Following up on last months blog, here are 7 Florida friendly landscaping tips for all you new residents. Don’t worry, if you ever feel like it too much work to keep your property amazing all year round, give us a call. We are the top rated landscaping company and most trusted in Charlotte County.
Let’s get right to the tips and why each one is important.
Florida Friendly Landscaping Tips Are…
Water Often But Not Too Often –
Ok sounds like a trick question, but what do we mean? Most lawns need about 3 quarters to an inch of water each week during the summer. In the winter and cooler months, by Florida standards, every other week is fine. Water can come from rain, or from irrigation. Here is the caution don’t over water. Over-watering creates shallow roots, making plants more vulnerable to disease and pests, as well as to drought.
When to Water –
You want to water early in the morning right before the sun rise. This usually is the part of the day when evaporation rates are the lowest. Don’t water late as night as water laying around all night long could cause other problems like mold.
Know Your Lawn –
While it’s great to have your lawn on a watering schedule, you need to keep an eye on your lawn. If the winds recently picked up, the ground could be drying out extra fast. Look for signs your lawn is thirsty like the blades of grass are folded or you footprint remains when you walk on it.
Keep Your Irrigation System Serviced –
Make sure you have an irrigation rain sensor so you won’t find your system watering your lawn during a rain storm. Make sure you know how much water the system is putting down. Check all the sprinkler heads to make sure none are leaking and the water is actually being sprayed on your lawn. In some cases you may want to look in to drip or micro irrigation systems to get the water to the roots of your plants and reduce evaporation.
Adding mulch around your plants can help to hold in moisture. This mean when it rains or your water, less will evaporate, but can be used by the plant. The question is how much mulch. We have seen some pile it a foot thick, while others just sprinkle it around. Look for a future article all about mulch. A good all around number is 2 inches of much around most plants and trees in your yard.
Attract Amazing Wildlife –
If you have vegetables or fruit trees you need pollinators! Think about what you are planting and make sure you give consideration for bees and butterflies. We have this great article about butterfly gardens.
The Perfect Lawn Mow –
If you love the smell and look of a freshly cut lawn, then make sure your blades are sharp. Don’t cut your grass too short. Learn what type of grass you have and the ideal cutting height. Cutting too short or with dull blades, can open your yard up to damage and pests.
If these 7 Florida friendly landscaping tips sounds like too much, and you would rather sit back and have someone else make your yard look great reach out to us. We do just about everything around your yard even including pavers, patios and amazing landscaping designs.