Going Native

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When we moved into our new house almost a year ago (I can’t believe its been that long already) we knew our yard needed some help.

It looks green, but most of the grass to the left of our mailbox was dead and crusty, the small trees were long dead and we really didn’t like the plants that lined the house and sidewalk

It looks green, but most of the grass to the left of our mailbox was dead and crusty, the small trees were long dead and we really didn’t like the plants that lined the house and sidewalk

We learned long ago that in Florida if you don’t constantly dump chemicals on your lawn it will be devastated by chinch bugs. At our old house took us two partial lawn replacements, thousands of dollars and a really sore back to learn that lesson. So not wanting to go through that again at our new house but also not wanting to go the chemical route we opted for a different solution…going native.

It turns out if you look to nature to solve your problems you will find some pretty interesting and incredibly efficient solutions. So in our case, by landscaping our front yard with all native Florida plants and trees we solve two problems at once. Because everything we planted was native to Florida, these plants and trees have evolved over a long period of time and have become the “winners” if you will. The Florida bugs don’t eat them like candy and the plants and trees are used to the typical Florida rain cycles so there is no need to have timed sprinklers anymore.

So we went to a free Florida Native session that was given at a garden center just up the street from our house to get some ideas. We chatted with the guy giving the talk and it turns out his name was Skip and his wife’s name is Erin. Well, we obviously had to hire them immediately. Within about a month Skip had the front yard landscape design complete and demolition of our old yard and installation of our new Florida Native yard began.

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It took less than 5 days and our front yard was completely transformed.

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Now that our yard has had a few months to grow in it is really starting to pop. The wildflowers are all blooming and the cooler and rainy weather is helping some of the slower growing plants to really take hold. I can’t wait to see what it looks like in another year!

If you are reading this and are in our local area and want to do something similar to your yard reach out to Change of Greenery and tell Skip that Skip sent you to him (just to mess with his brain a bit).

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