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Best Fruit Trees for your South Florida Yard

An increasing number of Florida residents are choosing to plant orchards in their back yard – or at least one or two trees of their favorite fruits. The trees provide the means to eat healthier, save money, and offer a new and exciting gardening experience. The range of fruit trees that will grow and prosper in South Florida is extensive. Gardeners are only limited by their personal tastes and preferences.

Citrus trees immediately come to mind when thinking of Florida. Oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit and tangerines grow in abundance. The traditional fruits are readily available and while they can be grown in a backyard garden, adventurous gardeners often want to try their hand at growing other types of fruit.

For avocados, buy plants already started of a particular cultivar. Many people plant seeds from an avocado they buy at the store. They’re easy to grow, but won’t typically produce the same variety of avocado as the seed that was planted and take several years to begin bearing fruit.

Jackfruit grows well in South Florida and has done so for over 100 years.

Lychee lovers will be glad to know that the fruit readily grows in South Florida. The trees don’t like wet “feet” and should be planted in well-drained areas.

The sweet, succulent flesh of mangoes can be enjoyed fresh from a backyard garden. There are dozens of varieties from which to choose. They can be planted from seed, but there are two types of seeds – one will result in an exact clone of the mother plant while the other type of seed may produce an entirely different variety.

Papayas are technically large plants, though they look much like trees. Easy to grow from seed, fruits can often be harvested in 6-12 months.

Tamarind trees grow well in South Florida, but they also release nitrogen and carbon dioxide at night that can cause problems for anyone with breathing difficulties.

A wide range of fruit-bearing trees can be grown in South Florida due to its unique climate. Others include bananas, figs and guava, along with loquats, mulberries and persimmons. It pays to do some research before planning any type of backyard orchard. Each type of fruit tree has its own moisture requirements and while there are dwarf varieties of some fruits, many trees take up a significant amount of space.

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Adding Shade to Your Property

Shade provides more than pleasant place to while away a summer afternoon. It’s eco-friendly, adds value to your property, and will save you money. Landscaping your property to provide shade can take a variety of forms. The easiest and least inexpensive way is to plant trees.

Popular trees for providing shade in Florida include the black olive, live oak, mahogany, ficus, and the gumbo limbo, though others grow equally well. They feature multiple growing habits and textures that add interest throughout the year.

Trees provide ample shade, help purify the air, and act as a windbreak. It’s essential that you match the growth habits of the trees to the size of your yard. Trees cool the land, the air, and reduce the cost of cooling homes and businesses.

If you prefer a structure rather than a living source of shade, you have a myriad of choices ranging from tiki huts and pergolas to pavilions and gazebos. They can be customized in multiple ways and erected in a variety of locations to obtain optimal shade value for homes and around swimming pools. They also provide unique opportunities for entertaining.

Arbors are another option for shade where vines provide the shade as they twine around the structure. Sleek shade sails and retractable awnings can be attached to homes and decks to provide shade during specific times of the day. They have the advantage of providing instant shade whenever and wherever it’s required.

Outdoor living spaces offer exciting opportunities for spending time with friends and family, but no one wants to swelter in the sun. From trees and tiki huts to awnings, there are multiple types of landscaping options that provide shade, increase the value of your property, and can help reduce the cost of your cooling costs. However, trees still remain the most economical and eco-friendly option.

RCH Landscaping is a full service landscape company based in Boca Raton, Florida. We design, install, and maintain Commercial and Residential landscapes all around Boca Raton, Delray Beach and The Palm Beach areas. Our team of highly skilled landscape technicians have an undisputed track record of creating and maintaining beautiful commercial and residential landscapes all over South Florida.

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