Florida Gardening forum: Moving to Punta Gorda

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Name: Susan
Zone 10a (Zone 10a)

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gardenersdetective
Mar 11, 2017 9:57 AM CST
We are moving from St Louis, MO to Punta Gorda, FL this summer. Looking forward to checking these boards and learning what SWFL has to offer and the tropical plants I can finally leave outdoors. Lots to learn about my new growing zone. I would really like a silver palm, date palm & fan palm in our landscape. Are they easy care or messy plants? The builder planted an oak tree in the back yard. I would like to replace it with a tropical anchor plant that's easy care that won't block my view of the lake. Any recommendations? Feel free to share any favorite nurseries, garden shops, gardens, & pottery shops in the area.
Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
Mar 11, 2017 10:10 AM CST
I'd advise you to be careful about removing any trees. Most have to have permits to be removed, especially if they are natives.
Name: Alice
Saint Helena Island, SC (Zone 9a)
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ardesia
Mar 11, 2017 11:09 AM CST
Sounds like it is a newly planted tree. Perhaps, if there is a problem removing it, it could be relocated on the property . Oak trees do grow quickly and provide shade which is IMO essential.
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Name: pam
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gardenglory
Apr 23, 2017 7:41 AM CST
I agree that I would check out the sun shade/sun situation. Cant sit out under a palm tree to enjoy the view, not and get any shade.
Name: Susan
Zone 10a (Zone 10a)

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gardenersdetective
May 6, 2017 5:12 PM CST
Thanks not allowed to replace unless they die. So much for the tropical paradise I have been longing for. We will not be adding to our maintenance free yard just wanted a couple of Palm trees not oaks & magnolia provided by builder which we could not decline. As for sitting outside we already have a gator so we will looking outside, ha!


Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
May 6, 2017 5:39 PM CST
I'm sure you'll have plenty of room for creating a tropical paradise, Susan. Don't despair. There are so many wonderful plants you can try out here, I'm sure you're going to have a ball.

Palm trees are easy care, don't take up much room and do give a pretty effect but, as Pam said, they don't offer much in the way of shade. You'll thank your builder for planting that oak tree in years to come for the cooling and shade it gives your yard. You can limb it up as it gets taller so it won't impede your view of the lake.

If you already have a gator, you can call and have it removed by wildlife control. That's a normal part of life here. It's also the reason many people have screened patios and cages around their swimming pools. Critters and bugs - there's just SO much more life here all year round than up north and you do have to get used to it.
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