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Sustainable Landscaping for your Home

by CBM Sells Team 08/04/2019

Sustainable landscaping, while often called “green” on labels and in the media, usually comes in a variety of other colors. The idea behind dry-scaping or xeriscaping is to use less water, conserve and protect local wildlife, promote the local environment and use less energy. That doesn't mean you're stuck with the desert look though. Most environments support a wide variety of plants, so just think about what grows naturally in your area. Before you get started on updating your home from a high-water consumption—though beautiful—green lawn to modern eco-friendly desert-scaping, dry-scaping or xeriscaping in a variety of reds, blacks, blues, and browns (and some green too) it's essential to plan. 

Who is going to Use it?

Think about who uses your existing lawn or patio. Do the kids play on it? What about BBQs with outdoor games? It’s important to ensure that your new dry-scaping features serve similar purposes, or you could end up with useless outdoor space, which is not good at all. Stay away from harsh gravel for kids play areas, and try something like recycled tire rubber, mulch, or sand for softer landings and fewer skinned knees. Use paving stones to create paths and borders around local flora you don’t want visitors to walk through and combine it with various gravels for a stylish look.

Where Should Each Part Go?

When setting up your new yard, think about what elements you currently have, and how shade, sun, natural water, and wind fit into your yard. Pay attention to how the ground slopes, using the lowest points for plants since water pools there. Keep any existing trees and other local flora and include additional shade tolerant plants around them. Anywhere wind is likely to blow away your ground covering, go with heavier ground cover such as rocks, paving stones, or plants that are anchored in by the roots.

What Should You Use? 

In addition to natural ground coverings such as rock, mulch, and paving stones, try alternative recycled materials to add some color to your landscape. Recycled tires make soft, brightly colored additions for play areas; recycled concrete and brick can be used in retaining walls and rock gardens; even glass gets recycled and tumbled into colorful "mulch" which is excellent for adding designs to pathways or as borders to raised rock gardens and flower beds. Ask at your local gardening shop, find an eco-certified landscaping company or just search the internet to find out what plants are best to use in your area for water and soil conservation. Double check their water usage requirements, and if they need a boost in the driest seasons, try installing a drip-irrigation system that adds water in a slow and controlled manner which helps reduce waste caused by overwatering. 

How to take care of it?

There is no lawn to mow all the time, so it should be easy, right? Yes and no. Keep an eye on your new xeriscape to ensure it doesn't become a bed full of weeds that quickly get out of control. Before using any old weed killer, check to make sure the herbicide works within the environment and may safely be used around children and animals. As a preventative measure, try covering the ground underneath any gravel, mulch, or stones with water-permeable landscaping fabric. The larger rocks or ground coverings will hold it down, but for lighter materials use garden staples for extra security. Never, ever use plastic underneath your gravel or mulch. It will collect water, slide around and eventually end up in a landfill, which is what you've tried to avoid in the first place. 

Whether you want to know if your current property value will increase with xeriscaping or want your agent to choose homes with “green" landscaping just ask! Your real estate agent will happily assist you.

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CBM is the elite team for Charles Rutenberg Realty. The team is comprised of Candra Granville Mack, Blanche Davenport, and Melodie "Mel" Cooper. Our team has worked with many Tampa Bay buyers and sellers, including high profile celebrities. From the onset we have consistently been the top sales and listing agents. Many multiple millions in team sales during our years in the business brings you the experience and leadership you can depend on to get your real estate dreams fulfilled. We each sincerely mean what our motto says, "Caring Business Magic". This is our goal and a truth we each live by for all of our clients. Let us prove to you that we do mean what we say. Call today to become part of our CBM family. Meet the Team: Candra Granville Mack Even though I have seen so many changes in Hillsborough County as a Brandon native, I am still amazed by the growth past and present. There are so many changes, particularly in the real estate market. In 1998, when I got my real estate license, very few folks had email addresses or for that matter, even computers. There are many stories to tell you, but the main one is all about you. Today with all of the technology and ads that are everywhere the market is so fast paced and confusing it is often difficult to make a wise decision. With me at your side the process will be smoother and easier in all aspects. My extensive knowledge of real estate with finely honed communication and negotiating skills gives you the edge needed to get the best property at the best price possible and or sell your home with your highest net profit. It has been my pleasure to help literally hundreds of fabulous buyers and sellers. Helping you with your real state dreams and needs is my goal and what I do best. Blanche Davenport In a world where customer service is becoming technology driven, void of the human element, I not only offer today’s technology, but real customer service, something that will never be going out of style or be replaced by technology. By putting heart into the process of real estate, a career where I can effectively help hundreds of people, including entire generations of families, you will experience the value of nearly 45 years of customer service with a focus on you. I am about you, your needs, dreams and aspirations. As an agent since 1995, I am a well-trained communicator, making my negotiating skills finely tuned to get you the best outcome whether you are a buyer or seller. There are only a few letters behind my name, which are the ones that really count. Those letters spell Realtor®, a word I am proud to have earned and strive to live up to every day. Melodie, "Mel", Cooper Throughout life helping others has been and continues to be my focus. Knowing that real estate buying or selling can be a complex undertaking I want to make it as easy as possible for my clients. Having me as your Realtor will help save you time, money and you will even enjoy the process! Assessing and applying your needs to help you reach your dream home is a specialty of mine. As your Realtor®, I will make sure that you get the most out of your next real estate transaction! With my 40 years in Tampa and an agent for 15 years my wide range of real estate knowledge in short sales, foreclosures, new homes, resale homes, investment properties we will be able to seek out your next home from many sources. With me on your team, we will work closely together to create the fulfillment of your dream and your future plans. For a buyer, I am ready, willing and able to be there with you until you have that special home. For sellers, I market their properties to achieve the most money as easily and as quickly as possible. CANDRA GRANVILLE MACK Serving zip codes 33578, 33579, 33592, 33594, 33579, 33602, 33603, 33606, 33607, 33609, 33624, 33625, 33626, 33629, 33543, 33544, 33545, 33547, 33548, 33549, 33556, 33558. 33559, 33572, 33542, 33510, 33511, 33527, 33663, 33566, 33567, 33565. 33569, 33584, 33540, 33541, 33542, 33569, 33568, 33570 BLANCHE DAVENPORT Serving zip codes 33609, 33611, 33612, 33613, 33614, 33615, 33617, 33618, 33624, 33625, 33626, 33629, 33637, 33647, 33543, 33544, 33545, 34638, 34639, 34655 MEL COOPER Serving zip codes 33578, 33594, 33579, 33592, 33602, 33603, 33606, 33607, 33609, 33611, 33612, 33613, 33614, 33617, 33618, 33624, 33625, 33626, 33629, 33637, 33647, 33543, 33544, 33545, 34638, 34639, 34655, 33547, 33548, 33549, 33556, 33558, 33559, 33511, 33542, 33510, 33616