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The Importance of Choosing the Right Plants for Your Landscaping

Whether you live in Colorado, New York, or Florida, choosing the right plants for your landscaping is extremely important for proper growth. There are a number of factors to consider when choosing your plants and the biggest factor is zoning issues.

The United States is divided into specific zones when it comes to plant hardiness. The key to plant survival in your landscaping is planting for your hardiness zone. In Bradenton, Florida, according to the 2012 Hardiness Zone Map, our hardiness zone is 9b.

Some of the best plants to consider for your landscaping in zone 9b conditions include:

  • Pineapple Guava
  • Christmas Camellias
  • Japanese Holly Fern
  • Purple Lovegrass
  • Fire Bush
  • Oakleaf Hydrangea
  • Magnolia
  • Mexican Sage

Nevertheless, how do you go about choosing your plants? The key to a low-maintenance landscape is not in the plants themselves but in the planning of the planting. Here are some tips and tricks for selecting the plants that will not only prosper in your Florida landscape, but will look good as well!

Sun Light

Pay attention to where and when the sunlight hits your landscape throughout the day. Knowing whether you need full/partial sun or...

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The Difference Between Landscaping, Hardscaping, & Softscaping

Hardscaping... softscaping... landscaping... these are three terms that can cause confusion at times. The reason for this is that some people may use the terms interchangeably, or sometimes one of the terms may mistakenly be used to refer to them all. Let's clear up some of the confusion, shall we?

Landscaping is the term that does actually refer to your entire property design. In other words, your landscape is composed of the hardscaping and softscaping. A good landscape design will bring the components of your hardscape and softscape together to create a balanced look for your yard.

Softscape

When your landscaping company refers to softscaping, they are referring to the natural, growing elements of your design. As such, softscape elements are the grass, flowers, trees, bushes, and shrubs on your property. These items will change, grow, and adapt to the environmental conditions in your area.

TIP: When planning the plantlife for your softscape, be sure to consider the size of the plants when fully mature, rather than what size they may be when you see them at the nursery. Spacing is an often overlooked aspect of softscape planning!

Hardscape

Hardscaping...

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Plants That Thrive in the Florida Heat

One of the factors to take into account, with regards to landscaping, is the heat and the sun of Florida. Incorporating drought-resistant and low maintenance plants is necessary to keep your landscape looking its best throughout the drier seasons.

Low maintenance plants include species that have:

  • Low fertilizer requirements
  • Few pests or diseases that attack them
  • Infrequent watering and pruning needs
  • Tolerance of the Florida soil (poor alkaline sand or limestone based)

The following species possess all or most of these qualities.

Pineapple Guava

This plant can add a lot of interest and uniqueness to a landscape design. This tree grows between both 8-12 ft. tall and wide. Its grey-green leaves and pink and white flowers can bring an interesting color palette to your overall design. Additionally, the Pineapple Guava grows small, edible fruits that have a distinct guava flavoring to them. Grow this plant in full sunlight, it can handle it!

Autumn Fern

This perennial plant grows a maximum of two feet tall by two feet wide. The leaves are a bronze or copper color and eventually turn to a beautiful dark green during the course of the season. Plant this...

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How to Prepare Your Palms and Landscaping for Hurricane Season

High winds from a hurricane not only can bring disaster to your home, but to your yard as well! The best way you can have a chance of keeping too much damage from happening, is to take precautions well before hurricane season to prepare your palms and landscaping.

Prepare Your Palm Trees

Palm trees love tropical weather, which makes Florida the perfect home for them! This particular tree requires preparation and maintenance all year to protect it during hurricane season.

To increase the strength of your palm trees, they must be fertilized at least two to three times a year, approximately every 4-6 months, to ensure proper nutrition. Additionally, palm tree owners should remove brown/dying fronds. Fronds are the source of health and nutrition for a palm tree and they need to be in top-notch shape before a storm hits. Pruning your palm tree too much can actually be detrimental to the overall health of your palm. However, you should remove coconuts prior to a hurricane, as they can become dangerous projectiles.

If you are looking for palm trees that are particularly adapted to hurricane conditions, choose a species such as Sabel Minor or Serenoa for your lawn. Work with a ...

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Protect Your Landscaping from the Summer Heat in Florida with These Four Hot Tips!

Southern states like Florida, Georgia, and Louisiana have to prepare for heat all year long. However, summers in the southern states are extremely hot, with temperatures that reach well over 80°F daily for several months in a row. During the summer, the heat beats down on your lawn and landscaping causing heat stress and sunburn on your plant life.

Help your plants beat the heat this summer and keep your property flourishing with these six expert tips.

Tip #1: Build your landscape for shade.

When designing landscapes in Florida, consider elements that can add shade, in order to help roots stay cool and plants to stay healthy. Mulching is a huge part of making sure your soil and roots stay cool. Choose natural mulch or compost mulch, which are the best choices for insulation.

Install plants that offer shade and protection while complementing your focal plants. Broadleaf plants such as Hostas, or ground covers like Juniper and Sedum, offer protective shade for soil in your landscaping beds.

Tip #2: Adjust your fertilizer and herbicides to accommodate the heat.

When it comes to landscapes and lawns, it actually is possible to have "too much of a good...

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