So you finally made the move. Here are some new Florida resident gardening tips that you will enjoy. Let’s take a few minutes to discuss the weather, the plant zones and other helpful tips to help you live the Florida lifestyle like you have always dreamed! Of course, if you just want an amazing lawn and landscaping that works well in our climate without the work, give Beautiful Boundaries a call.
Understand The Zone
Most of Southwest Florida where we operate is in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 10A. Using the zone as a guide can help you make decisions on the types of plants and trees you want to have in your hard. These zones are based on temperature, which is why we can grow vegetables all winter and tropical fruits all summer long.
If you are a do it yourself type, we always suggest buying seedlings or plants from a local grower. This way you can be certain to have plants that were started locally. As a new Florida resident, don’t forget there is a rainy and dry season down here which can affect when to plant certain trees.
For The New Florida Resident
There are many factors before purchasing plants and fruit trees for you new Florida home. Just because you have the space doesn’t mean you can plant what ever you want. Why not? If you move into a community that has an HOA, first look over your rules for your community. You may be limited to certain trees, certain amounts and more.
Some communities don’t allow you to plant anything in your yard. These communities are usually the ones where all outside maintenance is covered year round by a commercial company caring for the entire neighborhood. This can be a really good thing. Many vegtable plants and fruit trees require work to care for them. When the majority of residents are part time, you can see how the neighborhood could quickly go down hill fast by looking over grown or uncared for.
Take the time to understand your new yard before you start buying and planting. How does the yard drain? Do you have a septic tank? If so, where is the drain field. You’ll want to stay away from this area. How about the amount of sun that you receive. Know the hours, how much shade etc. Finally, what do you want out of your yard. Do you want to have fruit trees, or tomatoes in the winter? Make sure you will make use of what you grow.
If you decide to plant trees or a garden, keep in mind that Florida has many animals. This means that you may be attracting rabbits, rats, squirrels or other animals into your garden. This shouldn’t be a reason to not have fruits and vegetables, but something to keep in mind.
Would you like to have someone design your landscape for you so that you can just enjoy your home without all the work? Thats exactly what we do here at Beautiful Boundaries. We can help your lawn, selecting and installing native plants, pavers, walkways, lighting and much more. As one of the largest and most trusted landscape companies in Charlotte County, we are here to help you. Read our reviews, talk to your neighbors then give us a call. We look forward to getting to know you and helping our new Florida resident!