With Christmas right around the corner, it’s time to think about the perfect gift for that special someone. From a smart sprinkler system to solar lights, we’ve picked our favorite gadgets for the gardener, landscaper, or patio enthusiast in your life.
While turfgrasses blanket many of Florida's properties, they require resources, money, and time to maintain. However, turfgrass alternatives such as mulch, groundcover, and hardscapes exist. Reduce your yard size and substitute it for options that not only conserve resources but diversify and beautify your landscaping.
St. Augustine grass is a common Florida turfgrass with several cultivars available to homeowners. Five popular varieties are Floratam, Seville, Bitter-Blue, Sapphire, and Palmetto. Some are superstars in the state’s tropical and subtropical conditions and others should be avoided.
Wondering what to do with your quarantine garden? Because Florida fall remains warm, gardeners in the Sunshine State can start their cool-weather crops later in the season. However, the part of the state you live in will determine what you can plant and when.
In the market for a new home? Assess the condition of a property’s trees before you buy so that you have a realistic expectation of the maintenance cost they will require. Look for disease and damage, unstable trees, and trees in need of cleanup.
Putting a house on the market? Increase its curb appeal with these landscaping boosts: mulch and weed the garden beds, tidy up the trees and shrubs, and keep the lawn neat and groomed. Hire out if necessary, but always consult with your realtor first.
Adding a focal point will elevate your landscape’s appeal, and a specimen tree may fit the bill. A specimen tree is any tree planted as a stand-alone landscape feature. Choose a unique tree that will make a statement, like one with long-lasting blooms or an interesting shape.
Many homeowners and gardeners are interested in controlling plant pests without using chemicals that end up in landscape runoff. Green pest control methods include planting natural insect repellents, applying natural products, and implementing cultural controls.
Philodendrons and rhododendrons share similar names but not much else. Philodendrons are tropical plants with stunning foliage that can be cultivated as large landscape plants or as hanging or potted houseplants. Rhododendrons are flowering, shade-loving shrubs that are generally grown outdoors, with a few exceptions.