Florida-Friendly Landscaping

Maintaining landscaping in Florida has unique challenges. Between the sweltering Spring Hill heat that has the potential to suck the moisture out of every living creature and the daily deluges of summer, we never know what to expect. Luckily, though, research from the University of Florida has indicated that there are nine simple steps to take to keep your lawn Florida-Friendly. Here are the first five to get you started.

 

Right Plant, Right Place

When selecting plants to incorporate into your landscaping, make sure they are able to withstand our weather. Pay attention to where you plant them, as well. Plants that are appropriately placed will require less irrigation and will be less likely to suffer from pest infestations.

 

Water Efficiently

Over-saturated lawns are prone to pest problems, and with our heavy rains, it’s easy to over-do it. Watering during the wrong times – such as in the middle of the afternoon – simply wastes time, money, and resources, as the water evaporates before it has a chance to penetrate the ground. Following Hernando County watering restrictions will ensure that you water only as much as your lawn and garden require.

 

Fertilize Appropriately

To provide your lawn with the nutrients it needs, you may need to use fertilizer. Be sure to use the correct amount (more is not better) and fertilize at the appropriate time to avoid pest problems, excessive watering requirements, and toxic runoff.

 

Mulch

There are many reasons to use mulch in your Spring Hill landscaping. Mulch helps prevent weeds, retain ground moisture, and prevent soil erosion. Use an online mulch calculator or ask a landscaper how much mulch you will need to make sure it does everything that it’s supposed to.

 

Attract Wildlife

Make your landscaping attractive to native wildlife – that has often been displaced by suburban development – by planting flowering bushes and reducing insecticide use. Give Florida critters a place to go by using bat houses and bird feeders, and consider installing a water feature so they have a place to drink, bathe, and preen.

 

Be sure to check back in next month to learn the remaining tips. In the meantime, if you have questions about how to maintain your Hernando County lawn and landscaping, contact Challenger Irrigation. We have over 20 years of experience providing excellent service to our customers in Spring Hill and the surrounding areas.

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