Soil, Sand, And Surf

 Posted by at 1:07 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 022020

Yesterday was an absolutely beautiful day here on the central coast of Florida. Temperatures around 79° with low humidity and a nice 10 mile-per-hour breeze blowing. So much better than the mid-90s and high humidity we have had for months on end.

During the early afternoon, the folks from the Edgewater Yard Shop delivered two yards of topsoil to be spread over the area where we just built our retaining wall and put in fill dirt. It was just the right amount, and now that it’s been spread out, that area is ready for us to plant a groundcover.

It was just too nice a day to stay home, so with the topsoil out of the way, we drove over to the beach and parked on the sand and just enjoyed the sound of the surf and the feel of the salt air on our skin. It just doesn’t get much better than that.

It being midweek, there were not very many people there, and a couple of hours after we arrived, there were even fewer. Terry and I both agreed that now that things are starting to cool down, we need to do that on a regular basis. Why live so close to the beach if we don’t go more often?

Today we will go to a nursery here in town to decide on what type of groundcover plants we’re going to use. The area we have to cover is about 8 x 40′, pretty much the dimensions of our old MCI bus conversion. The most popular groundcover around here seems to be either fern or perennial peanut, and though someone told me the perennial peanut can take over a yard, the area we are going to be planting is narrow and surrounded by the drainage ditch on one side and our concrete driveway and garage on the other side, so I don’t think it can spread too much. We’ll talk to the folks at the nursery and get their advice.

We also have a big, nasty looking tree in our yard that has been taken over by Spanish moss and some sort of palm that we keep cutting back that keeps returning. We would like to remove it and plant a couple of citrus trees, so we will be asking the nursery for their advice about that, too.

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  3 Responses to “Soil, Sand, And Surf”

  1. Wishing you the best on your Landscaping project.
    When we lived in the RV Park we moved to a nicer site which had a beautiful Flower Garden. We learned the hard way they had planted a Fern which is invasive as well. It was killing the other plants and even trying to take over our lawn. It took Three Years of digging up all the off-shots to kill it off.
    Be Safe and Enjoy the cooler temps and beach time.

    It’s about time.

  2. Palm in picture is hard to see but probably is saw palmetto (Serenoa repens, commonly known as saw palmetto, is the sole species currently classified in the genus Serenoa. It is a small palm, growing to a maximum height around 7–10 ft (2.1–3.0 m). It is endemic to the subtropical Southeastern United States, most commonly along the south Atlantic and Gulf Coastal plains and sand hills. It grows in clumps or dense thickets in sandy coastal areas, and as undergrowth in pine woods or hardwood hammocks.)

  3. I had those when I built a house in fl. The best advice is to just keep cutting off the palm fond’s. It will take a while but digging out the roots is more work than your other project. The roots look like the normal palm tree trunks. They can be many feet long and 8 inches in diameter.

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