Filling your yard with greenery is an easy, visually pleasing way to help the environment. However, you may need to do a bit of planning before you start planting.

Erin Givens, OUC Vegetation Management Specialist, shares her tips to make your landscaping project a success:

Erin Givens, Vegetation Management Specialist

Visualize your planting area beforehand. Allow enough space for your plants to grow to their full potential.

Select the right plants for your space. Consider the amount of sunlight, soil conditions, and the nearest water source.

Conserve natural resources. Follow the rules of xeriscaping or Florida-Friendly Landscaping. Not familiar? Watch our video on xeriscaping.

Consider the placement of utilities. Your space may contain above ground and buried utilities. Any trees planted within 20 feet of an overhead utility line should have a maximum height of less than 20 feet. For underground utilities, call 811 before you dig. OUC will mark your underground utilities for free.