1. Outdoor Living

    Bringing the indoors out and the outdoors in is a privilege few get to experience.  Thankfully, the tropical Southwest Florida lifestyle provides us with such luxuries! At Neal Communities, we believe in personalizing your home and making it fit your lifestyle, so why not pull out all the stops? From breathtaking pools, to optimal grilling & relaxation space, we can bring all the comforts of the indoors outside. Need to see it to believe it?  Look no further; we have the gallery just for you!


  2. Growing Your Gardens

    Are you familiar with the term “curb appeal”? Basically, it is a phrase used to determine how appealing your home is from street view. Don’t be turned away from landscaping your yard because of the challenges Florida’s tropical climate creates!

    Having a beautiful yard in Florida is possible with a little tender loving care. With just a few pieces of knowledge, a couple gardening tools, and a little time, you can be on your way to a well-manicured lawn full of beautiful flowers, trimmed shrubs, and fruits and vegetables to fill your fridge (and belly!)

    To start, Real Simple put together a checklist to help you through each step of your gardening adventure, from beginning to end.  Once you have determined what you want to plant and where, gather basic gardening tools like a spade, garden fork, soaking hose, hoe, hand weeder, and a basket to begin. Don’t forget those gloves!

    But once you have the needed tools, what’s the next step? Living in the tropical climates of Florida, you are aware that landscaping can be a little trickier. The soil is made up of mostly sand, the heat and humidity are higher, dry season can effect plants, and the sea salt from the ocean may compromise their growth if they don’t have a tolerance for it. Don’t let these things keep you from creating a beautiful yard you will be proud to call your own!

    Find out first where you want to get started. Do you want to incorporate flowers, shrubs, trees, or vines? How much are you willing to spend?  With fall just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start planning for what you will incorporate into your garden!

    For southern Florida gardens, Florida Gardener provides a breakdown of the vegetables, herbs, flowers, and bulbs that are best for you to grow.

    Vegetables: Beans, Broccoli, Carrots, Collards, Corn, Cowpeas, Cucumbers, Celery, Eggplant, Leaf Lettuce, Mustard, Okra, Onions, Peppers, Pumpkin, Squash Tomatoes, Turnips, and Watermelon.

    Herbs:  Basil, Chives, Dill, Mint, Oregano, Sweet Marjoram.

    Flowers:  Asters, Balsam, Begonias, Black-Eyed Susan Vine, Blue Daze, Cat’s Whiskers, Coleus, Cosmos, Cockscombs, Dianthus, Forget-Me-Nots, Gaillardia, Golden Globe Impatiens, Marigolds, Melapodium, Moon Vine, Pentas, Periwinkles, Petunias, Phlox, Porterweed, Portulaca, Purslane, Salvia, Scabiosa, Strawflowers, Sunflowers, Tithonias, Torenia, Verbenas and Zinnias.

    Bulbs:  African Iris, Agapanthus, Amaryllis, Cannas, Crinums, Daylilies, Gladioli, Gloriosa Lilies, Society Garlic and Zephyranthes (Rain Lilies).

    For inspiration on where and how to grow these items, view HGTV’s John Gidding video in which he shares tips on how to improve your home’s curb appeal with a few landscaping ideas.

     


    With so many delicious things growing in your garden, what will you ever do with them!  Visit Pinterest, The Food Network, Cooking Light, or your favorite recipe website for inspiration on how you can turn your pickings into a wonderful family dinner.

    Happy gardening!


  3. Outdoor Project- Build Your Own Fire Pit!

    Spring is here and like many other homeowners, you might have some outdoor projects  on your “To-Do” list.

    Stop and create something special this year that will provide outdoor entertainment to you and your guests – a backyard fire pit!

    Your backyard retreat is just a few steps away and you won’t need much to get started:

    • Concrete wall stones
    • Sand
    • Shovel
    • Tamper

    Before building anything in your backyard, you should always check with building codes. This will ensure you follow the rules and regulations.

    Pick a spot to build your fire pit that is far away from your house, low-hanging trees, or other structures.  When you start digging, be careful to not hit any lines.

    Once you determine how big you want your pit, lay down your concrete wall stones in a circle.  Typically, fire pits are anywhere from 36 to 44 inches in diameter.

    When you have your frame, dig a foot deep hole in the circle and pour sand in.

    Lay your stones around the perimeter and continue doing so until they are at least 12 inches above the ground.

    Take the time to enjoy friends and family sitting beside your cozy new fire pit!  Whether you are cooking s’mores, enjoying lemonade, or telling ghost stories, fun times are ready to begin near your backyard fire pit.