One of my pet peeves is the landscaping most builders use. Unless the site is professionally landscaped, builders generally plant shrubs and flowers with no thought as to how tall they will grow or how well they will do in the sun or shade.
This isn’t rocket science. Every plant at Home Depot gives its height and sun or shade requirements. They often place plants that will grow taller in front of ones that will remain only two feet tall. Bushes that will eventually be five feet tall and just as wide are in front of windows or six inches from sidewalks. Thorny plants are right next to pathways. Those small trees will become giant oaks and pines with sprawling roots that will crack the swimming pool or disrupt the septic system. Plants are set too close to the house making it a nightmare to pressure wash or paint.
Having color is attractive, but most homeowners will have to move most of their landscaping when they realize they’ve got an overgrown mess. The buyers are often from other areas and have no idea what their yard will look like in a year. My advice: Plan ahead and choose carefully. Tell your local garden store where you want to plant something, and they will guide you to the right selections. Many plants that grow in southern Florida will die in northern Florida and vice versa.
One good resource for information is http://www.floridayard.org/. Plan a yard that will be drought resistant, cold hardy and benefit the environment. A little planning will save a lot of headache and expense.
Do you agree?
Roxanne Moore, Realtor
Shannon Moore, Realtor
Prudential Florida WCI
North Port, Port Charlotte, Venice