St. Augustine Couple Receives Honors For Best Florida Friendly Landscape

Front yard of the Anastasia Dunes home with FFL

The St Augustine Record recently featured an article about the honors awarded a couple for their Florida Friendly Landscape.  It is so nice to see an article like this in the paper about HOAs embracing Florida Friendly Landscape principles.  Perhaps other communities might follow suit instead of filing lawsuits!

From Fred Whitley:

‘The Anastasia Dunes landscape of Dixie Miller and Randy Cain has been singled out for honors by the St. Augustine Beach Tree Board and Beautification Advisory Committee.

The Ocean Forest Drive couple, who have resided in their home for three years, received the award for Best Florida-Friendly landscape. They moved here from Tampa, residing in Crescent Beach for a year while their dream home was under construction.

Dixie’s nephew, Beau Nelson, of Gainesville, designed and put in an eye-catching landscape that is salt tolerant and deer resistant. “We’ve had very few problems,” Randy says.

The landscape is heavily mulched which cuts down on the need for watering. Lesco, a slow-release fertilizer, is used as is bloom booster.

Randy obviously spends a lot of time working in his landscape. ”Well if you asked my neighbors, they would probably say (I spend) all day, every day, but in reality it’s more like all day every other day.”

On thing has been both a help and a problem, Randy says. A weed-resistant fabric was placed under the landscape to keep weeds at bay. However, everytime Randy wants to introduce something new into the landscape, he finds that it is necessary to first cut a hole in the fabric before planting.

Dixie finds the Jerusalem Thorn is a landscape favorite because her mother had it growing in her yard, while Randy enjoys the tropical heliconias.

Randy says they have no more landscape plans at present, however ‘nature will dictate.’ “

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