) just in case there are more frosty mornings.  At this point that would mean: do as I do and not as I say.  We’ve started cutting dead vegetation off the palms and shrubs, it’s so sad to see them looking dead.  If there is more frost we’ll be sorry, if there isn’t hallelujah!

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Most Asked Question

THE BLOG, I’m very excited!  This is something I’ve wanted to do for a while, there is now a place for me to write about plants, gardening, the landscape.  For my first post, I’d like to answer the question I, and Sergio, get asked the most…  What does ‘Elata’ mean?  The short answer: Elata is part of the botanical name for the Royal Palm.  All plants have a name in latin for formal identification, the Florida Royal Palm is Roystonia elata.  The vowels are all pronounced with the ‘short’ sound.  So, the name E-la-ta Natives, is supposed to be a little pun. A lot of natives (plants).  Since our company provides many landscape services such as: design and installation, irrigation, maintenance and our ever changing nursery it was difficult to find a name encompassing everything.   (As far as ‘Natives’, that’s another subject.)  I love the Royal Palm and liked the ring of Elata, and that’s the name we chose 12 years ago.     Elata isn’t in most dictionaries and I understand it to have a somewhat complex meaning but for us it is our name and the name of the beloved Florida Royal Palm.

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Welcome to NEW BLOG which is Under Construction

This is a Brand New Blog ~  Still UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Pardon the Dust!  It will be up and running soon.  These are sample posts (stories, articles, etc.) and sample categories that Kara can change later when she takes control of the Blog as administrator.

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Water Gardens: Sample Post

Water Garden SAMPLE POST:  Kara should remove and add her own story/info here.

Water offers marvelous possibilities in both garden and landscape design.  If you want to make the most of an  small area, the light reflecting properties of water can be a great asset.  The gleam of a pool adds an extra dimension and life to a garden, no matter how small. 
A natural stream or low lying marsh area can be ideal for creating a pond, island and home for Florida’s moisture loving water plants.  

Elata Natives specializes in water gardens, ponds  and water features .  Call Kara Alfaro today to schedule a consultation at your home or business today.

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Butterfly Garden: SAMPLE POST

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Add some motion, beauty and life to your Florida landscape with  the addition of a vibrant butterfly garden.  The plant list below is divided into two categories; plants which serve as a host (H), and those which butterflies select for their nectar (N).  
Nectar Preferences
Different species of butterflies have different preferences of nectar, in both colors and tastes. A wide variety of food plants will give the greatest diversity of visitors. Try staggering wild and cultivated plants, as well as blooming times of the day and year. Groups of the same plants will be easier for butterflies to see than singly planted flowers.

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Installation: Sample Post

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Landscape contractor, Sergio Alfaro supervised landscape and irrigation installation in Southwest Florida for twelve years prior to starting Elata Natives. The great partnership between Sergio and Kara ensure that the intent of the project design is brought to life in the landscape installation. It is evident that Sergio takes pride in his work. He works side by side with his crew ensuring efficiency and quality to making each and every job a success.

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Irrigation: SAMPLE POST

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Elata Natives is a licensed irrigation specialties contractor providing full service landscape irrigation installation for each landscape project. A successful irrigation plan considers numerous factors such as the measurement of the area, water pressure (and obstacles to it), the varying needs of the trees, lawns and garden areas and more. From here, we determine the size and length of pipe, the layout, sprinkler types and all other equipment which collectively create the watering system. In many cases the piping routes will be divided into zones allowing for length of time and pressure variances. Our systems are custom designed to water the landscape according needs of the selected plants. Our staff is on call for irrigation repairs.
We encourage our customers to monitor their landscape irrigation systems and to do their best to conserve water. With the increase in water restrictions statewide, our irrigation projects are now incorporating many drought tolerant plants to ensure the longevity of our customer’s landscape investment.

Please feel free to contact us any of our landscape irrigation services, irrigation repair or watering questions regarding irrigation equipment, drip irrigation, sprinkler heads, irrigation scheduling, and water conservation.

Consult with The Southwest Florida Water Management for restrictions on watering for your area.

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Landscaping & Design: SAMPLE POST

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Prior to starting Elata Natives, owner, Kara Alfaro obtained her degree in Landscape Architecture from  Iowa State University.  Over the years her experience working with landscape architects and their firms and with landscape contractors throughout Southwest Florida, Kara’s landscape designs reflect unique qualities for each client and are specific to each site.

Elata Natives landscape projects benefit from well thought out designs which blend the landscape with the existing conditions. Native plants and native trees are often incorporated into her landscape designs making a Florida scheme; natural and thriving with native plants that have been proven to last. Her landscape designs and plans range in size accommodating both commercial land developers, residential developers as well as private homeowners. 

Through the years, Elata Natives has established itself as recognized name among Fort Myers Landscape Contractors due to their unique landscape designs, their dependable service and knowledge of native plants and native trees.

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