A Recent Landscape Client Was in Need of Landscape Design Ideas Including a Pergola, Brick Paver Patio, and Landscaping

A client in Lake Mary, Florida was in need of landscape design ideas including a pergola, brick paver patio, and landscaping. The property needed an outdoor room beside the pool and a patio for entertaining off of the guest house.

The landscape designer and team members started by carefully installing a western red cedar pergola near the pool deck. This included large 8 x 8 posts and 2 layers of rafters to provide shade. A custom stain was applied to match existing architectural elements as well.   This created a cool escape from the pool to relax with friends. Coquina stone was installed around the pergola for a beach like feel.

The team continued the Lake Mary, Florida project by carefully installing brick pavers to create a patio near the guest house. Walkways were also installed to provide access to the pool deck and pergola area.

The landscape designer then installed a landscape that complimented the existing oak trees and natural setting of the property. This included azaleas and natural groundcovers. Organic mulch was placed around all plants to hold moisture and reduce weeds. The irrigation system was also renovated to accommodate the new landscape.

With a new landscape design implemented on this Lake Mary, Florida estate the family will enjoy years of entertaining in their backyard.

Robert Burns, FCLD

FNGLA Certified Landscape Designer

Big Box Retailer or Local Landscape Designer?

In a recent Saturday visit to a large home improvement store in Orlando, Florida, I couldn’t help notice a few things. As a landscape designer I’m always curious about quality, plant selection, and overall value for my clients.

Overall most big box retailers in Orlando, Florida initially have a quality product. Once it reaches the store from the nursery, however it’s the daily care that will determine the long-term health. If a large tree or plant sits out in the parking lot baking in the sun, this will stress the plant. It may look good now, but might not transplant well into your landscape design. My company buys from the same nurseries that supply these retailers, however your plants are at the nursery getting the proper care until they are delivered to your jobsite.

Landscape plants especially annuals and perennials have a shelf life. They can’t sit on aisle 3 like a lawn mower for years waiting to be sold. This means that at certain times of year, there are generally plants for sale that will be out of season or will die in the short term. These plants are moved up front to be sold first. There won’t be a sign telling you this.   Having an experienced local landscape designer who knows Orlando, Florida plant material will save money and hassle.

The prices at big box retailers can vary, however it amazes me how plants are sold for. In some cases, for the same price, or 10% more my company can design, deliver, and install a quality landscape design. No spending a whole day driving to 5 stores to get 40 of the same plant.

As a landscape designer my business is helping people achieve their goals with the landscape. This is done by installing a quality product, designed for their property, that will last for years to come.

Robert Burns, FCLD

FNGLA Certified Landscape Designer

A Client in Winter Park Florida Was In Need of Landscape Design and Hardscape Design Ideas for Their Recently Purchased Estate

A client in Winter Park Florida was in need of landscape design and hardscape design ideas for their recently purchased estate. The 1- 1/4-acre property located on Lake Virginia in Winter Park, Florida needed improved brick pavers & drainage, additional landscape material that reflected the owner’s tastes, color accents, and integration of distinctive statues the client had collected over the years.

The BLG team started the Winter Park Florida hardscape design removing and reworking the brick pavers near the street to reduce water running down the driveway. Brick pavers were also removed/reinstalled to allow installation of 300 ft of drainage pipe to efficiently divert water away from the house and reduce erosion.

With the proper hardscape in place the BLG team continued the Winter Park Florida landscape design installing drought tolerant groundcovers, brick paver tiles, and Mexican beach pebbles for a beautiful kitchen court yard. Quality plant material was also installed throughout the property to fill in and give the landscape a full look.

The BLG team continued the landscape design by adding color accents utilizing the existing terra cotta pottery located throughout the estate. Carefully selected flowers and tropicals were grouped together to provide beauty that could be seen from inside and outside the house.

Finally, the team provided a Winter Park Florida hardscape design that included bringing in 15 tons of topsoil and re-grading the side of the property. A retaining wall was installed to raise the elevation and concrete statues were installed to provide the ultimate garden viewable from inside the house. Landscape lighting completed the project to bring these statues to life at night.

If you’re looking for a full-service Winter Park Florida landscape design company that can provide the highest level of quality, workmanship, and attention to detail- give BLG a call today!

Robert Burns, FCLD

FNGLA Certified Landscape Designer

Backyard Design Ideas

A client in Orlando Florida recently constructed a new home in need of backyard design ideas including a paver pool deck, irrigation, landscaping, and outdoor lighting. The Orlando Florida property was in need of privacy, and room for entertaining and enjoying the pool.

The yard designer and their team started by carefully installing limestone pavers and coping around the pool deck. Walkways were also installed to provide access to the house and side lanai.

The team continued the backyard design project installing a drip irrigation system that effectively watered all plants and minimized water run-off. A rain sensor was also installed to conserve water and prevent damage to plants and grass by overwatering.

The yard designer then installed a lush landscape that balanced privacy with color and contrast to create an oasis around the pool. Organic mulch was placed around all plants to hold moisture and reduce weeds along with bermuda sod for green space.

Finally, the backyard design team installed LED landscape lighting on all focal points and walkways to bring the property alive at nighttime gatherings.

With new backyard design ideas implemented on this Orlando Florida property the family will enjoy years of entertaining and artistic enjoyment day and night.

If you have an Orlando Florida home in need of a full-service yard designer call BLG today!

Robert Burns, FCLD

FNGLA Certified Landscape Designer

A Recently Purchased Investment Property in Need of a Landscape Designer

A client in Winter Park, Florida recently purchased an investment property in need of a landscape designer. The existing landscape lacked an irrigation system, curb appeal, and proper access to the busy street.

The Winter Park, Florida landscape designer and his team started by removing unwanted vegetation and existing weeds. The property was graded and brick pavers were installed to provide a wraparound driveway in the front yard and garden pathways in the backyard.

The team continued by providing and implementing an irrigation design that would minimize water runoff and provide 100% coverage to the property. This was accomplished using a Rain-bird irrigation controller, valves, and sprinklers. A rain sensor was also installed to conserve water and prevent damage to plants and grass by overwatering.

Finally, the Winter Park, Florida landscape designer carefully selected and installed low maintenance shrubs and groundcovers to add definition and color. Organic mulch was placed around all plants to hold moisture and reduce weeds. Shade tolerant grass provided the finishing touch on this Winter Park, Florida vacation rental.

Thanks to the Winter Park, Florida landscape designer and his team of professionals this property owner has an eye catching, low maintenance landscape that will provide steady income.

If you have property in need of help or are a real estate investor looking for landscape guidance, call BLG for a free consultation today!

Robert Burns, FCLD

FNGLA Certified Landscape Designer

Backyard Design Ideas and Why It Is Important to Choose a Landscape Designer

A client in Orlando, Florida recently had an existing home under long term renovation. Due to the extended construction and no irrigation for months the majority of the landscape was lost. The property was in need of new backyard design ideas, landscape design, irrigation design, and hardscape design.

The Orlando, Florida landscape design team started by removing all existing weeds, grass, and dead plants. Larger trees and specimens that could be saved were carefully pruned. The landscape designer then utilized new backyard design ideas including incorporating drought tolerant, Florida friendly plant material.

The new backyard design ideas included a new irrigation system to minimize rust staining on the house and walkways. New Hunter Rotors and Rainbird spray heads were installed to provide proper coverage for all grass and shrubs. A new rain sensor was also installed to conserve water and not over water the new landscape.

The backyard design presented a challenge with a drain taking up the majority of the backyard. New hardscape designs utilizing an outdoor deck were installed to better use the space. Dwarf clumping bamboos were provided to soften the area and provide privacy.

Finally, the Orlando, Florida landscape design team provided a final grade of the property and installed drought tolerant, weed free zoysia grass to complete this corner lot landscape conversion.

If the outside of your house is looking dead or you are in need of new backyard design ideas – call BLG for a complimentary consultation today!

Robert Burns, FCLD

FNGLA Certified Landscape Designer

Custom Designed Landscapes With BLG Environmental

A custom home builder in Orlando, Florida had an open neighborhood common area.   The area was in need of landscape design, hardscape design, irrigation design, and landscape lighting.  This would help to make the area enjoyable and inviting for the residents of this Orlando, Dr. Phillips community.

The Orlando landscape design started with the BLG team installing a retaining wall that included seating walls with decorative columns. Textured brick pavers were installed to provide a solid patio and walkway including a natural gas fire-pit for cool nights. The landscape design created an intimate space for residents to relax and enjoy nighttime fireworks from the surrounding theme parks. A cedar pergola covering neighborhood mailboxes was designed and installed nearby for residents to enjoy as well.

The team continued the landscape design by installing a lush landscape that balanced privacy with openness to provide panoramic views of the lake and sunsets.   Colorful shrubs, grasses, and flowers were used to compliment the large palm trees and hardscape elements.

Finally the team installed Alliance LED landscape lighting inside retaining walls & columns, on focal points and walkways to bring this gathering area alive during the night.

Thanks to the BLG team and their landscape design, this unique area will provide years of enjoyment for the residents and their guests!

If you are in need of an Orlando Landscape Design call BLG today!

Robert Burns, FCLD

FNGLA Certified Landscape Designer

7 Reasons to Hire BLG Environmental for Your Yard Design

Your home is your most valuable asset. This is where you watch your kids grow up and host holiday parties. Designing a landscape for your home should be an exciting and creative process. Using an FNGLA Certified Landscape Designer from BLG for your yard design provides a trusted advisor, years of real-world experience in landscape design, creative value-based designs, a team of professional installers, a team who cares about the work they do, excellent day to day management, and a company that stands behind their work and will be there when you need something.

Designing a landscape for your home can be overwhelming with all the decisions to make. Your BLG landscape designer is a helpful resource. Their testing and education through the Florida Nursery, Growers, Landscape Association add a higher level of design including yearly continuing education.

With an average of 19 years of real-world design experience, your yard design is well rounded in all areas including landscape selection, hardscape design, irrigation design, and outdoor LED lighting design.

Your yard design is only as good as the materials behind it. Your landscape designer selects quality products based on your needs and budget that will last. Value is looked at as long-term enjoyment and use of our products.

BLG is committed to designing a landscape for your home that will last. We are a team of professional installers that are hardworking, friendly, and helpful. We all care about your project and it shows in our actions.

In the end, your yard design experience is as good as the day to day management of your job. Your BLG landscape designer and/or project manager is onsite daily to ensure proper adherence to your landscape design.

BLG has been in business over 19 years. Our business is yard design and the majority of our work comes from referrals. We will be here when you need us and look forward to helping you in any way we can!

Robert Burns, FCLD

FNGLA Certified Landscape Designer

5 Things to Know When Hiring a Residential Landscape Designer

With the exterior of your home providing the first impression to friends & family, it’s worth considering having a professional design of your landscape. Hiring a residential landscape designer provides an experienced professional to guide you, ideas based on your local climate, a design based on your budget, materials that work with existing architecture, and a director to see the project through.

You wouldn’t hire someone with no experience to build your home. Hiring a residential landscape designer who has a professional certification including years of full-time design experience provides a wealth of knowledge worth the price of any design.

In this age of the internet and computers, residential landscape design has gone to the cloud. Plant recommendations, whether by online design programs or designers who live in other parts of the country are made not taking into consideration specific weather trends. An Orlando, Florida based residential landscape designer understands cold tolerances and how each neighborhood is affected.

Landscape and hardscape materials can vary greatly in pricing and availability. Having a budget and working a realistic design around this, helps achieve goals in the most efficient manner. An experienced designer has a very good understanding of current market pricing including labor to install the project.

Your home has a theme, so should your landscape design. The goal of a residential landscape designer is to have everything look like that was the way it was supposed to be. Using materials, textures, & colors that go with your home’s architecture inside an out, is the key to a successful landscape.

Your landscape is an ever-changing experience. With time and seasons comes changes in form and texture. An experienced residential landscape designer directs and helps bring all the elements together for a successful landscape. Working together with him or her helps to make your property something truly unique.

Robert Burns, FCLD

FNGLA Certified Landscape Designer