Recently we had a question about landscaping ideas for the Florida area and what kind of ideas we had for those who lived in a hot and humid environment. Our passion is landscapes and making our outdoors looking great, whether that is your back yard, front yard or just a small portion of your yard. We spend hundreds of hours every year making sure our lawns are well cared for, that our landscapes look great, but do we really get to enjoy all of our hard work?
How does someone enjoy landscaping in Florida? We asked a friend of ours who owns Discount Tree Service in Ft Lauderdale some of these questions to get an idea of what works in his area, especially during the few hot months of summer (usually from July – September). For three months people hid indoors and tend to neglect their landscaping work.
Install a pool. Many homeowners have their own swimming pools. This allows you to cool off, maybe after playing a game of cornhole.
Install a small back yard kitchen. These ideas can cost a lot of money but there are some basic outdoor kitchens that anyone can get on a small budget.
Install a small pond with misters. You can pick a small pond, plant trees, shrubs and bushes around it as well as put in a few misters. These misters will help cool the air around you as well as makes the area feel a few degrees coolers.
Add a few larger oak trees. Oak tree grow abundantly in most parts of Florida and they provide a lot of shade. Get some of these trees planted around your yard and house and you will feel a big difference. Be sure to hire a qualified arborist to prune your other trees as well.
One of the key points is to have enough shade trees in your yard to help keep it cooler. Trees are a great way to enhance your landscape and are easy to plant, trim and remove and replace.
Maintaining your yard through tree trimming and tree removal services. Most yards have over grown trees or hedges that block views and sun light. In some areas of the country, having trees for shade is a good thing, but overgrown trees can cause more harm than good. It’s important to try to keep your trees maintained so that you don’t have over grown or unhealthy trees.
Areas such as Florida that see hot summers and more than 300 days of sun every year, having a few healthy grown trees will provide the shade needed to keep a house cool. Shade is important in these areas but how to do you balance an over grown tree from that of a healthy, yet full tree? There are many companies that specialize in tree trimming services throughout the country.
Florida has hundreds of companies and individuals who do this type of work full time. Miller Son Tree Service in Tampa has been serving the area for over five years of not just trimming trees but also removing unhealthy trees from people’s yards. While the goal is to save a tree from being cut down, some trees are better to be taken down and replaced by a new healthy tree. Trees in Florida are easy to maintain because of the perfect weather conditions for growing. With over 300 days of sun and the storms that bring rain, trees are relatively easy to grow and maintain. Most trees just need a little care every few years with either pruning or trimming off dead branches.
With a well maintained yard, you will be able to enjoy the summer months in a cool shaded place, as well as the lowered cooling cost of your home. Most trees are free to maintain in Florida, except the occasional cost of fertilizer and trimming services.
With winter settled in the Spokane area, there isn’t much you can do with your yard. All landscaping activities have stopped. Those nice summer parties are now indoors as the children play outside in the snow. Even though lawn care is not needed in the winter, its still important to maintain your outdoor appliances. Outdoor appliances include your gas grill, as well as any fridges or stoves you may on your deck. Usually those who enjoy the outdoors of their backyard will have an area built for entertaining, an outdoor kitchen or maybe just one gas or charcoal grill. Even though these items are made to last out in the weather, they still need to be maintained during the off season.
How to maintain your outdoor appliances:
By a waterproof cover that completely covers your appliance.
Put gas or charcoal grills inside if possible.
Build a gazebo our buy a small shed where you can store your appliances during the winter.
Before winter sets in, have your appliances checked or winterized by a professional.
Weather is hard enough on your outdoor appliances, so the simple act of covering the appliance will help keep it from getting damaged. Even though most outdoor appliances are made to withstand harsh environments, they can still get damaged by winter storms, winds, debris and/or animals. One big issue you need to be aware of, is that little rodents may try to build a home inside of your appliance. If they can find a way, they will try to escape the weather.
In order to be prepared for the winter months, contact a local company that will help you manage and maintain your appliances. One great company is Robinsons Appliance Repair. They have been serving Spokane for more than 30 years. With so many years of experience they can help you make sure you won’t have a huge repair bill when summer comes back around. Not only will they help you keep your appliances in great working order but they offer appliance repair services throughout all of Spokane, WA.
Our friend as Spokane Landscaping have sent notice to us that they plan on adding landscape lighting to their services for the 2014 landscaping season. This is great news for those looking to get lighting in place and don’t know how to do it.
If you don’t know who Spokane Landscaping is, here is a quick promo video of their business:
Winter is almost here, which means the dark winter nights will be upon us! Just because it is winter doesn’t mean you need to slack on your landscaping. Having landscape lighting will help not only keep your yard looking great but it will help brighten up a rather dark and cold period of time. Living in Spokane, we don’t lose too much day light during the winter, but at the peak of winter we will have about 8 hours of day light, which means more than half the day it will be dark. Having lighting features like driveway lights will make your house look much nicer in the winter.