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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.

7 Symptoms of Dying Trees in Your Yard

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Sometimes, despite your best efforts, you may have trees in your yard that are affected by disease or old age. How can you tell if a tree is on its last limbs, so to speak? Here are a few symptoms that indicate a tree may be dying:

1. There are dead or dying limbs. Look out for limbs that are gray and that break easily. Although these limbs may have some leaves, the foliage is not as full as it may be on other parts of the tree.

2. The tree has branches that don’t look attached to the tree.

3. The tree has an odd shape or is leaning more to one side than another.

4. Insects that are not usually found in the tree are making a home there. It’s only natural that some insects will live in a tree, but if you start to notice insects that weren’t present before, it could be a sign of a problem. For example, there are insects that cause the decay of a tree, and others that will eat the leaves. A trusted company like Arbor Landscapes can help guide you through questions you may have about normal versus not-normal insect life around your tree.

5. The tree lacks leaves or has very few of them.

6. The tree trunk has rotted-out areas.

7. There are areas of dead bark around the tree.

What to Do If You Have a Tree That’s Dying

The best way to proceed if you have a tree in your yard that’s dying is to contact a trusted landscaping company, like Arbor Landscapes. We can fully evaluate the tree and advise on the best way to proceed, be it with special treatments (just like we humans receive when we are sick), tree removal, or other steps. It’s always best to call us sooner rather than later, as a dying tree is more than just an eyesore. Depending on the tree size, limbs may fall and damage parts of your home and yard. Additionally, the cost to remove a dead tree is higher than if you call us earlier in the process. We can discuss with you the possibilities for tree replacement. 

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.