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Public Landscaping   PO Box 5022  Brandon MS  39047    601-672-8218

Stephen Hamilton D/B/A  Public Landscaping
Stephen's Landscaping Tips For Fall and Winter!

Plan a multiyear project -- Public Landscaping  can help!
Take it slow so you can invest in real quality materials. Finishing your outdoor projects in stages will also help you get an end design that's more timeless than trendy.

Keep an eye on home values
Don't underestimate the power of flowers. A home's landscaping can affect how quickly your house will sell — and what buyers are willing to pay. According to a recent study by the American Nursery & Landscape Association, improved landscaping can increase property value by 7% to 14%. The study also found that landscaping can accelerate the sale of your home by five to six weeks.

Plant to save energy
It's possible to cut your energy bills with strategic planting, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Put evergreen trees on the north side of your home, and leafy ones on the south side. That way, you'll block winter winds and summer sun. Carefully positioned trees can cut as much as 25% off your summer cooling bill. The department of energy also recommends planting shrubs or trees to shade your air-conditioning units — a shaded unit will use 10% less energy.  With the right plants, you can cut back your water bill.  Drought-resistant plants can save you up to 50% on your outdoor water bill, notes Consumer Reports in its August 2005 study. Drought-resistant plants include perennials like daylily and butterfly weed, and herbs such as lavender, rosemary and aloe. There are also plenty of drought-resistant trees available that flourish in the deep south.

Buy big-ticket items in the fall and winter
Prices for trees and shrubs are highest in the spring and early summer. By September wholesaler prices will fall.  We can get some great deals and will pass the savings on to you!

Embrace mulch
Mulch holds moisture and suppresses weeds.  Using mulch will also add detail to your flower beds and give your yard a finished look — without costing much money.

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