15 Aug

5 Plants That Flower All Winter Long in Florida

There are so many beautiful plants that bloom all year long here in sunny Florida, it’s hard to choose just five to feature here (in fact, it was so hard, we threw in a bonus plant just because). We’ve searched through dozens of options to curate the following list, giving you winter flower options that will add color and interest to your landscaping all year. Check out these photos from our past jobs to see how we put these recommendations to work for Tampa Bay homes and businesses.

Gerbera Daisy

While most of the country plants gerbera daisies as annuals, Florida gardens are lucky enough to have this beauty in bloom all year long. Gerberas come in a variety of colors, including red, pink, yellow, orange, purple, and white. Their large blooms are eye-catching and make great cut flowers in arrangements too! Plant gerberas in fertile, well-draining soil with lots of morning sun and some afternoon shade for the best bloom. Read More

15 Jul

2021 Landscaping Design Trends

Landscaping Design TrendsThe 2020 COVID-19 pandemic changed everything about how we interact in our outdoor spaces. Back yards became havens where friends and family congregate with great food, even better conversation, and lots of love. Flower beds turned into makeshift veggie gardens. People began appreciating the benefits of native plants. This return to simplicity has continued into 2021, showing how our values and preferences have been drastically altered by spending more time at home. We expect to see the following landscaping design trends prevail in 2021 and beyond: Read More

15 Apr

What is Mulch and Should I Use it?

What is Mulch

Generally speaking, mulch is any kind of covering placed either around or in lieu of plants with the purpose of:

  • preventing weeds
  • retaining soil moisture
  • regulating soil temperature
  • controlling erosion
  • amending the soil (for some organic mulches only)
  • Preventing the soil-based disease from infecting plants
  • drawing in beneficial organisms
  • keeping fruits and veggies grown for an appearance off the ground, thus preventing blemishes

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15 Oct

The Fall Landscaping Maintenance Your Tropical Plants Need

Even though it is approaching late fall, tropical plants will survive the cooler Florida temperatures. Even in its coldest months Florida’s weather rarely becomes a problem for well-established tropical plants. While you don’t want to plant tropical trees and shrubs during this time of year, it is a good time to do some basic maintenance to prepare for a new thriving season.

Pruning only as absolutely necessary

You should not be pruning your tropical trees or shrubs in the fall and winter months. The best time to prune is late winter to early spring in preparation for the growing season. Pruning too early in the season can easily kill a tree of any kind, and tropical trees are no different. Of course, if a part of the tree becomes diseased or faces other hazard pruning may become necessary. If required, it should be done by a professional.

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15 Mar

The Best Shrubs to Plant in Late Spring

Palms and tropical shrubs are natural to Florida climates, and as such they usually thrive as long as they are planted during the right time of year. With the coronavirus outbreak, many people have been denied their ability to hire landscaping services for the spring. That doesn’t mean you have to put off your landscape changes until next year. 

There are a lot of palms and shrubs that are great to plant in the late spring or early summer. When the stay-at-home orders are expired and life begins to return to normal, you can go ahead with at least some of your landscaping plans. While your flower beds may be fairly empty until next spring, your sod can be laid and your palms and tropical shrubs can be installed.

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15 Jun

Benefits of Planting Shrubs in Your Landscape

Your landscape design needs to include elements that make your lawn feel like home, but it is also important for everything in your landscape to work together for a healthy environment for all of your plants and grass. Tropical shrubs can really help your landscape design pull together and work together with other elements of your lawn and garden to create a beautiful escape.

Shrubs Stop Erosion

If you have an area of your lawn that is prone to erosion, adding a tropical shrub or two can help eliminate the problem. Shrubs have deep roots, and these roots can easily anchor soil in areas where frequent rain runoff threatens the grass or other garden plants. 

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10 Jun

Three Undeniable Reasons to Hire Landscapers This Season

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There are some things in life that are simply better left to the professionals. Despite Pinterest’s inspiring pictures that might make you feel ready to undertake a major DIY project, the professionals are considered trusted experts for good reason. When it comes to landscaping your home, you are bound to be dramatically happier with the results when a botanical guru is in charge. If you need some convincing, here are three compelling reasons to drop those bags of mulch and pick up the phone. Read More

18 Aug

The Appeal of Palm Trees in Tampa Landscapes

Privacy-2Does anything resemble Florida quite as much as a palm tree? I don’t think so.

The palm tree is on our state seal and flag (it’s a sable, or cabbage palm), which is also the state tree. It is native to Florida. So put one in your yard!

Don’t Palm Trees Require a Lot of Work?

Palm trees do pretty well in Tampa and really don’t need much more work than other trees.

For example, since they’re native, they don’t need extra watering except in summer and when they are newly planted. (I find it amusing that palm trees are popular in Phoenix, where they need frequent watering all the time.) There are really just a few things to keep in mind when you care for palm trees. Read More