Bob Dylan sang, “The Times They Are a-Changin'.” It’s doubtful he imagined 2020, but this has certainly been a year charged with change. The call for adjustment and finding a new normal is loud and clear. People are finding themselves with an unexpected amount of time at home, and what can one do when even Netflix is asking, “Do you want to watch this show again?”
One cure for a case of stir crazy is taking on a home improvement project, and a quick Google or Pinterest search proves there’s no shortage of options in that game. As residents of the Sunshine State, landscaping is a great place to start. Not only will it enhance your home’s curbside appeal, but it allows you many opportunities to get really creative.
LET YOUR GREEN THUMB LEAD THE WAY
No matter where you live in Florida, an abundance and variety of plant life allow for you to take chances with your yard’s design scheme.
Are you in a tropical state of mind? Try bromeliads. Many are excellent houseplants (surviving low light conditions), but others thrive in Florida’s bright, warm, and often humid environment. Each species explodes with different shapes, and vibrant colors, making them a fine pick for a yard makeover.
Or perhaps you’re looking for a more low maintenance plant choice. Consider a more contemporary look: adding rocks and succulents and bringing a bit of the southwest to your front or back door. Succulents are notoriously easy to care for, and also come in a wide range of styles and sizes.
You might also want to think bigger – literally and figuratively - and invest in trees. Adding mature trees to your property immediately provides natural sources of shade, privacy, fruits and flora – depending on the type you choose. Citrus trees are favorites in our area.
Adding baby trees, or seedlings, will require some time to see growth, but either route is wonderful for the environment, and a worthwhile outdoor project.
GARDENERS, CHECK YOUR ZONE
The Tampa/Sarasota area that we call home is located in Zone 9 - a year-round planting zone. Nine months of the year are considered growing season; summers are just too warm for many vegetables, or even plants, to thrive. No matter how green your thumb, Southern Florida plant guides, or advice from a local landscaper, are advisable for the first years you are a Florida resident.
Many new locals are surprised by how much water our lawns need, and the right amount and types of fertilizer and pesticides can be tricky to perfect. When in doubt, consult a professional to maintain the level of curb appeal you desire.
These are just a few examples of how to spruce up a landscape, and there are so many more! Please give us a call with any questions - 941.924.5935