For The Hottest, Driest, Sunniest Spot In Your Yard…
Try This Landscape Solution!

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Living in our area offers a unique experience with its blend of urban amenities and natural beauty. One aspect of this experience is landscaping, especially in areas that receive intense sunlight and limited rainfall. If you’re looking to beautify the hottest, driest, sunniest spot in your yard, consider planting perennial peanut, coontie palms, and crepe myrtles. These resilient plants, when paired
with pine bark nuggets to retain moisture, can thrive and enhance the aesthetics of your outdoor space.

Perennial Peanut (Arachis glabrata)

Perennial peanut is a groundcover plant that not only adds greenery but also produces small, yellow flowers, adding a pop of color to your landscape. This plant is drought-tolerant once established and requires minimal maintenance, making it ideal for busy homeowners. Its ability to fix nitrogen in the soil also improves soil health over time. Planting perennial peanut in sunny areas with
well-drained soil can help prevent erosion and suppress weeds.

Coontie Palms (Zamia integrifolia)

Coontie palms, also known as Florida arrowroot, are native to Florida and thrive in hot, dry conditions. These palms are low-growing, making them suitable for landscaping in both small and large yards. Coontie palms are hardy and can tolerate poor soil, making them an excellent choice for areas with minimal soil quality. Their lush, green foliage provides a tropical look to your landscape, enhancing
its overall appeal.

Crepe Myrtles (Lagerstroemia indica)

Crepe myrtles are renowned for their vibrant flowers and attractive bark, making them a popular choice for landscaping in the Tallahassee area. These trees thrive in full sun and well-drained soil, making them ideal for hot, dry spots in your yard. Crepe myrtles come in a variety of colors, including shades of pink, purple, and white, allowing you to choose the perfect complement to your landscape design. These trees are also relatively low-maintenance, requiring only occasional pruning and fertilization.

Pine Bark Nuggets

Using pine bark nuggets as mulch around your plants can help retain moisture in the soil, especially in hot, dry conditions. Pine bark nuggets also break down slowly, enriching the soil with organic matter over time. Additionally, they help suppress weed growth, reduce soil erosion, and insulate plant roots from extreme temperatures. When using pine bark nuggets, apply a layer of 2-3 inches thick around your plants, avoiding direct contact with the plant stems.  Landscaping in our area’s hot, dry, sunny spots can be both challenging and rewarding. By choosing resilient plants like perennial peanut, coontie palms, and crepe myrtles, paired with pine bark nuggets for moisture retention, you can create a beautiful and sustainable landscape that thrives in the Southern sun.

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