Landscaping has its own unique lexicon or vocabulary. In this blog, we cover common words and terms related to landscaping materials, structures, and practices. They are helpful terms to know, especially for homeowners or property managers who manage their landscaping themselves.
Landscaping has its own unique lexicon or vocabulary. In this blog and the next, we cover common words and terms that we think are helpful for homeowners or property managers to know, especially for those who take care of their landscaping themselves.
Retaining walls in Florida residential landscapes are commonly built around foundation beds or against perimeter walls. High or tiered retaining walls should generally be left to hardscaping professionals to build. Lower walls can be a weekend project for a homeowner.
Transform a respectable but ho-hum landscape into one enlivened by unique and special extras. Invite exploration by adding garden art (flags, statues, glass, and chimes), eye-catching specimen plants, a bubbling fountain, a bench or two, and a vine-wrapped arbor or pergola.
Fall in Florida brings certain activities to the landscaper and gardener. These include planting cool-season annuals and shrubs; fertilizing lawns, shrubs, trees, and tropical plants; and closely monitoring landscape water needs. Summer pests are still active and must be managed for a few more weeks.
For low-maintenance landscaping of your Florida property, consider adding native Florida plants. In this blog we provide a list of native shrubs broken down by cold hardiness zone. Don’t know what hardiness zone you’re in? We break that down for you, too.
July is a good time to do a mid-year turf wellness check. Summer conditions create hospitable environments for pests and diseases, but these can be managed and even prevented by monitoring grass health. Water and mow properly; apply fungicides and pesticides (but not herbicides).
Is your landscape ready for Atlantic storm season 2018? We suggest you carry out a tree audit. Identify vulnerable trees on your property: those that are newly-planted, dead, diseased, and leaning, and take measures now to remove, thin, or shore them up.
Before summer’s high heat and daily rains arrive, we suggest carrying out a few tasks ahead of time. Audit sprinkler systems for leaks and breaks. Sharpen mower blades and service engines. Install citronella, marigolds, and other mosquito-repelling plants. Add flowers, trees, and shrubs.