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.
Alex of Discount Tree Service in Ft Lauderdale offered a few pointers on how you can enjoy your yard during those hot summer months.
- 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.