Designed and landscaped yards can create a sense of space around the house. Clearing grass and landscapes, winding paths and organic materials will give gardens and landscapes a natural feel.
When plants, difficult situations, and decorations are chosen, we can look at Florida’s natural environment and make our homes feel like pine forests, or perhaps an oak hammer. The Florida style is ideal for this “sense of place” and the trend is becoming more popular throughout the state.
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As one of the UF / Extension Lake County Master gardeners teaches, look at nature to guide design and garden maintenance. Trim the bushes to the clouds, leaving the perfect rectangles or circles we are used to. Shrubs should flow to each other in slow, round shapes.
Slightly narrow the ends so that the bushes do not become too heavy and the lower branches do not stumble. Take a look at the hot summer days on the big cumulus clouds and use their soft and informal look as inspiration.
Wind paths and sidewalks to simulate rivers and streams and to avoid heavy, geometric shapes such as rectangles, triangles and squares. Since these things happen in nature and help to add to the overall natural theme, choose sidewalk materials such as mud, stone or even crushed bark. In a landscaping association (HIA), sand was used to create roads in and around green shrubs and trees for sale. The whole garden felt like Zen, and the sand was necessary to create this effect.
Think about local trees when choosing mulch. For example, pine straw and pine bark are collected from generations to Central and North Florida and are used as renewable resources. Although cypress trees are commonly used for dressing and are widely used on coastal plains, this species is not recommended as a deodorant by the Florida Appropriate LandscapeTM Program (FFL).
According to FFL, cypress mud can be “difficult to determine.” Cypress can be harvested from “waste wood”, wood products, or “trees that are completely cut down from wetlands.”
Add points of limestone and systematic fallen hands and branches. Leave bugs that are dead trees, but only if they are not in danger of causing damage to property. Dead trees can be cut down to a height of 10 to 15 feet in order to maintain a beautiful trunk to prevent damage.
When we do, it creates a long structure that requires attention. Grow figs or peel the fig leaves to allow the sun to burn. Some local gardeners have worked with the HOA to allow the tops in their area to be given to the birds.
Relaxing and natural gardens often use texture rather than color. Think about how much attention a plant needs to determine its size, shape, and texture. Fine-grained plants have a delicate, delicate shape or small leaves. Medium-textured plants show average size of leaves; Most plants fall into this category.
Large-textured plants show large leaves with bright colors and flexibility. Mix these textures into your environment to further enhance a calm, natural look.
Expand the Florida area to your yard by adding natural plants, straws, accents, sidewalks, and more.
Brooke Mofis is the UF / Extension Lake County Commercial Garden and FL Suitable Landscaping Agent. Email her at email@example.com.
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