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LCO's in the Tropics (FL, HI, etc)

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by baka, Jan 3, 2005.

  1. baka

    baka LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    Meanwhile the rest of the folks on this board are freezin' thier bums off, I just wanted to ask some of the guys who are working in the tropical climates. I need to find a good resource that I can learn more about the specific problems that we face (bugs are huge here in Maui). Anyone got a good webpage, good book, or just wanna post what they had to face that is unique to workin in tropical/subtropical environments. One of mine is learning about the different fungi/bugs that affect the grasses here.

    Cheers! BAKA
  2. desert rose gardening

    desert rose gardening LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 387

    It sure is nice to work all year! Thats why Im in this kind of work.
  3. Fantasy Lawns

    Fantasy Lawns LawnSite Bronze Member
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  4. TClawn

    TClawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,036

    Baka, the maui community college has some very good classes on bug identification and plant ID. in fact there is a VITEC class coming up there that teaches all about these different species of plants in hawaii. go the MCC and check it out.
    btw, VITEC has a whole landscape, irrigation and plant section in there information booklet. see if you can get one from them.

  5. KINGjosh

    KINGjosh LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 531

    the main bug you have to worry about is the chinch bug,try to avoid cutting wet grass as that could start fungus growth
  6. TClawn

    TClawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,036

    you especially have to watch out for the mealy bugs on the plants. they are very invasive to ornamentals.
  7. baka

    baka LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    thanks everyone. I'm still learning how and what bug breakouts look like.

    Here's a quick question: Banana trees, how much to we trim? Do we pull off the dying fronds or just let them fall and pick them up. The trees I see have a lot of brown junk on them like dying leaves and branches.

    Also when to chop off the banana bunch?

  8. TClawn

    TClawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,036

    baka, I always cut of the brown leaves that are hanging down. it helps to prevent bugs from growing in the little pocket of water that form at the base of those leaves when you water. it also makes the whole property looked cared for instead of "let go".

    you chop off a banana bunch when the bananas become plump and start to take on a rounded shape. if you look at small bananas you will see harsh corners. on a mature banana you will see "soft corners" this means that they have reached there full maturaty. don't forget to cut off the flower when it done making bananas. it leaves more energy to go to the bananas them selves. after a banana has produced you should cut it down. they only give you bananas once.

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