Gardening and Landscaping FAQs for Your Manufactured Home

Posted: December 22, 2020 by Jacobsen Homes

When you buy a manufactured home, there are numerous ways to make it your own. One way is with gorgeous landscaping or gardens. Whether you’re looking for an outlet to satisfy your green thumb or a low-maintenance landscaping design, gardening and landscaping are some of the best ways to upgrade the exterior of your manufactured home. 

Living in a manufactured home affords just as much opportunity to grow and nurture plants as living in a site-built home. Read on to learn our top landscaping tips.

How Will Landscaping Improve My Manufactured Home?

Whether you decide to take on maintaining your home’s landscaping yourself, or hire a professional to do it, one thing is certain: customizing the exterior of your house will make it feel like home.

Including lush landscaping around your manufactured home can:

  • Boost your home’s curb appeal
  • Enhance your quality of life
  • Improve the air quality
  • Help natural wildlife flourish
  • Potentially increase your manufactured home’s value

If arranged strategically, your landscaping can even lower your home energy costs, which is especially helpful in Florida’s hot, unpredictable weather.

Will I Have Enough Space to Garden with a Manufactured Home? 

When you purchase a manufactured home, you have some flexibility on where you’d like to live. There are many communities throughout Florida where you can choose to buy your home. You can also purchase your own private property instead of living in a community.

Your manufactured home will usually be located on a lot that allows you to implement some landscaping décor — from adding minimal potted plants to implementing a full-on landscaping design. If you don’t have a lot of land, or simply don’t want to dedicate the resources to designing and maintaining your landscaping, potted plants or a container garden on your manufactured home’s porch or yard is a great alternative. 

What Plants Work Best in Florida Home Landscaping?

The types of plants you decide to include in your landscaping design will depend on your style, preferences, and how much time you want to dedicate to caring for them. There is a wide variety of options to fit exactly what you’re looking for. 

Incorporate Flowers Into Your Landscaping

If you’d like to include flowers in your landscaping, we recommend purchasing an annual or perennial that’s native to Florida. Annual plants bloom in one season and then die afterwards, so they need to be replanted yearly. Perennial plants bloom every year in the same season and only need to be planted once. 

Flowers are a beautiful addition to your home that may require more maintenance — however, if you enjoy colorful landscaping, they’re a worthwhile investment.

Grow a Fruit or Vegetable Garden 

Fruits and vegetables are a great option if you enjoy spending time outside and reaping the reward of tending a garden. What’s more, Florida’s hot and humid climate is perfect for growing a wide range of fruits and vegetables year-round.

Maintaining a fruit and vegetable garden requires a lot of time and attention. If you’re looking for a more affordable, simple option, landscaping with ornamental plants is a great alternative. 

Enhance your Home with Greenery 

Not all landscaping designs have to include colorful, bright flowers and plants. Greenery tends to be lower maintenance and includes anything from shrubs to trees to ornamental grass. Greenery is generally less expensive and requires less upkeep compared to flowers, fruits, and vegetables. 

Since they’re already used to Florida’s climate, native plants will grow without requiring much maintenance. Their ability to thrive in Florida’s hot, humid weather makes them a budget-friendly, low-maintenance option as you won’t have to work as hard to maintain them or need to replace them frequently. Incorporating native plants into your landscaping design is also a great way to reduce water costs.

Make Your Home a Jacobsen Home

At Jacobsen Homes, we’ve been proudly helping families throughout Florida since 1959 create the manufactured and modular homes of their dreams. Contact us today to get started.