Spring Tips for Landscaping Your Florida Home

Spring Tips for Landscaping Your Florida Home

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Florida homeA great way to give your home a facelift is through landscaping, and sunny, spring weather is the perfect time to increase the curb appeal of your Florida home.

Ways to Beautify Your Florida Home

Springtime is the most temperate time of the year in Florida, which makes it the perfect time to beautify your flower gardens and other outdoor plants. According to the Institute of Food and Agricultural Services at the University of Florida, you can beautify your Florida home in a number of ways:

  • Annuals – These add bright colors to your landscaping. One to consider during the spring is coleus since it can grow in both the sun and shade.
  • Bulbs – These plants come up yearly and are easy to maintain. The daylily can provide several months of beautiful blooms for your Florida home.
  • Herbs – These plants can add a variety of greenery to your garden area. As an added treat, they can spice up your favorite meals. Some to consider include nasturtiums, basil, coriander, mint, rosemary, and sage.

Tips for Adding New Plants to Your Landscaping

When adding plants to your yard, you want to be sure that you have a plan of action. Adding plants willy-nilly will not add to your curb appeal. Here are some tips to help you create a plan that will make your Florida home beautiful.

Think About Lawn Mowers: When adding landscaping projects to your yard, think about the use of lawn equipment. Can your lawn mower easily maneuver around your garden area? Also, consider equipment access for simple home repairs and maintenance. You don’t want to have to redo your garden each time you pressure wash your home.

Create a Focal Point: Your landscaping should draw the eye to one point. This can be done through decorative features like a statue or fountain, or it can be done with a specific color from a special plant. When considering your focal point, be sure that it makes sense with your current landscaping.

Be Careful With Too Much Symmetry: Many novice gardeners try to make everything equal, with matching plants on each side. However, if a plant dies and needs replacing, the symmetry is ruined unless you replace all the plants. Rather than going with a formal garden space, it is much easier to maintain something that is more natural.

Balance Curves with Straight Lines: Some curves in your garden space will add visual appeal. However, too many curves can leave the eye feeling confused.

Find a Way to Add Movement: When you look at your garden, it should not be like looking at a photograph. Instead, there should be movement. Be sure to add some long plants that move in the breeze, such as ornamental grasses. Also, add plants that attract butterflies and birds. These natural creatures will add movement to your garden as well.

Accent, Don’t Overpower: The point of landscaping is to provide an accent to your beautiful Florida home. Adding too much landscaping or letting the plants grow too large will overpower that beauty.

Be Willing To Start From Scratch: If you don’t like your current landscaping and can’t find a good way to add something new to what you already have, consider starting from scratch. Sometimes it is easier to create a new design than rework an old one.

Understand Plant Size: When planting your garden, remember that plants grow. This means you need to provide space for that growth. You will also need to consider which plants grow the biggest so that you don’t put a larger plant in front a smaller plant.

Use Mulch: Mulch is a great way to decrease your landscape maintenance. Adding mulch provides water and prevents weeds in your garden area.

Springtime is the perfect time for beautifying your Florida home. By adding a landscape project, you can not only increase your curb appeal but enjoy outdoor living in your new garden space. If you have questions about additional ways to increase the curb appeal of your home, give us a call. We’d love to help.

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