Living in a Seaside Town? Plant These Babies in Your Landscaping
If you live near the beach, you are well aware that how your beach house looks can draw in more money for when you are renting it out to other people and families or just make people look at your house with a smiling face when driving by. It increases your property value and makes you feel proud. In the process of designing the exterior of your home, consider how you can spruce up the outside look with beautiful landscaping. Here’s how you can go about choosing beautiful shrubbery for your lovely beach home.
When choosing plants to adorn your beach-town home, consider the habitat it will live in. There is sandy soil–making irrigation problematic–direct sunlight most of the day, and salty air from the ocean. There are very specific types of plants that can handle these conditions and innumerable others that cannot. So, it is important to consider these conditions when choosing your plants.
Plants can be divided into having a slight, moderate, or high tolerance of salty air. Keeping this in mind, you will be able to choose exactly which plants to use at your beach home and which to not. According to Charlotte Glen, Matthew Martin, and David Nash of North Carolina State University, “Properties within at least one-eighth of a mile of the oceanfront should be landscaped with plants known to have some level of salt tolerance. Properties along or near brackish water estuaries should also be landscaped with plants possessing some degree of salt tolerance, though not necessarily as high as those on the oceanfront.” For great listings of high, moderate, and slight tolerant “trees, shrubs, vines, palms, ornamental grasses, perennials, turf grasses, annuals, and groundcovers,” visit the aforementioned resource from NC State University.
Once you have chosen which plant life you want to incorporate into your landscaping, it is time to think about soil. As the soil is xeric, or dry and unable to retain water well, mixing in decayed, organic material, or “compost,” will make your soil much more able to provide for the foliage you plant. Once you have done that, heap mulch on top–about two to four inches thick. Once the plants are in the ground, make sure to water them, so as to remove the layered-on salt from the air and to give them life.
Now that you have all the tools to plant luscious landscaping at your beach-town home, go ahead and plant your gardens and share them with me on Twitter @SelenaWilson222!