Form and Function: Landscaping for Privacy in Florida


Landscaping for privacy is one of the top reasons why a Florida landscape designer such as GreenFlex is called upon and we encourage the use of natural plantings to provide your own sanctuary. Landscaped privacy areas often look so much better than a fence, and often work better to distract from what you are hiding as opposed to drawing attention.

Trees and shrubs add a beautiful natural barrier to sights and sounds and provide the same benefits that landscaping always brings: increased home value, healthier environment, wildlife support, and serene surroundings.  Perhaps best of all, attractive landscaping to create privacy gives both you and your neighbor something pleasant to look at. 

Reasons why you may need landscaping for privacy at your Florida home or business:

A small home site - Although easier to maintain, small yards bring your neighbors that much closer.

Noise reduction - If you live near a busy public area or road, this may be important to you.

An unattractive fence that borders your property - Double your privacy with a better looking screen of plantings.

Provide clear separation between yards - Property lines are not always obvious and landscaping can clarify borders.

Landscaping for privacy may be done any number of ways or combination of ways.  A variety of trees and shrubs are evergreen and therefore will provide the same amount of coverage all year long.  Size and speed of growth are especially relevant for privacy plantings as well as whether plants will be in tiered rows, raised beds, boxes, containers, grown on a trellis or lattice, or simply planted in the ground.

Once your landscaping for privacy is planted, regular landscape maintenance is of the utmost importance to keep it doing its intended job.  Proper irrigation and fertilization is typically mandatory, and we also utilize the concepts of Florida friendly, waterwise, xeriscaped, and native landscape designs.  Contact GreenFlex Landscaping of North Florida to create landscaping for privacy in Flagler, Volusia, and St. Johns Counties.   




More Studies Show the Benefits of Trees and Landscaping


A healthy, lush landscape design does more than just add curb appeal and value to your home.

A study of women by American health scientists in 2016 proved that those who have the most vegetation around their homes have on average a 12 percent lower death rate than those that have little vegetation. The most striking differences were seen with 41 percent lower death rate from kidney disease, a 34 percent lower death rate from respiratory disease, and a 13 percent lower death rate from cancer.  

In 2018 researchers found that 21 percent of current greenhouse gas emissions could be eliminated by adjusting some specific natural management practices. Of these, the researchers determined planting more trees to be the most effective way to suck up carbon from the atmosphere. Reforestation could be equivalent to eliminating emissions from 66 million automobiles, according to the study.

Planting specific plants in your landscape design will attract and benefit many species of bird, butterfly, and bee.  This creates a healthier natural ecosystem and contributes to keeping certain creatures such as monarch butterflies from becoming extinct.  Native plants also thrive well in our local conditions and also have the added benefit of being waterwise, not to mention they are beautiful!

Visual access and being surrounded by a green space is especially beneficial for the minds of both adults and children.  Surrounding vegetation has been proven to improve job and school performance because of its calming and focusing effects, and it helps alleviate mental stress and illness.  Green spaces have been shown to have a calming affect on those with ADHD, Alzheimers, and Depression.  

Contact GreenFlex Landscaping for professional landscape design, installation, and care for both residential and commercial properties in St. Johns, Flagler, and Volusia Counties, Florida.


How We Maintain Your Irrigation Matters



We can absolutely improve almost any existing irrigation system. Our sprinkler services are geared towards all of your irrigation needs including but not limited to: complete overhaul of outdated irrigation, brand new system installation, or needed repairs.

We are committed to providing our customers with the opportunity to conserve water while still maintaining the highest quality of landscape plants and grass.  For instance, drip irrigation provides up to 60 percent reduction in water use.

Environmentally friendly, drought tolerant water conservation is achieved through drip irrigation systems as well as low volume irrigation systems.  GreenFlex Landscaping will provide a planned irrigation maintenance program with scheduled irrigation system checks:
  • Inspection of your irrigation will happen on a regular basis and will include sprinkler heads, timer mechanism, and each individual zone.  
  • A visual inspection of the system will be performed, which will indicate any hot spots or line breaks.
  • There is no additional charge for minor nozzle adjustments, cleaning, and timer adjustments according to season and weather.
  • Typically any equipment problems that require replacement will be quoted to the client before work is done, unless in the rare case the malfunction is causing damage to the property or there is a potential for injury.

The Four Seasons of Landscaping



"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven" -Ecclesiastes 3:1

Spring - In this season we begin to see the rebirth of certain plants, flowers, and trees in the St. Augustine, Palm Coast, and Ormond Beach areas. We may have a few minor frosts but nothing that discourages the citrus blossoms, amaryllis (pictured), azaleas, lilies, and crape myrtles that emerge during our Florida spring. Faded plants are often switched out for fresh varieties and color comes back to our yards with aplomb.  

Summer - As the heat descends upon northeast Florida, the importance of proper watering becomes paramount. Improperly timed and zoned sprinkler systems can be devastating for your grass and landscaping. Having a licensed and insured professional such as GreenFlex Landscaping check, set, and service your irrigation will protect you from burned out lawns and possibly save you money on your water bill.

Fall - Because our weather remains very warm during the "second spring" of Florida and hurricane tinged storms can bring an abundance of rain, our lawns are simply glowing with green life and growing so quickly you can almost see the blades expanding upward. Many of us are relieved to have hired a professional lawn maintenance company to keep our lawns under control throughout the summer heat and into the exuberant fall - the rest of us are wishing we did!

Winter - In Florida this is when we enjoy spending cozy family and social times on our patio, as we sit in front of a warm, softly burning fire pit. With days often mild and glorious in the midday sun, hardscaped areas within the landscape become very inviting. During the Florida winter you may find yourself ready to plan a winding garden path, a trickling waterfall, or an al fresco dining area within the beauty and sanctuary of trees.


Don't Let Summer Heat Fry Your Lawn



Watering needs change with the seasons, and so does the climate for Daytona, Ormond, St. Augustine, and Palm Coast landscaping.  Have us monitor and adjust your irrigation settings, and be assured we keep up on the latest updates to local water restrictions.

The complexities of Florida lawn irrigation needs are always best addressed by a licensed irrigation professional. GreenFlex Landscaping emphasizes to its customers the importance of making sure that your irrigation system is properly set for the current season and checking periodically to make sure that the system has not been re-set or shut off due to power surges/outages/etc.

Lawns can be literally fried by the summer sun this time of year if the irrigation system is not properly set. If you do not know if or are concerned your sprinklers may not be functioning in the way they should be, contact GreenFlex Landscaping for an licensed irrigation inspection so that you do not have to be totally responsible for monitoring your system.

Keep in mind that efficient watering requires a quality sprinkler system design, excellent water management skills, and cyclical system maintenance. This maintenance, which may include seasonal adjustment, will improve water coverage resulting in both better landscape growth and utility bill savings. We would be happy to suggest modifications that will decrease the use of water for your irrigation as well.

You can refer to the Irrigation page of the GreenFlex Landscaping web site for more information. Have a happy and beautiful Florida summer!

Water is Life and Irrigation is Key



Water is life: regular watering from rainfall or irrigation systems is necessary for most of the beautiful plants in your landscape design.  Unfortunately, many Florida homeowners have unknowingly spent as much as half of their utility bill on watering lawns and landscaping, when watering wisely can be so much easier than you may realize. We are professional irrigation specialists - licensed by the State of Florida FC12361: we can set up, repair, and calibrate your watering system.  

All plants need to be watered during the first weeks after planting or transplanting, and during development.  Then they fall into different categories according to water needs, from the very thirsty to the drought tolerant.  In irrigation terms, efficiency refers to how much of the water applied to the plants is finally used by them and uniformity refers to how evenly the water is applied to the plants.  This is the science we employ to keep your landscaping looking its best.

A knowledgeable landscape designer will divide your plantings and irrigation segments into watering zones (hydro-zones): oasis, transitional, and xeric. The oasis zone is for the thirstiest plants and will be placed closest to a water source. The xeric zone is for plants that need no supplemental water after being established. The transitional zone will contain plants that need occasional watering, or regular watering during a drought.

It is concepts such as the three watering zones that explain why an expertly designed, installed, and maintained lawn and landscape design will look better and thrive unequivocally through the dramatic seasons of Florida.  Your comprehensive site plan will include placement of water sources among the plantings, and you will be able to recognize the oasis, transitional, and xeric zones if you look closely.   Perhaps it is your preference to feature one of the three hydro-zones predominantly in your landscaping and we can do just that.  

A licensed landscaper, who is foremost an irrigation professional, knows the science behind a lush and waterwise landscape.  We make it our business to understand unique concepts such as field capacity, which refers to the maximum amount of water a soil may hold before draining to become runoff.  An irrigation controller is an automatic timing device that operates irrigation zones for a predetermined time and frequency.  Scheduling of irrigation is based on factors such as soil type, root zone depth, and weather conditions - it should be regularly calibrated and checked for proper functionality.

North Florida wavers between extreme drought conditions and record rainfalls.  Contact GreenFlex Landscaping for a free estimate when you need assistance with your irrigation.  We are a full service landscape design, installation, and lawn care company for residential and commercial customers in St. Johns, Volusia, and Flagler Counties.

How to Make a Home for Sale Stand Out

This custom built home in Palm Coast recently went on the market for sale and it is a perfect example of landscape design, outdoor lighting, and paver hardscaping services by GreenFlex Landscaping.  Homes with paver driveways are known to sell quicker than those with driveways made of concrete, which can easily crack.  Large palm trees accentuate the architecture of this luxury house.  


This home literally glows in the evening hours!  Outdoor lighting adds elegance to a home's exterior as well as curb appeal when it is for sale (many prospective buyers drive by a house at night).  A home that lights up is more secure and more welcoming and the choice of low wattage lights is cost effective when it comes to your electric bill.


This home, located on a lake in Palm Coast Plantation, was built for outdoor entertaining day or night.  The fire pit and paver patio are so inviting and take advantage of the relaxing view.  Lighted pathways through the landscape design create movement for the eye to follow, as well as making the backyard much more enjoyable for those who prefer to walk on strong, flat footing. 


In a competitive real estate market, professionally maintained landscaping makes a home stand out from the rest.  A visitor's first impression of this house on Heron Drive in Palm Coast, Florida is that has been properly cared for, inside and out.  Contact GreenFlex to light up your landscape, install pavers, or create a landscape design that adds value for many years to come