Fall: Perfect Time to Plant Your Florida Landscape

It’s no secret that many of Florida’s residents are originally from a state north of here. This is most likely why so many people have an aversion to installing their landscape design in fall and winter. Having grown up in Wisconsin, I can attest to the fact that planting something before a long winter of freezing temperatures is a sure way to kill your investment! The truth is, the perfect time for most planting in Jacksonville is now! We have a unique climate here in Northeast Florida in that it is hot and humid enough in summer for tropical plants, but cold enough in winter to damage and potentially kill the more sensitive tropical plants. With the exception of these tropicals, cooler temperatures are ideal for planting because it allows the newly planted landscape to establish a healthy root system before the stress of summer’s heat rolls around.

Don’t get me wrong, you can install your landscape any time of year here in Jacksonville. If you want more tropical plants in your yard it is best to wait until spring when there is no chance of a freeze. If you plant everything in the middle of summer, all it means is you will have to be more diligent with watering. The best thing you can do, whether you are adding a few plants to your garden by yourself or having a landscape contractor do it for you, is ask how often you need to water those plants to get them established. We have a lot of great landscape resources on the First Coast so don’t hesitate to use them! Happy Gardening!

Successful Installation Starts with a Sound Design

One of the most frustrating things that can happen to a homeowner is having to redo something they just paid for. Equally frustrating…tearing up a new patio or rebuilding a wall because no one planned for things like lighting, irrigation or electrical. Even if a homeowner doesn’t have the budget to install their dream yard right away, it’s important to create a full design including all of the design elements they could ever hope for, so that as they add to the project it doesn’t look like things were carelessly piecemealed. More importantly, it reduces the risk of having to pay someone to redo pavers that were just laid a year or two ago.

Any time we meet with homeowners for a consultation, we do our best to determine what their ‘dream’ outdoor living space contains. Maybe they can only afford to install a fraction of it at the time, but it’s important to know what the end destination is so we can plan accordingly. For instance, it wouldn’t be advisable to plant a large tree in the middle of the yard if the homeowners would like to build a pool in a few years…moving large trees isn’t fun!

When you start with detailed design it is sure to pay off in the long run. A little bit of foresight goes a long way!