At Palm Coast Landscape we love to make your yard and hardscape beautiful. We can control how the landscape looks as it goes in, but we can’t do much after its’ all planted and we leave. I can give you some do it yourself hints for how to keep your garden and yard looking good.
From the Affordable Landscape Highland Homes Website here is a list of a few things you can do to keep your lawn and garden doing well:
“This list of ten affordable and environmentally-safe landscaping tips showcases great ways to add flair to your new home without taking you away from basking in the beautiful summer sun!
- Skip the Fertilizer: All of the Florida rain can wash fertilizer into bays, lagoons, rivers, lakes and oceans. Since residents, tourists and animals spend a lot of time in the water during the summer months, reduce fertilizer pollution going into the water! In places like Tampa, the soil has plenty of phosphorous, so there is no need for fertilizer. Residents of Manatee, Sarasota and Pinellas Counties and the city of Tampa actually have a fertilizer ban.
- Use Iron and Micronutrients: The grass isn’t always greener on the other side! The hot Florida sun is known for leaving brown dry patches in unkempt lawns. Using iron and micronutrient supplements found in many garden centers can help keep your grass green and healthy. In addition, iron doesn’t cause excessive growth, which will save you hours of mowing in the hot Florida sun.
- Save Money with DIY Weed Killer: Making your own weed killer is easy and completely affordable! There are many recipes floating around the internet, but the most standard recipe includes:
3 cups VINEGAR (white distilled with 5%, 10% or 20% acetic acid)
½ cup SALT (allow salt to dissolve into vinegar before adding soap)
1 TBSP SOAP (liquid dish detergent without bleach is safe and effective)
Choose Sun-Friendly Plants:Buy plants that can withstand the warm summer months in Florida with minimal effort. Florida friendly plants don’t require as much water or fertilizer, which gives you more time to do the summer activities you want. Plants like beautyberries, various palm trees and beach sunflowers are very drought tolerant and are natural Florida natives. Looking to grow fruits and vegetables? Try citrus plants, cherry tomatoes and peppers. Click here to learn about more Florida friendly landscaping.”
For more helpful hints on how to keep your yard looking good calls us and I can make an appointment to come and look over your landscapiing.