Southwest Florida landscape companies are seeing a bit more business come their way after several lean years following the collapse of the housing bubble.

Much of the work coming to contractors is actually refurbishing existing properties, the reverse of a few years ago, when new homes were springing up like weeds around southwest Florida.

The bulk of the new business is coming from those who purchased homes that had been foreclosed. Even basic turf care--such as watering--was ignored for years, making these properties unsightly. New homeowners are more ready to accept the costs of planting landscapes that better fit their costs and area water restrictions.

In addition to homeowners taking over foreclosed properties, landscape companies are also seeing demands for hardier plants, after three consecutive cold winters destroyed thousands of them. Others are reporting more demand for sustainable fruit and vegetable gardens, as well as herbs and ornamentals.