Want to enjoy a healthy, lush landscape at home, but don’t want to spend all your free time working in your yard? In Florida, you don’t have to sacrifice beauty for convenience. There are several ways to improve your landscaping—and your home’s overall curb appeal—without a ton of effort. Here are five low maintenance landscaping ideas for your Florida home.
1. Make Sure to Mulch
Mulch not only looks pretty and smells appealing, but it also makes your garden easier to maintain. It keeps weeds from sprouting and helps plants get the moisture they need to thrive. Types of organic mulch—like wood chips—break down and add nutrients to the soil, but this mulch will need to be replaced every spring. Kinds of inorganic mulch, like rocks or rubber, never need replacing, and they look great in the right setting.
2. Use Native Plants
When it comes to low-maintenance plants, you can’t go wrong when you go local. Native plants require less fertilizing, watering, and pest control. Luckily, in Florida there are many gorgeous, easy-to-grow native flowers, shrubs, and trees, like azaleas, violets, and the sable palm.
Native grasses require less work, too. In Florida, the best options for low-maintenance lawns include Bahia grass, centipede grass, and Zoysia grass.
3. Consider Ground Cover
If you don’t like dealing with mowing the lawn from week to week, especially when temperatures get hot, consider replacing your grass with a low-maintenance ground cover plant. The right ground cover can give you that lush, green lawn you’re looking for without the hassle of mowing. In Florida, some excellent options include English ivy, creeping phlox, and periwinkle.
4. Make Container Gardens
Container gardens are an easy-to-care-for alternative to traditional flower beds—they don’t require any digging or hard labor. It’s also easier to keep weeds and pests out of potted plants than those living in the ground. Arrange potted plants in your yard in pleasing arrangements and move them easily whenever you’re in the mood for a change.
5. Add Color with Perennials
Perennials are an excellent option if you want to add pops of color to your garden. These plants come back on their own year after year, as long as they get the right amount of water and sunlight. Some low-maintenance native perennials that grow well in Florida’s unique climate include tickseed, blanket flower, and blazing star.
Leave Lawn Care to the Experts
When the weather in Florida gets hot and humid, the last thing you want to do is go outside to work on your yard. While we don’t provide landscaping services, you can rely on the lawn care experts at Evergreen Lawn and Pest Control to keep your lawn green!
Our lawn care is backed with 30+ years of experience in developing treatments tailored to your specific grass. We’ll keep your lawn beautiful, and you’ll never have to lift a finger! Call us at (407) 880-6655 for your free consultation, or get a free quote today!