Retiree transforms front lawn into the talk of the neighborhood

Retiree transforms front lawn into the talk of the neighborhood

Angie’s List member Jack B. had one of the oldest landscaping problems in the book. No matter what he tried, he couldn’t get the front lawn of his Fort Pierce, Fla., home to yield anything but weeds. 

Since retiring in May, doing some yard work was at the top of a long list of projects Jack had been putting off.  “My front yard looked pretty bad,” Jack says. “Florida has such sandy soil, and the weather can create havoc. [When] I was [still] working, I was gone 12 hours a day, so gardening just wasn’t a priority for me.” 

Jack tried to solve his problem by researching solutions online. But he didn’t get very far: Everywhere he looked, he seemed to discover conflicting advice. Finally, he decided to hire a professional. On Angie’s List, he found a landscaping firm that seemed capable of doing the job. 

With his service provider, he and his wife talked about what their dream yard might look like. Jack wanted something that had some color, and his wife wanted lush, tropical greenery. Whatever they settled on also needed to be resilient, as the retirement community they live in enforces strict water rules. 

The landscaper created a digital image of a yard that would include a delightful blend of their favorite ideas. The couple was mesmerized. 

The next day, the landscaper began planting two new trees, moving a tree and removing yet another. Sweet Viburnum, European Fan Palm, Gold Capella, Sky Pencil Holly, Auntie Lou and Queen Palms were among the plants she used. 

The result? “I got everything I asked for, including the right plant for the right conditions, proper spacing for my easy access and aluminum edging to deter wayward lawn mowers,” Jack says.  

Better yet, according to Jack, the upkeep is minimal. He waters the new yard every day for a month, and then twice a week after that. He can fertilize and trim every three months.  

And the whole block has stopped by to take in his lush new yard.

“The new trees are bigger than the trees that have been growing here for 10 years,” Jack says. “They installed a bunch of beautiful new healthy plants. My yard looked awful and now it's gorgeous. I love it, my wife loves it, and the neighbors love it. Now all I have to do is keep it alive. I'm not real good with plants, and my wife can kill a plastic flower, so we shall see. The backyard is next!” 

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