Landscaping is a great way to enhance your Florida manufactured home – both in curb appeal and overall value. With some simple planning, you can design a low-maintenance yard that you and your family will enjoy for the years to come.
How To Plan for Manufactured Home Landscaping
From the layout to the plants you choose, there are plenty of ways you can customize your manufactured home’s landscape. The most important part of any home update is proper planning.
Research Your Climate
You want to choose plants that work well with your home’s site conditions and environment. Things like sun and wind exposure, irrigation and proximity to bodies of salt water can impact the health and longevity of your plants.
Visit your local garden shop and take note of the surrounding mobile home community to get an idea of plants that are growing successfully in the area. Look online to get inspired and learn about what plants thrive in Florida’s subtropical climate.
Choose Native Plants
Always invest in landscaping that is recommended for your climate zone. This will make a world of a difference in terms of maintenance and curb appeal – not to mention cost. Once you’ve done your research, choose plants that will naturally flourish.
There are a wide variety of plants ideal for Florida landscapes. Plant low growing foundational plants and flowers that do not obscure any windows at the front of your manufactured home. A low grass like mondo and small shrubs like varieties of ixora, firebush or Dwarf Walter viburnum can be easily maintained.
A garden with simple flower beds of vincas, purslane or small daisies bordered by texture plants like coleus, Persian shield or variegated flax lily are ideal. For annuals, large groupings of salvia, begonias, impatiens, dianthus and alyssum provide beautiful color and texture. If your front door faces north, consider a combination of plants are shade tolerant like sanchezia, crossandra, coleus and bloodleaf.
Sketch Your Design
Now that you know what plants you’re going with, create a simple sketch of the footprint of your manufactured home and yard – indicate where the driveway, utility boxes, sidewalks, fences and any other notable features are located.
Then, draw any patterns, designs or barriers you’d like to create with your landscaping. Ensure that you arrange your plants according to their light requirements – some plants are more tolerant of direct, bright light while others prefer shady areas.
Here are some things to include in your design:
Front Door and Porch
Establish the direction your front door faces in regard to sun exposure. Since the front door is a focal point of your home, the surrounding area should be low maintenance with good drainage. The plant beds should curve away from the arc of the building and flow into the angles of the dwelling and walkways. Always leave a gap between the house and plants. Leave enough space for each plant to reach their mature size.
Incorporate your manufactured home’s front porch into your landscaping plan for a cohesive design. You can add potted plants, decorations, a welcome mat, lighting and more – all of which can help your front façade flow harmoniously.
Borders and Walkways
Outside of planting beds, fill in your manufactured home’s yard with hardy grass like Bahia, St. Augustine or Zosia. Use repeating plant patterns and rows of low-growing plants as borders to the other areas of your landscape, like flower beds or walkways.
The walkway can guide the design of plant groupings. Vary the heights and textures of plant groupings to create visual interest. Unify the design with expanses of the same or similar plants. Utilize a strip of turf or raised edging to keep mulch off of walkways during rain showers.
Low Lying Areas
If your yard has an area that’s consistently wet, design a rain garden incorporating varying sizes of rocks and boulders as a lining, along with moisture-loving plants.
Incorporate small trees leading up to your entrance to enhance the view and draw the eye to the next flower bed. Crape Myrtles, Bottlebrush and small palms are ideal as a single-standing plant.
For shade, position trees on the south, east and west sides of your manufactured home to boost shade and help keep the energy costs down
For privacy, create a natural screen along your fence with upright evergreens or trees with a spreading canopy. Larger trees can be positioned in groupings near the corners or sides to frame the property.
Other Florida Manufactured Home Landscaping Tips
Other considerations you want to take into account when designing your manufactured home’s landscape include:
- Watering: Underground irrigation systems should be installed before plants. Per Florida law, you must maintain an active rain sensor to prevent automatic watering during rainy conditions. Morning is the optimal time to water your plants. Do not water your landscape if rainy conditions are expected within a 24-hour period.
- Mulch: Mulching is essential to maintain soil moisture and discourage weeds. Mulch can be purchased and/or created by recycling fallen leaves for self-mulching bed areas.
- Wildlife: Bees, bats and birds are beneficial to the environment – they eat insects and pollinate plants. Invite these creatures by planting flowers, trees and berry bushes.
- Pruning: Experts advise never removing more than 30% of a plant’s foliage at one time. Plant pruning is intended to remove deadwood, thin excessive growth or reduce height or spread. Read up on your plant for the optimal conditions and technique for any suggested pruning.
With a manufactured home, you can customize more than the landscape. At Jacobsen Homes, we will work with you to create the home of your dreams while staying on budget. Contact us today to build your Florida manufactured home.