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By: Linda H.
Palm Island Growers
We do not believe the work that was done met the terms of their bid. We had a drainage problem that was supposed to have been addressed, but the problem has not been resolved. They installed drains, but my husband, has spent days retrenching some of the drains to improve what was not done correctly.The bid included clearing of the rear property line, but nothing more than than raking was done. We were told that the pothos needed to be taken out. This required some digging and pulling. There is now more in the yard than before. During the work for the drainage, the irrigation lines were damaged in several areas. My husband spent many hours (days) repairing the damage caused.We were told the growing goods only had a 30-day guarantee. This may appear harsh, but we would have done better working with Lowe's who provide a year!They planted inconsistent sizes of growing goods, specifically some ginger that we complained about the day the work was done. We received 2 drastically different sized plants, they charged the higher price for everything & refused to adjust the pricing. The Christmas Palm they planted at the front of our home is NOT doing well. It loses leaves regularly, and is not putting out any new leaves. I took pictures of it when it was first planted and there is a difference. I am very concerned about the health of this plant.They overplanted an area in the shade. It looks terrible - almost like a low growing jungle. I have since looked at the drawings for what was supposed to be planted and they did not do what was planned.My husband and I have since landscaped the 2 sides of our home on our own as we were not happy with the service we received. What we did is looking better than what we paid for. What a sad thing to say. I don't ever show people the 'beautiful landscaping' we had hoped for and did not receive.I had asked about having Stromanthe placed in the backyard. I was told it did not like shade, We planted it on the west side of our home, which gets no sun at all, and it is thriving and looks fantastic! I wish it were in the backyard. It would look much better than what is there.I recommended them to another job on our street which was larger than our job. It is a good thing that happened the week they did our job. I certainly would not recommend them now. I must say that I was surprised that we received nothing in any manner, not even a note, thanking us for the referral.I would not recommend Palm Island Growers.
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By: Marcus M.
Palm Island Growers
My family's experience with Palm Island growers was great! They were able to furnish a variety of palms and shrubs for our landscaping project, and their crew did a clean and efficient job when installing everything in our yard. I'd definitely use their services again in the future and would recommend them.
By: Dave D.
Gulf Coast Garden Center
Excellent advice and friendly service
Tips & Advices
Yes, many nurseries ship plants and trees, but inter-state shipping regulations are complex and strict, and nurseries must be in compliance regardless of whether that disallows a customer order. Also, even if items are allowed to ship, they might not survive if outside the proper USDA growing zones--in which case a nursery might try to discourage the customer from placing the order.
The ease of caring for fruit trees varies according to where you live, but lemon trees and apple trees are widely considered easy to grow. Pear trees are fast-growing but need to be planted alongside another pear variety to bear fruit. Stone fruit trees, especially cherries and plums, are popular in regions with defined seasons and cool winters.  In hot/humid regions, banana trees (producing small varieties of banana) and mango trees are known as “fast fruiters” that require little care.
Plant Hardiness Zones are the government-researched standard geographical breakdown of broad climate regions across the United States. The USDA has created a map of the United States, which includes 11 planting zones. This map helps gardeners determine what to plant when, based on accumulated weather data. Factors like soil quality and microclimates are not accounted for in the USDA Plant Hardiness Zones, and should certainly be taken into consideration as well.
Perennial plants and trees grow anew each spring, and are dormant in the winter. Annuals have a lifespan of only one growing season, and need to be replanted each year.
Evergreen is a term for plants and trees that keep some green foliage year-round. While the term “evergreen” is closely associated with pine trees, many other types of trees are also evergreen, including live oak, blue spruce, eucalypts, and most of the coniferous cousins of pine.

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