Grassless Florida Friendly Landscaping

The time has come to do something with that old lawn. Why replace it with more grass? The first cold front has already brought with it cooler weather, and a lack of rain. Wouldn’t it be nice to put in something that will look colorful all year long and last many years without a lot of work? Go Grassless.

Low Maintenance Landscape

If you are looking for something easy to maintain, less grass is your best option.  Think about it… grass is the highest maintenance element in any landscape design.  it requires constant attention from mowing, to weeding, to chemical to physical, weekly during the growing season to bi-weekly in the off-season.  Reduce or eliminate this one element and your amount of yard maintenance is also reduced.  This is a no-brainer!

Anytime is the Right Time 

Unlike traditional landscape projects, grassless landscape designs can be installed any time of year.  Hardscape elements like Pavers and Pathways add value to any landscape design.  These projects can also be done in the winter months.  In fact, it is better to plan these projects when the rain is not in the forecast.  Most of my clients like to do all of their work during the hottest and wettest part of the year, and that’s alright… I don’t mind it.  But, why wait?  Getting your plants in the soil during the dormant season will have them established during the growing season.

Save Water and Still Look Great!

Watering plants during the dormant season means using less water.  Less water also helps with having less weeds…nature works like a machine.  One thing effects another and on and on.  If you want a low maintenance landscape, you must design it that way.  Everything has a process that it follows by design.  Grassless yards are designed to save you time, water and money.  

 

What is Florida Friendly Landscaping?

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Florida Friendly Landscaping

Being in Florida, dry is something we experience often.  A Florida friendly landscape can make for a wonderful addition to your home whether it is for looks or necessity. An aesthetically pleasing and functional landscape can be achieved simply by proper planning.

Knowledge is Power

All variables must be taken into consideration when establishing a design.  Incorporating Florida friendly plants along with alternatives to grass is a great place to start.  Being educated about the plants is equally important as “what catches the eye”.  Placement is a key to keeping those plants healthy and easily maintainable.  Materials such as stone, mulch and shell are remarkable substitutes to having a lawn.   Numerous combinations of natural resources can be manipulated into a beautiful composition that can overspread a lot or a little square footage.

How do I decide?

When choosing to landscape your home, recognize your aspirations and desires, consider your budget and inquire about the investment. The more knowledgeable you are as the homeowner, the happier you will be with the final result and reasoning behind your decisions.

Things to Consider

First, the up-front cost of this method of landscaping can be much higher than installing grass. As always, when you are purchasing anything of higher quality… expect to pay more. Using rock and stone materials in your landscape design will reduce the cost of maintenance, but can inflate the budget in the beginning. Keeping the stone and rock budget to controlled amounts (only in, and around key focal points) will also help keep your initial costs down.