While you’re building or remodeling your home, don’t forget to take into consideration the area surrounding it. What matters most to you as a homeowner when you look outside? More than likely it’s the most beautiful view possible of palm trees, plantings and a well-manicured lawn. A well-designed yard is not only pleasing to the eye, but also adds curb appeal and increased value to your investment. What does it take, then to achieve it? You can start the ideas rolling with this easy list of tips for landscaping in Florida courtesy of Landscapingnetwork.com. From in the ground to on the ground, your yard has the potential to look amazing.

Get your start on the right foot with a certified landscape architect. Certified landscape architects, says, Study.com, have a combination of experience and education in landscape architecture, and have passed a licensure examination. (Licensure is sponsored by the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB), which also offers certification.)


Once you’ve hired a certified professional to design your yard, you can work with them to first choose the most effective irrigation system for its needs, one that can be easily adjusted to suit our tropical Florida climate of heat, rain and often months-long drought. Consider which plants you’d like to see out your window as well as those that work in a sustainable setting to maximize their growth and health. A myriad assortment of beautiful native plantings exists, from succulents, orchids and bromeliads, to hedge flowers like fichus, cocoplums and Indian Hawthorne with its beautiful pink flowers. Then there are the many varieties of palm trees, including the fanlike Bismarck palm and stately royal and coconut palms that reach a potential 60-100 feet in height.


Think about how your time will be spent outside. Do you plan to relax on the patio or play with the kids/grandkids on the lawn? Soft, silky Bahia grass welcomes bare feet, while stiffer St. Augustine grass is a more sustainable, easy to care for option.  Both do very well in our tropical climate with proper care.


With close to 20 years of home remodeling and construction experience, J. Sweet Construction can offer great advice on your landscape design dreams, with honesty and integrity.

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