About BLG Environmental
BLG was started in 1995 by Colin Kirkwood as a simple lawn mowing service. Colin was joined by Robert Burns in 2003. From these humble beginnings, BLG has added multiple services over the years, including:
- Custom Landscape Design & Installation
- Lawn & Garden Irrigation Systems
- Custom Lighting Design & Installation
- Custom Hardscape Design & Installation
We understand the value of offering quality services at an affordable price, and we strive to create natural spaces that are unique and long-lasting.
FNGLA Certified Landscape Designer
FNGLA Certified Horticulture Professional
Florida Water Accredited Irrigation Professional
Robert comes by his love of horticulture naturally. He has roots in Hawaii, where his great-great-grandparents were agricultural immigrants from the Portuguese island of Madera. The family passion for growing things comes to him through his grandmother and father. Summers spent as a boy among the Hawaiian Islands are a continuing inspiration for him.
With an education in Horticultural Studies, Robert began his adult career with Spring Hill Nursery in Apopka, FL. With that experience, he started Higher Power Lawn Care in 2000 to provide maintenance, irrigation, and custom landscape design services to a larger clientele. Three years later, Robert joined forces with childhood friend Colin Kirkwood and became the Director of Operations for Better Lawns and Garden, with over 120 residential and commercial clients. In 2006, the partners sold their Better Lawns and Garden lawn maintenance division and Robert formed BLG Environmental Services to focus solely on providing landscape, hardscape, and irrigation design services. As a principal in BLG, Robert focuses on building relationships with his clients and project teams to ensure that every project exceeds expectation. He can often be found visiting sites and is available for consultation throughout the project lifecycle.
- What do you like about running your own a landscape business?
I like the challenge, creativity, and organization it takes to efficiently develop a custom landscape design and complete the project. It’s a rush and gives me a great sense of accomplishment.
- What do you like about leading the BLG team?
Being the owner of the company gives me the independence to make decisions quickly and provide my clients with the best solutions to meet their needs. It also gives me the freedom to work with people who share my values and goals.
- What’s your favorite part of what you do?
I love creating beauty and value in a landscape. My creations last for years and give me great satisfaction.