|Landscaping Plan For a New House|
94 degrees and 95% humidity makes it feel like 105 degrees outside and it is only the first week of summer in southwest Florida. Watching the maintenance and landscaping crews work makes you wonder how they can work so hard in the heat, dripping wet they go from one job to the next beautifying yard after yard.
Before Mostly Junipers
I have designed and sold a few projects in Bobcat Trail in North Port this year these newer homes have the builders package landscape plan which generally consists of the same tired, cheap plants; shore juniper, cabbage palms, Washingtonian palms, flax lily, iris and grasses.
The skid loader makes short work of removing the old juniper and the weeping bottlebrush. The bottlebrush was good looking but planted to close to the house. Maintenance for Bobcat Trail is done by a major national company and they trim all the bloom from the bottlebrush even though the clients have asked them not to, I replaced it with a palm at the proper spacing.
|Sun Impatiens, Oh Yeah|
|No Real Landscaping Before|
|Cleared Property Line|
|Adding Curb Appeal|
Topdressing beds with landscaping stone whether bagged or from a gravel pit is an effective method to help reduce weeds. Landscaping fabric or weed barrier is installed under the fabric and weeds are kept at bay. Gravel pits are in short supply down here in flat Florida so all stone is imported from other states. I traveled to a few of our stone suppliers last week and got an education on how the stone gets to our southern most state. Very interesting.
This will give you an idea of why stone costs so much in FL, back in IN we could just go to the gravel pit and buy stone for around $ 12.00 a ton, down here all that shipping translates into stone that costs $ 120.00 a ton. But it was a pretty cool to watch the stone being delivered.
Been awhile since I was required to wear a safety vest and hard hat but I did not mind. I would prefer to have my own hardhat and not wear someone else's but that's okay.
The Grate Over the Pit