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8 Ways to Prepare Your Landscaping for Hurricane Season

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Hurricane season began in June and continues through November 30. If a bad storm were to hit in your area, do you think your landscaping would be fully prepared against potential damage? Just like you prepare other parts of your home against potential hurricane damage, you should also take steps to prepare your landscaping. Here’s how:

  • Carefully consider the types of trees you want to plant. Some trees are planted in soft soil, which makes them easier to fall over during a hurricane, according to a blog article from Allstate Insurance. “The University of Florida says storm-wise planting should consider the mature height of the tree to help avoid future interference with fences, buildings or power lines,” the Allstate article reports.

  • Double check your insurance. In addition to your home and any valuables, make sure your policy covers important landscaping features, such as a pool, pond, and even hardscapes (hardscapes are hard areas in your yard, including driveways, stairs, walkways, etc.).

  • Make sure your gutters are clear. This will allow rain and storm water to flow properly, according to the University of Florida IFAS.

  • Take pictures of your landscaping before a storm hits. This will make it easier to track any damage that has occurred.

  • Know what items should be secured or moved inside if a storm is coming. This could include potted plants, lawn furniture, grills, toys, and yard art.

  • Check trees and shrubs to prune any away from the home and to get debris out of the yard before a storm hits, advises another article from the University of Florida IFAS

  • Get rid of any dead trees and shrubs from the landscape. Make sure to call a certified arborist to handle any hazardous trees.

  • Turn off any irrigation systems if a storm is on the way to your area.

Arbor Landscapes Paves the Way in Local Landscaping

At Arbor Landscapes, your property is our mission. We are a full-service landscape company offering a variety of services, including an eco-friendly space, lawn care, xeriscaping, lighting and irrigation. Arbor Landscapes is dedicated to providing service in Siesta Key, Bird Key, Longboat Key, Casey Key, Sarasota, Bradenton, and Lakewood Ranch. We have extensive experience working in the Florida climate and are committed to creating the landscape of your dreams. Whether you need lawn-care maintenance, landscaping design, or want to try eco-friendly xeriscaping, Arbor Landscapes is your company. We are here to transform your lawn into something amazing that you will love. Call us today at 941-927-8002, or visit us online.

5 Trends in 2019 for Residential Landscaping

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Looking to improve your landscaping this year? There are a lot of changes you can make for an impressive yard. Read on to discover more about 2019 trends and beyond in home landscaping.

1. Using edible and native plants.

With a greater focus on where our food comes from, how about growing something in your own backyard? That’s why more and more homeowners are using fruit and vegetable plants as part of their landscaping. Similarly, homeowners are moving toward the use of more native plants, which can help support local bees, birds, and butterflies.

2. Finding more than one use for landscaping additions.

Another trend this year is finding functional purposes for landscaping additions. “For example, a vertical vegetable garden grown on a trellis can also service as a privacy fence,” according to an article from Realtor.com. “Or, a retaining wall can including built-in seating, good for conversing with friends or watching movies projected onto a screen.”

3. Outdoor kitchens. 

If your backyard has a scenic view or perhaps a pool, you probably don’t want to leave it to prep your meals. That’s why outdoor kitchens are a growing landscaping trend. Beyond just a grill, some homeowners are adding pizza ovens and smokers for top-of-the-line outdoor meals.

4. Xeriscaping. 

This oddly-spelled word refers to landscaping that lowers or completely gets rid of the need for supplemental watering from sprinklers or an irrigation system. Instead, drought-resistant plants and shrubs are used, and the landscaping has more areas filled with mulch or gravel instead of grass. Although estimates vary, xeriscaping can decrease water use by approximately 50% compared with conventional landscaping. Homeowners who use xeriscaping often save on water, fertilizer, and lawn equipment.

5. Topiaries. 

Traditionally, most people think of topiaries as the specially shaped shrubs that are popular in English yards. However, the word topiary actually refers to any type of shrub that’s been designed in a different kind of shape. With the help of trusted landscaping professionals, topiaries can give your lawn a unique and inviting look.

Arbor Landscapes Paves the Way in Local Landscaping

At Arbor Landscapes, your property is our mission. We are a full-service landscape company offering a variety of services, including lawn care, xeriscaping, lighting and irrigation. Arbor Landscapes is dedicated to providing service in Siesta Key, Bird Key, Longboat Key, Casey Key, Sarasota, Bradenton, Anna Maria Island, and Lakewood Ranch. We have extensive experience working in the Florida climate and are committed to creating the landscape of your dreams. Whether you need lawn care maintenance, landscaping design, or want to try eco-friendly xeriscaping, Arbor Landscapes is your company. We are here to transform your lawn into something amazing that you will love. Call us today at 941.927.8002, or visit us online.