Tuesday, 31 January 2017 00:00

February is National Bird-Feeding Month

In February, the US celebrates National Bird-Feeding Month.  Even in Southwest Florida, February can be a difficult month for birds.  Food, water and shelter are very important for birds in the colder months.  Creating a backyard for birds is simple and inexpensive.

There are a few simple things you can do to make your yard more inviting to birds.  For starters, limit the amount of lawn you have.  Replace some lawn grass with groundcovers.  This keeps the cost down on maintenance and watering while providing food and shleter for birds and other small animals.  Also include plants that are valuable for birds such as conifers, nectar producing plants, summer fruiting plants and nut and acorn plants. Providing water is essential.  Including a birdbath or small pond will provide birds nourishment while adding tranquilty to your garden.  Installing birdfeeders or nesting boxes in your trees can provide food birds need. Adding different seeds will increase the diversity of birds you can attract in your yard.

Providing an inviting yard for birds is not only entertaining but educating for both adults and children, all the while helping these little creatures survive in the colder months.

 

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017 00:00

OPi Attends The Luxury Home Show

 

This past weekend, the OPi team attended the Luxury Home Show hosted by Home & Design Magazine at The Ritz Carlton Golf Resort in Naples.  We had a great time networking and meeting potential clients. We were surrounded by the best of the best in home design.  

 

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Monday, 16 January 2017 00:00

Florida Celebrates Arbor Day In January

Every year since 1886, on the third Friday of January, Florida celebrates Arbor Day.  Why January?  Well, that's because it's the best time of the year to plant a tree in Florida.  January is right in the middle of our seven month dry season. Deciduous trees are dormant so they take the shock of transplanting better.  It's a great time for Floridians to dig in, plant trees and get involved in making their communities greener.  Trees offer more than just habitat, they absorb water, keep us cool, purify the air and increase the value of your house. 

Did you know our state tree is the Sabal Palm (Sabal Palmetto)? It also referred to as a Cabbage Palm.  It's not too late to plant some Florida natives in your yard.

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