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Landscaping Ideas For Florida 3

landscaping ideas for florida 3
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Region 1: North Florida North Florida is considered the part of the state that's north of Marion County, says Tom Wichman, statewide coordinator for the Florida Master Gardener program. There, the soil has lots of variation -- clay in the panhandle, sandy elsewhere -- making it paramount that homeowners learn what they will be working with before diving into Florida landscaping. While elevation isn't an issue, temperature extremes are. "North Florida almost always gets a freeze -- at least one hard freeze if not several," Wichman says. Even so, North Florida still gets hot and humid; the farther inland you go and more removed from ocean breezes, the hotter it gets -- at least by a degree or two. North Florida landscaping is also distinguished by fewer tropical and subtropical plants, says Erin Alvarez, a landscape instructor and Florida-Friendly Landscaping program faculty advisor for the Environmental Horticulture department at the Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology. "It really looks more like Georgia and Alabama, with tall hardwoods," Alvarez says. In addition, the more you progress from the coast inland, the more the landscape turns from flatwoods to uplands with hills, along with clay soil.

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