This 12,000 ft² residential lot which faces a golf course was transformed from a typical builder-installed turf grass lawn into a diverse native plant landscape. All changes were made with full approval of the architectural review committee in this deed restricted community. Only two “islands” (600 ft² total) of grass remain in functional areas. Now over 100 species of Florida native trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and clump grasses have brought life back to this lot. There is always something blooming and birds, butterflies and native bees have returned. Neighbors and passers by comment on the beauty of the landscape, and are surprised when they learn these are Florida plants. Water consumption for irrigation has dropped from an average of 20,000 gallons/month to less than 5,000 gallons / month. No pesticides, herbicides or fungicides are needed.
Published in May of 2015.