The Ground Source Blog

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 3, 2020 8:22:00 AM

The 11 Most Critical Steps for Great Sod Installation in Orlando, FL

Too bad sod installation isn’t as easy as throwing down your new living room rug — just roll it out and admire the beauty.

There’s more to installing your instant green carpet of grass than that, and some steps along the way are especially critical to ensure your new lawn thrives.

Great sod installers follow certain procedures along the way. 

Thinking of installing your own sod? These sod installation tips can guide you.

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 Jul 13, 2016 10:34:26 AM

Landscape vs Hardscape: What's the difference?

Just the other day, a member of our landscape design team was talking with a prospective client in Florida about some future work. During the conversation, the client asked: landscape vs hardscape design? Which is better?

Posted by Joe Mouad on Apr 8, 2016 10:41:07 AM

Ten Beautiful Plants For Your Orlando Landscape Design

So you resodded your beautiful new backyard, and now you want add some color and variety. Fortunately, there are plenty of flowers indigenous to Central Florida that will make your landscape pop. All of the flowers on this list are perennials. Keep your Orlando landscape design lively and colorful for years to come by planting one or more of the these plants. 

Posted by Joe Mouad on Sep 22, 2014 12:41:39 PM

Creating a Florida Friendly Landscape

Creating landscape designs for Orlando (well, Florida in general) is somewhat different from the rest of the country because of the vast range of climate conditions we have. Because of that, it's worth considering creating a Florida-friendly landscape. That means that you have low-maintenance plants installed and use environmentally-sustainable practices in your yard.

Posted by Joe Mouad on Jan 14, 2010 1:36:03 PM

Flowering Shrubs That Attract Wildlife

The key to a successful and beautiful landscape is to achieve the perfect balance between form and function. Beyond adding beauty and value to the home, a well-designed landscape can increase energy efficiency in the home, provide greater privacy and can even help to protect the home from intrusion. Shrubs and hedges are especially well suited to adding privacy and security to any home in Florida.