5 Gainesville Landscape Tips for this Summer

With temperatures beginning to rise, it’s important to start preparing your Gainesville landscape for success in the months ahead. Does your curb appeal need some added color? Is your lawn ready for the warm weather and adjusted irrigation times?

We have compiled a few tips that will keep your lawn in great shape during the summer months.

1. Don’t Butcher the Grass
It’s tempting to lower your mower blades to cut the grass as short as possible. After all, you reason, it’s sort of like your hair—the shorter you cut it now, the longer you can go between trims. Grass doesn’t work like that, especially when it comes to St. Augustine and Zoysia grass.

Chopping the grass is more likely to leave it brown and dead. For the warm season, not only should you sharpen the blades, but you should also position them to never cut more than 1/3rd of the leaf blade off for an optimal lawn. Leaving the grass slightly taller won’t interfere with the groomed...

5 Design Trends in Outdoor Living

This year's outdoor living trends are all about making your lawn, backyard, or porch, a regular part of everyday life. Building on last year's momentum, homeowners began to bring indoor conveniences outdoors with smart technology, multipurpose add-ons, and structures that allow us to be outside longer and more often throughout the year. Whether it's a spot to grow herbs for homemade meals, a private patio, or a place to do the cooking, the popularity of outdoor living spaces continue to grow in 2021.

Below you’ll find 5 popular outdoor living trends focusing on creating simple and elegant spaces to live, relax, and entertain outdoors.

1. Pool Remodels with Pavers and Coping
You can choose from so many colors, patterns, and textures, you can give your pool deck a look you really want. Homeowners can show off their pool deck designs year-round, not just during pool time. Pool decks are an excellent way to extend a home for...

5 Reasons Why Mulching is Vital to Curb Appeal

Mulch adds beauty, depth, and dimension to any landscape. Rather than leaving soil exposed and bare, try adding mulch to create a beautiful touch to your landscape and spruce up your yard. Mulching adds vibrant colors and manicured look to your garden or softscape bed; thus, adding to its curb appeal. It gives your lawn a finished and refined look by occupying the empty spaces, which also helps in making the maintenance an easier job.
Here are 5 reasons why mulching is vital to curb appeal...

  1. Clear definition between grass and garden beds:
    This is the fundamental piece to curb appeal. Mulch gives beds a uniform, well-maintained look, and adds definition between the turf and beds. By adding definition to your garden beds you will make your property more visually appealing. Edging creates clean, crisp lines between beds and other areas, which gives your lawn character and depth. Think of mulch as your canvas where your plants can be the
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5 Landscape Design Trends

During the long year we had in 2020 where we spent a lot more time at home, we all have had a chance to inspect and even dream of updating our yards into outdoor living spaces we can enjoy and be proud of. Just like everything else, Landscape design has many trends and we want to showcase five trends that have really been on the rise lately, and have transformed our backyard’s into vacation “getaways."

  1. Outdoor Living: As more and more people discover the enjoyment of outdoor living, one of the top priorities is often the construction of a paver patio, firepit, remodeled pool area, outdoor kitchen, or a place where they can relax. This area becomes more than a backyard to look at - but an attractive outdoor room for work or play. It is a place to read the Sunday paper, eat a meal, enjoy the sun, or entertain friends. This design trend really is all about creating simple and elegant spaces to live, relax, and entertain outdoors; as opposed to the backyard lawn or
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Do I need a Gainesville Landscape Designer or a Landscape Architect?

Maybe you have a landscape, artificial turf, or paver patio project that's bigger than you can handle, and you want to contact a professional. But, how do you know who to call - do you need a Landscape Architect? or a Landscape Designer? and, what is the difference between landscape architects and landscape designers? Apparently, more than you may realize.

Landscape Architects
To legally call yourself a landscape architect, you must have a bachelor's and/or master's degree in landscape architecture from a university and be licensed by the state of Florida in order to design and work on landscape projects. A good and reputable landscape architect has experience or has the training to work with challenging issues in both commercial and large residential sites, including:

  • Steep slopes
  • Large Retaining walls
  • Expansive Irrigation and drainage systems
  • Designing outdoor structures
  • Solving elevation
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