SEA GRAPE FOR YOUR BEACHFRONT ESCAPE

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Searching for a large, interesting shrub for your Southwest Florida beachfront home? Consider the sea grape. Just because it grows wild along the coast doesn’t mean you can’t introduce it to your residential landscape. In fact, its tolerance for salty, dry and windy conditions makes a perfect windbreak, noise barrier and sand-dune stabilizer around your property. Reaching more than eight feet wide and tall, the sea grape’s female variety will produce clusters of fruit that resemble grapes. Continue Reading

LANDSCAPING INCREASES VALUE BY HOW MUCH?

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I want to redo the landscape in my yard and need help establishing a budget. What percentage of my home's value should be put into landscaping? What percentage can I expect to get back if I were to sell? How much will my house appreciate due to professional landscaping? Answer:  Real estate studies suggest that you can increase the value of your home 5-15 percent by upgrading your landscape from poor to good. What constitutes a "good" landscape is somewhat arbitrary, and how much of a boost Continue Reading

STROMANTHE IS MADE FOR THE SHADE.

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Q:  I’m looking for a shade-loving tropical with showy color that will uplift a “just green” landscape.  What would you suggest? A:  In Southwest Florida, where our winters typically don’t get too long or cold, we’d recommend the tricolor stromanthe.  Its variegated foliage of cream and green on the top and reddish-pink on the bottom thrives in the shade, as long as you plant it in moist, well-drained soil.  Too much sun will cause the leaves to sunburn and produce unsightly brown splotches, Continue Reading

DO YOUR PALMS MEASURE UP PRICE-WISE?

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Q:  I’ve renovated my landscape several times but am never sure if I’m comparing apples to apples when reviewing designs from different companies.  Could you enlighten me on the industry lingo used for palms so I know exactly what I’m paying for? A:  First, we’re glad you’re always keeping your landscapes fresh and new.  Many people don’t realize the life expectancy of plants in Southwest Florida.  The biggest challenge when comparing designs and costs is the size of the recommended palm.  Continue Reading