First Impressions

First Impressions

Have you ever driven down a residential street and your eyes are drawn to a certain home? The architectural design and color of the home contributes to this curb appeal. But the landscape design plays a major factor in directing the eye and can either enhance or distract. The correct landscape design can block unappealing elements of the property or an adjacent home and frame appealing amenities. A landscape design should capture and direct the eye to the home. This is the first impression a buyer will have of your home.

An appealing landscape tells a Buyer more than this homeowner has a green thumb. It is an indication of the owner’s attention to detail and maintenance not just of the yard but also the home itself. If the owner has a neat appealing landscape design it welcomes the buyer to see more. Any Realtor can tell you that numerous sales are lost because a buyer upon driving by a home doesn’t  want to view the inside! Why? Because the first impression of the home was negative.

Whether you plan to sell your home now or in the future a good landscape design will give you a plan to work towards. Pick someone that has experience in design and knowledge of local plant selection and maintenance.

Whatever the design theme is it should be kept throughout the landscape. The color scheme of each area should also have continuity. Simplicity and restraint is like the virtue of humility applied to landscaping. It is using plants and methods that are proven to work and not the latest fad that is sure to come and go.

Landscapes are meant to involve the homeowner. It must have a purpose or a “function” that draws people into it. Whether it is aesthetics, an outdoor living area, or a winding path that leads to a secluded hideaway every layout must have a use to it.

Look at the plants in your neighborhood that have survived the cold, drought and pest infestations. You want to invest in plants that will thrive in the temperature, soil and water conditions in your yard. The fact that a plant is common in a nursery and widely planted does not necessarily  mean it is a good plant for use in your landscape. The correct selection of plants is critical to ensure they will survive and be a long term investment.

The long term viability of the landscape is important. It should be “sustainable” and not need excessive maintenance or pest control. It should be planned considering the long term. What will it look like mature? What will the maintenance costs be? Proper plant selection and placement is key to this principle.

As you drive home today slow down as you turn onto your street and really look at each house. How does your home compare to the surrounding properties? Is your yard well maintained and inviting? If you were a Buyer would you stop at the home or just drive on by? It may only be the placement of a few additional plants that could drastically change your home’s curb appeal. What is your first impression of your home?

Call Tropic Greenery today to help change that first impression of your home! Our goal is to beautify Brevard County, one property at a time!

Laurel Wilt Disease

Laurel Wilt Disease

In 2005, the redbay ambrosia beetle was discovered in Florida.  Since that time every Florida County has been affected by the devastation this small nonnative insect causes. The beetle infects Redbay trees(Persea borbonia), avocado(Persea americana) and other Laurel family trees with a fungus(Raffaelea lauriola).

In 2007, Redbay trees started dying along the highways and Parks in Brevard County. Brevard’s Coastal Conservation Forest at one time contained up to 35% coverage in Red Bays.  Once the tree is diagnosed with the infestation little can be done. Florida’s 30 million dollar avocado industry is now at risk. The impact of this devastation affects birds and wildlife even down to the swallow tail butterfly(Palamedes) which is entirely dependent on the trees for food.

Trial data suggested that macro injections on fungicides could protect mature healthy trees for twelve to fourteen months. Tropic Greenery advised all their customers with Red Bay trees of this infestation and suggested the macro infusion treatment to protect their investments. One customer with a native area full of Red Bay Trees took this threat seriously. Joe Alf tagged specimen Red Bay trees for treatment. All of the tress treated have survived while surrounding properties have lost significant numbers of Redbays.