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An Introduction to Environmentally Friendly Landscaping

by | Jan 12, 2015 | Landscaping

If you’re a homeowner, chances are you’ve had numerous conversations about what to do with your landscape and how to make it look more attractive. One of the many advantages of living in sunny Florida is the wealth of opportunities available to homeowners who are seeking to do more than just lay down a few plants here and there.

With the ever-growing popularity with environmentally-friendly resources, Florida-Friendly and Florida-Native plants have made a name for themselves in the landscaping industry by encouraging with their use, sustainability and the protection of Florida’s natural resources. This topic of conversation continues to boom as it’s becoming increasingly important and of public interest to understand how to conserve and protect our state’s water resources.

Does the thought of doing less outdoor work, attracting stunning wildlife, and at the same time increasing your home value sound like something you’d be interested in? Then read on.

The official terminology for a Florida-Friendly landscape is defined as “quality landscapes that conserve water, protect the environment, are adaptable to local conditions, and are drought tolerant.” It all begins with the understanding about using the right plant, in the optimal outdoor space, given the specific needs of the area (to allow them to thrive), while simultaneously minimizing the need for harmful pesticides, fertilizers, irrigation, etc. Florida-Friendly landscapes come in a variety of forms, styles and types to meet the specific needs of the location and homeowner.

The best part is that any landscape site can become Florida-Friendly with proper design, care and maintenance. Think of the savings in time, money and effort you’ll have! Once you’ve learned the way of Florida-Friendly landscape living, you can be rest assured you won’t ever want to go back.

If you apply and maintain the nine key principles in Florida-Friendly landscaping, you will be overjoyed with the results, as well as with the added benefit of your increased home value. So, what’s next? Be sure to learn how to:

1. Pick the right plant for the right place.
2. Water efficiently.
3. Fertilize appropriately.
4. Mulch responsibly and correctly.
5. Attract wildlife.
6. Manage yard pests responsibly.
7. Recycle yard waste.
8. Reduce storm water runoff.
9. Protect the waterfront.

We will cover in more detail the meaning of each key principle in future blog articles. Until then, we encourage you to join us in enhancing Florida’s natural heritage.

If you’re ready to begin a discussion on how to get started, give us a call at 727-219-9549 or you can submit a design consultation request. It’s about time you create and express your unique landscape beauty. Don’t you think?

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