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Questions You Must Ask Your Landscape Designer

Questions You Must Ask Your Landscape Designer

Putting in new landscaping at your home or business is an exciting decision. It is something you should do your homework on before making the final decision on what plant material is added to your property.

Here at Lithia Landscape & Design, we have installed and created many gorgeous custom landscapes across the areas of Brandon, Valrico, Lithia, and other nearby cities. Learn some questions that we recommend you should always ask before adding new landscapes in your yard.

How will the design mature and what is the growth rate of the plants?

Home landscaping with mature plants and bushes in Lithia, FL.

When landscaping is initially installed, the plants will be younger and smaller than they will be once they reach maturity. When you invest money into plants, you need to know exactly what you are getting into with them, meaning you have to learn about how large they will be as well as how their mature sizes will look next to each other.

You also need to know how often the plants should be maintained with routine trimming. Trimming shapes the plants and keeps them healthy. They should be pruned once a year as well.

Which type of ground cover will be used?

The type of ground cover used in your landscaping can give off very different looks and feels. A dark hardwood mulch looks traditional and refined, while seashells complement the beachy atmosphere of the Tampa Bay area.

You will also need to keep up with the maintenance of the ground cover chosen. Each type should be replenished at different times:

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4 Simple Landscape Design Ideas for Florida Homeowners

4 Simple Landscape Design Ideas for Florida Homeowners

At Lithia Landscape & Design, we often get asked about some simple landscape designs that our clients can incorporate into their lawns. In our area of Florida, there are many things we can do with our landscaping that other parts of the country can't do year-round.

Check out four of our recommendations for simple ideas for landscape beds in Valrico, Lithia, Brandon, and the nearby areas of Florida.

1. Use mulch and rock ground cover together.

Landscape bed with mulch and flowering plants in Valrico, FL.

For a beautiful look in your landscaping, consider using both mulch and rock as ground cover. This creates a nice visual effect while your landscape still reaps the benefits of ground cover, such as protecting the underlying soil, blocking weed growth, and retaining moisture. You can use dark hardwood mulch and then contrast that with white river rock, or use red mulch with brown river rock for a more subtle approach.

2. Utilize natural stones and boulders.

Large boulders in the landscape provide beauty and a natural effect, as well as focal points in the overall design. Consider spacing them around your shrubs to put a new color into the area. You could also use natural stone curbing that provides a definitive edging to the landscaping. The advantage of using rocks is that they will last forever, so you should never have to replace them.

Another way to incorporate rocks into landscaping is by adding in bubblers, which are water features inserted into rocks or boulders.

3. Incorporate...

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The Good & Bad, How Landscaping Impacts Florida Home Values

The Good & Bad, How Landscaping Impacts Florida Home Values

Quality landscaping projects can boost your curb appeal and also add value to your home, but what happens when you have neglected or bad landscaping? In Florida, we are known for our beautiful, tropical landscapes that include palm trees, crotons, and other gorgeous plants. If someone visits your home and sees a yard that is not kept up with, it could create a negative view of your home and you.

Learn how landscaping can affect your home's value both positively and negatively in Florida areas such as Brandon, Lithia, Valrico, and nearby cities.

Landscaping will continually increase your home's value if it's properly maintained.

Healthy home landscaping with blooming plants in Lithia, FL.

Adding new landscaping, even if it is a small landscape job, can boost your home's value by several thousand dollars. Depending on where your home is located and its current market value, proper landscaping can add anywhere from 5 percent to 12 percent to your overall value, according to SF Gate.

To get that kind of return on investment is huge, especially since a landscaping project will only continually increase your home's value. The plants that are installed will continue to grow and become fuller, meaning the planting beds will look amazing throughout the lifespan of the landscaping.

Keep in mind, however, that this is only applicable if the landscaping and the surrounding lawn is properly maintained. This includes tasks such as:

  • Routine trimming
  • Yearly pruning
  • Regular...
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Tampa Bay's Top 5 Spring Annual Flowers

Tampa Bay's Top 5 Spring Annual Flowers

It is officially spring in the Tampa Bay area, which means it is time to start thinking about adding new plants to your landscaping. One way to do this is by planting some beautiful spring annual flowers, as they bloom for a long time and give landscape beds a dose of much-needed color.

Here are five of the top spring annual flowers in Tampa Bay areas such as Lithia, Brandon, Valrico, and more.

1. Marigolds bloom throughout spring, summer, and fall.

Bright orange marigold flowers in bloom in Lithia, FL.

The beautiful hues of orange, yellow, red, and multicolor marigolds will add sunny color to your landscaping. They thrive in any type of soil and need full sun to grow well so they can bloom throughout the spring, summer, and fall. These are also sometimes referred to as calendulas, which are a type of marigold. Avoid planting them in the shade or very moist areas, as they will be prone to develop powdery mildew in that type of environment.

2. Periwinkle flowers are purple, blue, or white.

Beautiful periwinkle annual flowers in Valrico, FL.

A popular choice based on their coloring, periwinkle flowers grow as a ground cover. Typically a purple or blue color, their flowers can also be white. If you want deeper foliage, then plant these in partial shade, but if you desire more flowers, it should be planted in full sun.

3. Sunpatiens can be red, fuchsia, pink, purple, and other vibrant colors.

Sunpatiens hanging in a basket on a Brandon, FL home porch.

A vibrant flower, sunpatiens are a hybrid of the popular impatiens. These flowers bloom in many colors such as pink, purple, red,...

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Landscape Design Tips to Keep in Mind for Your Florida Home

Landscape Design Tips to Keep in Mind for Your Florida Home

Your home's exterior is the first thing that residents, visitors, and neighbors notice when they look at your property. Plus, you see it every day as you spend time outside or come home from work, so you should take pride in its appearance. To help your landscape look its best, you may need to implement some changes with its design.

Here at Lithia Landscape & Design, we offer expert landscape design services to properties in Brandon and Riverview, Florida. To begin the design process, our team evaluates your unique landscape. From there, we consider your design preferences and recommend specific elements to incorporate into your landscape. Check out some of the most common landscape design tips that we implement for our clients' Florida homes.

Choose plants that best suit the exterior of your home.

Within the central Florida area, there is no one standard style of home. The style and architecture of your home may differ greatly from that of your neighbors. Consider the look of your home's unique exterior when choosing softscaping. This way, you will select plants that best suit your residential property in Brandon.

For example, if you have a bright white historic home, consider using a lot of lush green foliage. On the other hand, if your home is a farmhouse red, try planting brightly-colored hydrangeas, sunflowers, or rose bushes to enhance its countryside feel.

Use landscape plants that are proven to thrive in the central Florida area.

Bromeliads are a popular plant to add in landscaping in Brandon, FL.

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Flowering Shrubs to Add to Your Brandon, FL Landscaping

Flowering Shrubs to Add to Your Brandon, FL Landscaping

If you're considering a renovation of your current landscaping in Brandon, FL, late winter is a great time to do so. You can have the landscape installed and ready to go before the worst of the rainy season begins and the plants will be able to soak up the water they will need to establish themselves in your landscape beds.

To add some color to your landscapes, you can install annual flowers for instant results, but if you want to keep flowers coming back year after year, then here is a guide to some perennial flowering shrubs that flourish in Brandon and the surrounding areas of Florida.

1. Azaleas come in a variety of colors and produce vibrant flowers.

Azaleas are often featured in Southern landscaping for their vibrant flowers. In spring, these shrubs produce a variety of colors, such as pink, red, purple, white, peach, and yellow. These shrubs do well with filtered sunlight and are not very drought-tolerant, so keep that in mind if you're looking to lower water usage at your Brandon home or business.

2. Oleanders thrive in full sun and have bright blooms in various shades.

Pink oleander blooms in a landscape bed in Brandon, FL.

While oleanders have a reputation for being poisonous, they are beautiful plants. It's suggested to plant them in an area that will be away from small children and pets playing in your yard. They thrive in full sunlight and have bright blooms in various shades like coral, yellow, red, white, and pink. This perennial actually blooms for a majority of the year and...

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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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