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Updated: 06/18/2014 12:14:29AM

Landscaping checklist for seasonal residents

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Many manufactured homes have brick lined planter beds. When choosing plants look for low maintenance slow growing ornamentals. Select plants that have a mature size compatible with the location to avoid having to prune plants continuously.

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Many seasonal residents prefer not to have extensive landscaping. Consider using decorative ornaments and mulch to dress up your planter boxes. If you use artificial flowers, take them in for the summer, they’ll last much longer if not exposed to summer’s intense sun rays.

By Karen Smoke

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If you’re a seasonal resident and will be heading north soon, here are some things you should do that will help your landscaping stay healthy and look its best and minimize work for you when you return in the fall. Most of the tips are good for year-round residents too.

Consider the conditions your landscape will be going through. We have two months of dry weather ahead, and the temperature will be rising daily. The rainy season usually arrives by mid-June — but we can have extended dry spells even in summer. Our lawn grasses grow when temperature reaches 80 degrees. Grass will need cutting every ten days or so during the summer. It is also the season of weeds.

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