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4 Most Popular Mulch & Rock Choices for Riverview Landscapes in 2020

4 Most Popular Mulch & Rock Choices for Riverview Landscapes in 2020

In areas where grass or other groundcovers won't grow, mulch and rock are great alternatives. With the right products, you can choose natural-looking bed material that will revitalize your landscape.

Here at Lithia Landscape & Design, we offer professional mulch and rock installation services for residential and commercial clients in Brandon, Valrico, Lithia, and the surrounding areas.

If you are looking for something to fill your landscape beds with, here are four of the most popular mulch and rock choices for Riverview landscapes in 2020.


1. Red, brown, and black mulches are some of our most popular products.

Some of our most popular mulch products include red, brown, and black mulches. Check out some of the specific benefits of each type:

  • Red mulch: Red mulch is well-suited for a landscape with lightly-colored plants. The bright red color offers a striking contrast to shrubs, plants, and trees of paler shades.
  • Brown mulch: Brown mulch offers a very natural vibe. It will complement any shade of green in your yard. We recommend using brown mulch in smaller landscape beds. It will need to be replaced more frequently because its color tends to fade within a single growing season.
  • Black mulch: Black mulch works best for commercial properties. Its color offers a sleek look and it is less likely to fade over time. However, you should avoid using black mulch if your landscape beds have delicate plants. Black mulch tends to retain a lot of heat, ...
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6 Ways to Save Water with Your Landscaping

6 Ways to Save Water with Your Landscaping

Because of Florida's year-round relentless heat, you may want to consider different ways to save water with your landscaping. Here at Lithia Landscape & Design, we offer landscape design, irrigation repair services, and more to help you conserve water.

Below, you can check out six ways to save water with your landscaping.


1. Choose drought-tolerant plants.

While you don't have to replace all of your landscape bed plants, consider swapping some of them out for drought-tolerant options. Even if you only replace half of your current plants with drought-tolerant ones, you will save a lot of water. Here are some common drought-tolerant plants for your Florida yard:

  • Saw Palmetto
  • Buttonwood
  • Firebush
  • Blanket Flower
  • Longleaf Pine

2. Get your irrigation systems repaired.

Repairing an irrigation system in FishHawk, FL.

Our team can repair your current irrigation and sprinkler systems. We recommend getting issues like poor water pressure, damaged sprinkler heads, and broken pipes fixed as quickly as possible. These issues can create inadequate water distribution and abnormal pooling. By addressing these problems, we can reduce how much water you need to use in your landscape.


3. Re-do your landscape design.

Through our landscape design services, we help you with the placement of plants, water features, and hardscapes to ensure that all your softscaping receives the water it needs to thrive.


4. Water the soil rather than the leaves.

While most landscape owners have good intentions, their ...

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Case Study: New Landscaping & Irrigation Renovation in Lakeland, FL

Case Study: New Landscaping & Irrigation Renovation in Lakeland, FL

The team at Lithia Landscape & Design specializes in designing and installing landscaping in Brandon, Valrico, Lithia, and more, so when one of our Lakeland, FL clients called us to help with some new landscaping, we were thrilled.

When we got there, we realized their existing irrigation system needed some improvements so we ended up installing all-new irrigation components as well. Learn more about this landscaping project!


Full Irrigation Renovation Included a New Drip Irrigation System & Sprinklers

For landscaping to properly thrive, it's recommended to have efficient watering systems that keep your plants and grass healthy. Before we installed new landscape plants, the team went in and added a new drip irrigation system to the beds. Drip irrigation has several advantages over a standard irrigation system, including:

  • Saving water and money: Drip irrigation delivers water exactly where it needs to go—to the roots of your plants. That means there's less risk of excess water evaporating away, which just wastes water and adds excess money to your monthly water bill.
  • Reduces pollution: Excess water can create runoff, and when your landscaping beds are using fertilizer, it could end up in that water which in turn ends up in our water system. By keeping water within the landscape beds, drip irrigation reduces pollution.

We also added in a new sprinkler system that was more efficient for their lawn, as areas of the lawn were not...

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How Your FishHawk Yard Can Utilize 2020 Landscape Trends

How Your FishHawk Yard Can Utilize 2020 Landscape Trends

As the 2010s come to a close and we prepare to enter 2020, there is a huge shift in focus when it comes to landscaping. Homeowners are looking for less maintenance, more sustainability, and other trends. In the 2020 Garden Trends Report, they outline many trends to watch for in the next decade.

Here's how you can incorporate some of these trends in your FishHawk yard and other surrounding areas in Florida such as Lithia, Valrico, and Brandon.


1. Reduce household waste by up to 40% with sustainable gardening practices.

Custom landscaping with hibiscus flowers in Lithia, FL.

Creating a sustainable garden will be important in the next decade as we work to reduce the negative effects of pollution. As of now, if we continue deforestation and other practices, our soil will be devoid of nutrients and minerals by 2050, according to the United Nations Food & Agricultural Association. By creating a sustainable garden with composting, you can help reduce your household waste by up to 40% and restore your soil with much-needed organic micronutrients.


2. Create a space that's safe for important aspects of our ecosystem, such as pollinators and frogs.

You can also work to create a frog-friendly space. According to the 2020 report, 1 out of every 3 amphibians are listed as endangered. Frogs are an important part of our local Tampa Bay ecosystem, as they eat harmful pests such as mosquitoes and insects that damage plants. Make sure not to introduce any non-native species, as we already...

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A Guide to Caring for Florida Palm Trees

A Guide to Caring for Florida Palm Trees

In our area of Florida, palm trees are a popular and rewarding tree to grow and care for. Thanks to our mild tropical climate, palms thrive very well in Lithia, Valrico, Brandon, and the surrounding areas.

Whether you are a novice when it comes to palm tree care or a pro, we have everything you need to know about caring for palms in this short guide.


Allow Palms to Acclimate Before Planting

Palm seedlings growing in plant pots in Lithia, FL.

Before planting a new palm tree in your yard, you must first acclimate it to ensure it can handle direct sunlight. If your palm was previously grown in a shaded area, then you must slowly introduce it to full sunlight to prevent sunburn and shock. One of the best ways to do this is by starting your palm off in a shaded area such as a porch or screened-in patio, and then slowly moving it to sunnier areas. This allows your palm to adjust to the increased light level without burning, drying out, or going into shock.


Plant Palms in Well-Draining Soil & Water Properly

Palm trees like moist soil, but can also suffer from too much water. To ensure you provide your palm with the proper amount of water, be sure to plant it in loamy, well-draining soil. If your soil tends to retain too much water, add 30 to 50 percent sand into your soil to improve its drainage.

For the first six months after planting your palm, be sure to water it every day to keep it consistently moist. Palm trees are at their most vulnerable when young and need a lot of...

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Reasons to Hire a Professional Landscape Contractor

Reasons to Hire a Professional Landscape Contractor

Taking pride in your home and maintaining its value means investing in proper landscaping services. Professional landscape contractors can increase your home’s value, enhance your property’s beauty, and save you time and money.

Hiring a professional landscape contractor is a must-have for any homeowner and business who wants peace of mind and want to keep their property in immaculate shape. Here is why you should hire a professional landscape contractor for your property in Lithia, Valrico, Brandon, and the surrounding areas.


Professional Landscaping Increases Your Home’s Value

A property that benefits from professional landscape services enjoys a much higher property value than homes with poorly maintained landscapes. When you hire a professional landscape contractor, they work with you to create an exquisite landscape that complements the beauty of your home and matches its aesthetic. A beautifully and professionally-landscaped property attracts more potential buyers and tends to sell much quicker and for a higher price than other homes. Regular landscape maintenance from an experienced and trusted landscape company guarantees your lawn will always look its best.

Professional landscape contractors help increase your home’s value and curb appeal by creating an exquisite design that complements your home and the surrounding environment.


You Save Time & Money When You Hire a Professional Contractor

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Why Homes in Riverview, FL Need Landscape Installation

Why Homes in Riverview, FL Need Landscape Installation

Landscape installation services include a variety of lawn and yard design and maintenance. Landscape services can range from grass maintenance, flower bed design, annual flower planting, tree planting, tree maintenance and more.

Investing in the landscape of your home in Riverview, FL has a number of benefits for both your finances and lifestyle.


Landscapes Boost Curb Appeal of Your Home

Landscaping design services and lawn maintenance makes your home look gorgeous from the street. A beautiful yard draws people in and leaves a great impression. This benefits you in your everyday life. Who doesn’t want to come home to green trees, lush lawns, and budding flowers? The presence of plants is known to improve your general happiness.

Curb appeal also makes a home easier to sell. A house with curb appeal is more likely to tempt buyers into looking inside. Most of us assume that insides match the outside when searching for a home.

If you’re not sure what kinds of landscaping would look great on your property, don’t worry. Landscape consultation services can help you design a custom plan within your budget. Whether you just want a landscape bed repair or a total landscape renovation, Lithia Landscape and Design can help.

It’s important to enlist the help of a professional to make sure the landscape design is fashionable and that the best plants for the project and for Riverview, FL climates are chosen.


Installing Landscaping Can...

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Best Florida Annuals to Plant in Fall

Best Florida Annuals to Plant in Fall

In our area of Florida, the cooler weather brings with it a need for change in your landscaping beds. In spring and summer, warm-season annuals are great for bringing bright, happy colors to your lawn. But as the weather cools, those annuals will need to be replaced by cool-season annuals to ensure your landscaping stays protected.

Here is a guide to some of the best annuals to plant in the fall in Lithia, Valrico, Brandon, and the surrounding areas.


Cool-Season Annuals for Florida Landscaping Beds

Pink snapdragons in a landscaping bed in Fishhawk, FL.

One perk to planting cool-season annuals is that it brings fresh, new color to your landscaping. Your warm-season annuals will have already bloomed by this point and blooms may be drying up or falling off. Our climate allows for various types of annuals to be planted in our fall or winter. Here are some of the common cool-season annuals we plant at Lithia Landscape & Design.

  • Geraniums: These flowers are a classic fall annual and bring vibrant color to your lawn. It is best to plant these around October once the humidity and heat die down some. Keeping them watered regularly is key to their health and amount of blooms.
  • Snapdragons: Snapdragons can be white, pink, red, orange, or yellow. The ideal time to plant these is mid-to-late October. They can reach heights of three feet and benefit from full sun exposure. Some areas of Florida may need to cover them at night if the temperature drops too low.
  • Pansies: These cold-tolerant flowers can be red,...
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Landscape Design Trends to Help Your Florida Yard Stand Out

Landscape Design Trends to Help Your Florida Yard Stand Out

Landscape design in Florida is a special challenge. The heat here and the expense of watering yards can make your choices for landscape installation feel limited.

However, there are plenty of contemporary landscaping trends that are compatible with Florida weather that Lithia Landscape & Design has successfully installed for many customers in Lithia, Valrico, Brandon, and the surrounding Florida cities.


Pollinator Gardens & Butterfly Gardens

A bee rests on this flower in a Valrico, FL pollinator garden.

Pollinator gardens are a great trend that involves planting flowers and plants that attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees. Pollinator gardens are in style partly because people love to see gorgeous local butterflies and hummingbirds come to their yard. They’re also current because bees are struggling with keeping up their population numbers, and people like to help the important insect out by giving them pollinating plants.

There are tons of wildflowers and other pollinator plants available, but gardens in Florida often include black-eyed susans, cannas, coral honeysuckle, marigold, and purple cornflowers. Herbs, which can double as a great way to add flavor to your cooking, that add to pollinator gardens include cilantro, mint, and rosemary. Shrubs that are great for pollinators include sea grape and Walter’s viburnum.


Low-Maintenance Landscaping

Low-maintenance landscape design is another popular request by our customers. Modern homeowners are extremely busy and they...

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Annual Flowers vs. Perennial Flowers

Annual Flowers vs. Perennial Flowers

When deciding which types of flowers to plant in your landscape, one common question always arises: which is better – annuals or perennials? The answer is neither; both types are essential and beneficial to any landscape, so it’s important to understand what sets them apart.

Which type of flower is best for your landscape depends on your specific desires and preferences. If you’re looking to plant some flowers to your landscape in Lithia, Valrico, Brandon, and the surrounding areas, here’s everything you need to know about annuals vs. perennials.


Perennial Flowers Last for Years, Require More Maintenance

Pink peonies look gorgeous in this Brandon, FL landscape bed.

Perennials are flowers that live for three to five years, and return year after year and continue growing until they eventually reach maturity. They grow back each year from roots that go dormant in the soil in the winter. Perennials do best when planted in spring or fall, and bloom for less time than annuals, usually for only two to six weeks. Because perennials have a longer lifespan, they put their energy into growing strong roots instead of growing lots of flowers. Perennials also require more attention and maintenance than annuals, such as constant watering, weed pulling, pruning, and dead-heading (removing dead flower heads).

Perennials tend to be hardier than annuals and more adaptable to weather conditions, thus more expensive. Common perennials include roses, peonies, mums, and lilies.


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