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Posted by Joe Mouad on Sep 18, 2020 9:14:56 AM

6 Fundamental Landscape Design Tips to Enhance Your Home in Orlando, FL

There’s a reason professional landscape designers get college degrees.

Man, there’s a lot of stuff to keep in mind.

When Orlando landscape designers study landscape design, they learn about mass, form, line, texture, and color. Then they combine these elements to transform your yard.

Sounds kind of fancy. But it’s why your new paver patio could have such graceful lines. It’s why your yard could be filled with plants with a variety of intriguing colors and textures.

Posted by Joe Mouad on Aug 19, 2020 10:47:01 AM

8 Common Landscape Lighting Questions & Helpful Answers for Orlando, FL Homeowners

Let’s tackle the obvious question first: “Do I need landscape lighting?”

You absolutely do. (Even if you’re not afraid of the dark.) 

Consider these reasons: 

  • Front yard landscape lighting makes your house look beautiful and high-end after dark.
  • Patio and walkway landscape lighting keeps your family and visitors safe.
  • Deck landscape lighting prevents you from falling face first into your parmesan crab dip during your late night star-gazing snack session.

More questions? Let’s get to them.

Posted by Joe Mouad on Aug 5, 2020 1:45:50 PM

7 Landscape Design Tips for Perfect Plantings at Your Orlando, FL Home

So, you’re ready to do some landscaping! We can sense your excitement way over here.

Got your plan in place? Considered the one-third rule? Varied your colors and textures? Planned for staggered bloom times? 

If all you’ve done is bought three azalea shrubs, you’re reading this just in time. 

Let these seven Florida landscaping ideas get you off to a great start.

Posted by Joe Mouad on Jun 22, 2020 1:51:35 PM

Understanding Yard Drainage in Orlando: French Drains, Collection Boxes, & More

Read anything fascinating about yard drainage lately?

What? You don’t think yard drains are fascinating? Hmm, maybe it’s just us.

But if you live in a newer Orlando neighborhood, chances are you need some kind of yard drainage.

Drainage here in Orlando is a continuing problem as the city grows. All the dry areas have already been developed, so nearly all the houses in new neighborhoods have drainage problems. The already-wet ground can’t absorb extra water.

New homes also often have poor soil, so water doesn’t seep in as well as it should.

What kind of yard drain is best for your house?

Posted by Joe Mouad on May 18, 2020 10:43:22 AM

5 Pool Landscaping Plants Perfect for Orlando, FL

“I love that big prickly pine tree by your pool.“

That’s a sentence you’ll never hear. 

Not every plant is perfect for planting around a pool.

No spines, dripping sap, or falling burrs, please. 

Ground Source landscape designer, Eric Frisch, shares a few of his favorite pool landscaping plantsand a couple of other pool landscaping tips.

Posted by Joe Mouad on Apr 30, 2020 3:24:44 PM

7 of the Best Palm Trees for Your Central FL Landscaping

This is Central Florida, land of palm trees.

Pick a palm for your yard or property, and it’ll thrive, right?

Actually, no. Just because this is Florida doesn't mean every variety of palm loves it here.

Some varieties, like Royal, Traveler's, or Coconut palms will likely die here in Central Florida if we get a bad frost or freeze.

If these three are your favorites, Traveler's palm, which looks like a banana tree, is the most likely of the three to survive in Central Florida, if not exposed to cold winds. 

But there are better choices.

Posted by Joe Mouad on Jan 2, 2020 2:59:20 PM

20 Great Ideas for the Best Front Yard Landscaping at Your Orlando, FL Home

Have you taken a good look at your front yard lately?

Sure, the back yard might be more fun — barbecues, pool parties, coffee and donuts in your robe.

But your front yard introduces your home to the world — or at least, to the neighborhood.

“It should be a place you’re proud to show off,” says Eric Frisch, Ground Source landscape designer.

“What can you do to stand out from the neighbors?”

Quite a bit. Check out these front yard landscaping design ideas.

Posted by Joe Mouad on Nov 12, 2019 12:53:24 PM

Is a Paver Driveway a Good Option for My Orlando, FL Home?

You might not give much thought to your old dependable driveway.

But it’s more than just a landing spot for your car.

It’s a great, big design element, a right-out-front complement to both your house and yard.

If yours needs a boost, what’s the best material?

Here in Orlando, most homeowners choose either concrete or pavers for driveways, says Eric Frisch, landscape designer at Ground Source. 

Is a paver driveway in Orlando, Florida a good idea?