Home Landscape Design Heathrow Florida

A client in Heathrow Florida was in need of home landscape design for their 1-acre estate. They desired a new driveway and walkways, a mature lush landscape, and LED outdoor lighting. They wanted everything to blend well with the existing oaks and architectural features of their home.

The yard designer and their team started by excavating the old driveway. 4,000 square feet of new rustic pavers were carefully installed. This included new walkways to access the backyard & parking areas and filling in flowerbeds that were prone to flooding. Underground drainage was also added to prevent erosion and move water effectively.

The Heathrow Florida home landscape design continued with the installation of mature trees throughout the property to provide a mid-size compliment to the large oak trees. Carefully selected shrubs and groundcover were added to provide contrast and interest. Decorative pottery was also installed near the front door to add color and soften the paver driveway. An edible section was created which included various citrus and fruit trees to aid in fresh juice making. Organic mulch was then placed around all plants to hold moisture and reduce weeds.

Finally, the yard designer installed LED landscape lighting on all focal points including large oaks, architectural home features, and the outdoor pool area to bring the property alive at nighttime gatherings.

With new updated ideas implemented on this home landscape design in Heathrow Florida the family will enjoy years of entertaining and artistic enjoyment day and night.

If you have a Heathrow Florida home in need of a new ideas call BLG today!

Robert Burns, FCLD

FNGLA Certified Landscape Designer

A Backyard Redesign in Lake Mary

A client in Lake Mary Florida had a small backyard and was in need of creating a unique outdoor space. They desired backyard design ideas to create a rustic back drop for family gatherings. A playground area was also needed for their 3 young children.

The landscape designer and their team started by removing the old landscape. The team then divided the backyard design into 3 distinct areas including a stone waterfall & landscape, green space, and a playground. Large boulders were then installed to raise the flowerbed and a custom stone waterfall was constructed to provide a stunning focal point from all angles. This also provided a calming sound that could be heard in the house when the back doors were open on cool days. Rustic plantings were added including holly trees, junipers, ornamental grasses, and a dash of seasonal color.

The team then incorporated a green space for play days. This included new sod and irrigation to keep things looking great. The rest of the backyard design was completed with the addition of a good size playground space. This was comprised of playground cypress chips, swing set with a 2-story cedar fort, and a super-fast slide.

Finally, the landscape designer strategically placed LED landscape lighting throughout the backyard design. This included highlighting the waterfall and trees for an incredible view from inside the house. This created an extension of the home into the backyard at night. Lighting was also added into the playground fort so the kids could play day and night.

If you have a Lake Mary Florida home in need of new backyard design ideas call BLG today!

Robert Burns, FCLD

FNGLA Certified Landscape Designer

An Orlando Home Designed With New Landscape Ideas

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

The yard designer and their team started by carefully excavating soil and installing a decorative retaining wall. This provided more seating and deck space. Travertine stone pavers were then installed to expand the existing deck and provide more room for guests.

The BLG team then installed clumping bamboo that provided instand privacy with softness to balance the hardscape. Organic mulch was placed around all plants to hold moisture and reduce weeds. Drip irrigation was then installed to ensure hydration to all plants.

Finally, the backyard design team installed LED landscape lighting on all focal points including deck lights inside the retaining wall to bring the property alive at nighttime gatherings.

With new design ideas implemented on this home landscape design 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 more entertaining space call BLG today!

Robert Burns, FCLD

FNGLA Certified Landscape Designer

Back Yard Home Hardscape Design and Landscape Design

A client in Orlando, Florida recently was building a new home and was in need of back yard home hardscape design and landscape design. The property had a small footprint that needed sophistication and interest to be created. This would provide an inviting back drop for family events and entertaining.

The hardscape designer and their team started by carefully installing a retaining wall to create more usable space. A decorative fireplace was then installed to provide a unique hardscape focal point for this Orlando, Florida home. Rustic pavers were installed on the lanai, walkways, and patio. Flagstone stepping stones and brown river rock were utilized for a natural walkway to an outdoor seating area.

The team finished the hardscape design project installing an aluminum trellis with decorative pottery on an existing wall. This included colorful bougainvillea and standard roses. This home hardscape element outside the kitchen window brought a smile to the homeowner and visual interest for her guests.

A landscape design was then created and installed that provided an instant sense of being in a garden. This included large trees & palms to provide privacy and balance with the large fireplace. Groundcover and perennials were added for softness. Finally, the hardscape design team installed LED landscape lighting for all trees & focal points. This created visual interest from inside the house at night.

With a unique home hardscape design implemented on this Orlando Florida home, the family has created an outside room that look like it has always been there.

If you have an Orlando, Florida home in need of a landscape & hardscape designer call BLG today!

Robert Burns, FCLD

FNGLA Certified Landscape Designer

Bamboo Landscape Design For Instant Privacy In a Tight Area

A longtime client in Winter Park, Florida was in need of landscape design and irrigation design for their home. A new 2 story home was being built next door and would provide the new neighbors an unobstructed view into their pool area.

A landscape design solution was needed that would provide instant privacy in a tight area. After careful consideration clumping bamboo was recommended and the BLG team located and secured beautiful blue bamboo measuring over 25 feet!

The BLG landscape design team upon delivery of these giants physically moved them into backyard with no machinery because of access issues. After careful planting, drip irrigation was installed to promote vigorous growth and ensure long-term privacy. The client in Winter Park, Florida was thrilled and can now enjoy their pool and outdoor areas in peace!

If you long for privacy in your Winter Park, Florida backyard and are tired of watching your neighbor’s TV from inside your house call BLG for a free consultation today!

Robert Burns, FCLD

FNGLA Certified Landscape Designer

What is FNGLA and Why it is Important

I recently spent a day helping with a FNGLA event and reflected on how this organization helps the green industry in our state. The FNGLA brings professionalism to the landscape industry, continued training and education, and promotes the future of the industry.

FNGLA stands for Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association (www.fngla.org). It is the state’s oldest nursery and landscape association forming in 1952. The association works to better the landscape industry and offers over 6 different certifications including FNGLA Certified Landscape Designer (FCLD). Study, devotion, & knowledge is required to pass the necessary exams. This includes physical demonstration of your abilities in regards to the specific certification. These professional designations help to raise the bar on the industry and add clarity to the public on who a professional really is.

All designations require continuing education units (CEUs) to maintain the certification. This requires members to grow and learn by attending educational seminars and training related to the landscape industry. This also helps members to remain connected to the industry and aware of any new efficiencies created.

The horticulture industry generates billions in revenue and directly employs hundreds of thousands in Florida. The FNGLA strives to communicate the importance of the environmental horticulture industry in our state. Through the commitment of its members to learn and be good stewards, this creates a group of professionals devoted to protecting our state’s resources. Opportunities and jobs are also created for today’s youth and new members to the green industry.

Robert Burns, FCLD

FNGLA Certified Landscape Designer

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