Did you know that good landscaping can raise the value of your home by at least 5.5%? Even if you’re not selling your home, it’s a worthwhile investment.
Plus, a nicely landscaped yard makes your home look more inviting. That’s great for you, your guests, and your neighborhood.
The trouble is, landscape design is an art form that not everyone is a master at.
Luckily, we’re here to share a few landscaping tips and tricks. Read on to get some landscaping ideas that can transform your Florida home.
1. Make a Plan for Your Landscaping
Before you start digging up bushes and buying plants, make a plan. You need to set a budget, figure out how much space you’re working with, and decide how you want the space to look. Without a plan, you might spend too much on plants you’ll have to replace in a few months.
Start by drawing a rough sketch of your yard. Once you see how many square feet there are and how much sun or shade your yard gets, you can decide which plants to buy.
If you’re not sure what to buy, you can ask at your local nursery or plant shop or hire a professional landscape designer.
2. Plant Flowers That Bloom All Year Long
All landscapes benefit from a few pops of color. Since the Florida climate is warm enough to accommodate year long flowers, you should take advantage of it.
Lantana, hibiscus, Gerbera daisies, and Mexican heather are just a few of the plants that produce flowers all year long in Florida. With the right care and conditions, they’ll look great for years to come.
3. Limit the Amount of Grass You Have
A healthy green lawn is great for curb appeal, but it’s not always realistic when you live in Florida. With drought and extreme heat, brown grass is inevitable unless you have an irrigation system.
The best way to avoid this issue is to limit the amount of grass you have. You can replace some parts of your yard with additional flower beds, pavers, pea gravel, or even artificial turf. Your home will have great curb appeal without the eyesore of brown grass.
4. Include Trees in Your Design
Trees can lower your energy costs by as much as 50%. They also add height and dimension to your landscape design. Trees help draw the eye upward which will complement your home.
Keep in mind that any tree you plant will get bigger over time. If you’re planning on including a tree in your design, make sure you leave enough room for neighboring plants.
5. Add Outdoor Lighting
What good is great landscaping if no one can see it? Make it stand out with some outdoor lighting. It will make your house pop and offer some added security.
Add a row of lights along the path to your house or put a spotlight on a beloved palm tree. It will give your home a welcoming glow that will set it apart from the neighborhood.
Transform Your Home’s Landscape Design Today
Great landscape design is possible with these tips and tricks. Try adding some lighting, planting a tree, or choosing year long blooming flowers to refresh your landscaping.
If you want to upgrade your landscaping but you don’t know where to start, By Design Landscape Tampa can help. We offer everything from design and installation to maintenance and irrigation systems. Contact us today to get a free estimate.