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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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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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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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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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Why Your Home Benefits from Custom Landscaping

Why Your Home Benefits from Custom Landscaping

Your home or business is a huge, important part of your life. It's important that you protect that part of your life with investments that show you care about your property.

One way to invest in your property is by installing custom, beautiful landscaping that complements the exterior of your residential or commercial property and adds to its beauty.

At Lithia Landscape & Design, we can design, install, or consult on custom landscaping for homes and businesses in Valrico, Lithia, Brandon, and other nearby Florida areas.

Adding Custom Landscaping Can Increase the Value of Your Property

By adding custom landscaping, it's possible to not only increase property value but also increase the chances of reselling your property down the line. A 2018 survey of real estate agents found that 99 percent of those agents suggest that sellers work to increase their curb appeal before putting a property on the market. Additionally, 17 percent said that a recent landscape project was what helped them close on a property sale.

According to the National Association of Realtors, it's estimated that homeowners can recoup 100 percent of their investment in landscape maintenance such as mulching, pruning, and planting annual flowers.

Custom Landscaping Uses Plants & Flowers Proven to Thrive in Florida Climate

This landscape bed in Valrico, FL is full of plants that are great for Florida climates.

When a custom landscape is designed, it's then possible to choose plants and flowers that are either native to Florida or proven to ...

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What is Florida-Friendly Landscaping?

What is Florida-Friendly Landscaping?

Many homeowners across the state of Florida have been searching for ways to make their landscape more environmentally friendly as pollution concerns continue to rise. Thanks to the University of Florida, there are some great guidelines set up on how to create Florida-friendly landscaping.

Here are some ways that we at Lithia Landscape & Design can work with you to set up some Florida-friendly landscaping at residential and commercial properties located in and around Tampa Bay areas such as Lithia, Valrico, and Brandon.

9 Principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping

These bromeliads in Brandon will flourish well in the Florida climate.

Florida-friendly landscaping was designed to help protect the natural resources in our state through water usage reduction, pollution reduction, creation of wildlife habitats, and erosion prevention.

There are nine principles of Florida-friendly landscaping that address many aspects of landscape design and installation and if a landscape adheres to all of these principles, then it can be named Florida-friendly. These principles, according to the University of Florida, are:

  • Right Plant, Right Place: Choose native plants that will work well with the zone we live in. When plants are suited for their environment, they require less watering and stand up better against insect infestation.
  • Water Efficiently: Using too much water for your lawn and landscaping leads to water waste. Also, try not to water 24 hours after it has already rained or if the weather predicts more rain coming.
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