Got shade? There are plenty of great plants that thrive in areas receiving little or no sunlight. Remember that light conditions change over the hours and by season, though. Observe how light shifts during the day and the year and install plants accordingly.
Rain gardens provide a solution to the problem of runoff-transported pollutants in streams and ponds. Native plants that grow in rain gardens put down deep roots that act as filters, removing 90% of the chemicals carried by runoff from roofs, driveways, and lawns.
March 20 is the first day of spring. Is your landscaping ready? Important outdoor spring-preparation tasks include purchasing a pre-emergent herbicide treatment for your lawn, selectively pruning, cleaning out planting beds, checking irrigation system components, and servicing lawn care equipment.
Floridians who practice water-wise landscaping will need less irrigation during the low-rain months of the year. Water-wise landscaping involves installing plants that thrive in natural conditions, reducing the need for watering and for fertilizer and pesticides that can pollute nearby ponds and lakes.
Across Florida, leaf-falling season is well underway. Property owners now face the job of rounding up carpets of dead leaves and getting rid of them. Here are six tips for leaf removal, including mulching, vacuuming, raking, and hiring someone else to do the job.
Homeowners with lawn drainage problems may consider installing a French drain. This type of drain takes water from a soggy or pooled area and carries it away to an outlet. It is a covered, below-ground drain that is not too difficult to build.
December in Florida comes with the perfect outside-working weather! Between holiday activities, homeowners can prepare for cold snaps, check trees for mistletoe, sow winter grass, and clean out tired summer beds. Got extra time? Put in a pathway and add some hardscaping.
A pet-friendly property contains plants that are safe for animals (not toxic; no spines) and has space for them to exercise and relieve themselves. Features that do pets good include sunny areas, shade trees or pergolas, and surfaces that are smooth or soft to walk on.
New lawns are usually even and smooth, but an older, settled lawn can be a bone-jarring experience to mow. Layers of top-dressing mix comprising sand, topsoil, and compost, applied to the turf, will fill low areas and raise soil levels, restoring smoothness and evenness.