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Here Are 9 Ways to Jazz Up Your Yard Without Grass

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Creating a yard without grass is a popular option right now for homeowners. More and more are using this option to help cut down on the watering that grass requires. In drier parts of the country, yards without grass are becoming the norm (many homes in drier areas use xeriscaping, which focuses on using as little water as possible). Designing a yard without grass is also a great option in Florida. Here are a few ways to jazz up your yard without grass:

1. Use rocks, wood, and bricks to create a courtyard, Zen retreat, or another serene area.

2. Plant wildflowers. These often require less care and water than grass. 

3. Use stone pavers. There are all sorts of looks you can create with stone pavers, many of which can add a unique look to your yard.

4. Spread out with your expansion plans. Florida living isn’t complete without a lanai and/or a pool. If you’re adding or expanding these at your home, you can increase the size if you don’t have to worry about maintaining grassy areas in your home.

5. Consider a courtyard. Courtyard areas can be inviting and relaxing and can be easily created with concrete pavers and gravel, plus a few well-placed plants or flowers and/or a water fountain.

6. Create a garden. Wouldn’t it be fun to go out to your yard and pick up some additions for tonight’s dinner? That’s just what you can do if you have a garden. If you don’t want grass, you can expand the size of your garden, perhaps adding edible trees and more features.

7. Use artificial grass. Turf has become a growing option, and it definitely requires less care than regular grass. Plus, there are turf products that look realistic.

8. Install a rock garden. You already know you can make a garden out of edible items or flowers, but have you ever thought about a rock garden? Rocks can have their own beauty, and a rock garden is a way to add something unique to your yard, be it a large feature or just one small part of your yard design.

9. Put the emphasis on potted plants. You can use small stones or concrete pavers for the yard itself, and then jazz up the area with potted plants. Have fun and be creative. Focus on different colorful flowers, or add a vibrant container garden.

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, 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.

5 Ways to Add Color to Your Landscape

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Take a look at your yard right now. Does it pop with color, or is it kind of blah? If you answered “blah,” then we have some good news for you. There are some easy hacks to incorporate more color into your landscape. Here are a few tips.

1. Make a plan. Ever get to a garden section of a store and you see so many pretty flowers or plants, you just start to load up your cart? Take a step back first—way back, before you even make that trip to the garden center. Plan where you want to add some pops of color via your plantings, and consider the soil, shade, and sun in those locations. Knowing these factors can help make your plant selection more targeted, potentially saving you money.

2. Consider hanging plants, flower boxes, or container plants or flowers. These can add a fun burst of color and are portable. 

3. Add color around your borders. Adding bright plants or flowers around the border of your driveway or walkway can provide a more colorful look.

4. Look beyond just plantings. You can color up your yard’s look with décor like fountains, statues, bird baths, and a lot more. 

5. Add trees. There are plenty of trees that flower at certain points of the year and can add beautiful color to your yard. Get help from companies like Arbor Landscapes to select the right tree(s) that will fit in your yard and have room to grow.

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, 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.

If You Plant It, They Will Come: Attracting Wildlife to Your Yard With the Right Planting

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Do you want your backyard to be a sanctuary for the birds, bees, butterflies, and perhaps other wildlife native to Florida? Then consider adding plants to your yard that are a natural haven or source of food for Florida wildlife. Here are just some of the benefits you get from incorporating plants that attract wildlife:

  • You will provide places for local wildlife to nest, eat, and sleep.

  • Your yard can be a source of peaceful wildlife viewing. You may even discover new wildlife that you didn’t know about before.

  • You will learn more about the birds, bees, and butterflies native to Florida.

  • You will wisely maximize use of the land, potentially cutting costs.

Some examples of native plants known to attract wildlife in Florida include the beautyberry, live oak, cabbage palm, longleaf pine, wax myrtle, and sweetgum. Find a short description of each plant and pictures of them in a University of Florida’s “Using Native Plants” article.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind to successfully set up your plantings to attract wildlife.

1. Mix it up. Aim for a mix of native plants, flowers, and fruit. By diversifying your plant mix, you can ensure you’ll have a colorful, native-friendly yard year-round that helps wildlife in different ways. Diversifying the mix also lessens damage from pests or disease.

2. Think from high to low. Use a mix of plants that have varying heights, as each form of wildlife may feed or find shelter at different levels. 

3. Consider not only the state you are in but also your region and specific locale. Although Florida’s generally known for warm weather, there can be a fairly large variation in the weather by region, and that affects what is ideally grown in various areas of the state. Do your research to make sure you are investing in plants that are specific for your location. A helpful resource online is the Florida Native Plant Society.

4. Don’t forget insects. Insects may not be first and foremost in your mind when planning your landscaping, yet consider the large quantity of insects that certain birds consume each day. By planting flowers, shrubs or trees that naturally attract insects, those lovely birds will quickly follow.

5. Get help. Local garden groups, extension centers, and even growers at farmers markets can be reliable and often free resources as you choose your native plants. Arbor Landscapes also can be a great resource for you and can help you to maintain your plantings year-round.

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, 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.

7 Must-Haves for Your Outdoor Entertaining Space

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One benefit of living in Southwest Florida is that we can enjoy the outdoors at any time of the year. Although you may have done some outdoor entertaining this summer, we bet you’re also looking forward to spending time in your yard or on your deck with family and friends during the cooler days and evenings of fall and winter in Florida. If you’re looking ahead to outdoor entertaining for the upcoming months, here are seven must-haves for your space:

  • Plan for shade. Some of your guests may want to take in the rays, while others want to hide out in the shade. Make sure your outdoor entertaining area has a place where they can shield themselves from the strong Florida sun. Trees can provide natural shade.

  • Outdoor lighting. If you’re entertaining in the evening, you can use a wide variety of lighting that can set a mood, provide safety, and illuminate your beautiful outdoor living space. For more outdoor lighting ideas, check out the blog for our sister company, Arbor Illuminations.

  • Fans. This is yet another essential in the Florida heat. Fans make areas like lanais easier to enjoy year-round.

  • Greenscapes. Nowadays, there’s a big focus on using plants and other greenery to provide a tranquil, natural look to outdoor green spaces. You and your guests will love the look. Embrace this eco-friendly trend by choosing plants that attract native birds, butterflies, and bees.

  • Comfortable seating. Think about the variety of guests you may have coming to visit. Aim for comfortable, easy-to-clean outdoor seating that can accommodate everyone’s different needs. 

  • A grill. Charcoal, gas, or both? The debate over the best type of grill rages on, but the important thing is that you choose one you can easily use and clean.

  • Something to help repel bugs. Whack! Was that another bug beside you? Probably. Did you know that lavender plants can help reduce the number of insects in your yard? Give them a try! Otherwise, in addition to traditional bug spray, there are essential oil companies that sell natural insect repellent. There are also citronella products sold at many stores to help ward off mosquitoes. Trust us—your guests will appreciate your efforts to keep the creepy crawlers away.

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, 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.

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.