Landscapes will not thrive properly without irrigation! From the point of installation to the required ongoing irrigation maintenance, our team ensures that every piece of your particular landscape puzzle receives the care and concern it deserves.
We offer the latest in low volume or drip type irrigation systems to save water and place irrigation where it is needed; on the plant roots. However, you may be wondering, what system is best for you? There are four popular types of landscape irrigation to choose from. Discover the irrigation system that’s best for your landscape!
Looking for an irrigation system that waters only as needed? The micro-irrigation waters the plants directly at their roots. This is perfect for small fruit trees, shrubbery, and groundcover. It is not recommended for lawns or turf.
Be aware that the tubing may be damaged by cold temperatures, vandalism, and dirt.
Perhaps you need a system that generously waters plants, trees, and other foliage. If so, you may want to consider a flood system. This system floods the ground rather than spraying plants. It comes as a jet system, bed sprayer, or bubbler, making it perfect for ground covers, fruit trees, and roses.
It’s worth it to note that due to the flooding system, this irrigation requires an abundant amount of water and may cause erosion.
Looking for an irrigation system that will cover the entire yard? Allow us to introduce you to the rotary sprinkler. With a spray head that rotates in a circle, the rotary sprinkler can cover an area as far as 100 feet with the sprayer. This is ideal for turf or a wide landscape.
The only con is that due to the space it covers, the water pressure must be reasonably high. There are some cases in which the rotating head may stick, so the sprinkler requires regular checks.
Spray Irrigation System
One of the most traditional irrigation systems is the spray irrigation system. Using a traditional sprinkler head, the pop-up head assists with watering the lawn and performs well even with low pressure.
One of the best reasons to choose a spray irrigation system? They’re incredibly adjustable and can span anywhere from one to 15 feet.
Like most things, it’s not completely perfect. The sprinkler head may need to be replaced due to the minerals in the water. Spray irrigation systems also lack the precision of other irrigation systems and, as a result, can waste water.
Leave the Green to the Professionals
Ensure a green lawn and luscious landscape with professional irrigation from your friends at Blue Landscape Contracting Group. Give us a call at 239-566-BLUE and our experienced team will transform your landscape into an oasis!
If you’re not sure where to start or would just like a professional to build and maintain the perfect landscape, call us today! Blue Landscape Contracting Group specializes in designing and installing custom landscapes for homes and businesses across southwest Florida. From irrigation and maintenance, to design and build, our team does it all! Remember, you can’t go green in southwest Florida without Blue!
Planting a mango tree isn’t difficult when you have the right tools. Mangos get a bad rap for being fragile when really, that’s not the case. Once you have a solid foundation planted in a warm spot, the hard part is done! Mango trees thrive best in the warmest environments. That means that Florida is one of the best places to grow mangos.
Stop by your local home improvement store. You’ll want to start with by choosing the right nursery tree. Use your best judgment when choosing. Don’t pick branches that are sagging or “look sad”. Instead, pick the nursery tree that is standing upright.
Pick out a few pot sizes while you’re there. Pot size is important! You want your nursery tree to develop strong roots.
Choose the perfect location. After caring for your nursery tree for several weeks, you can determine if the mango tree is ready to be planted.
When planting, you’ll want to consider three things:
- Rain/Flooding areas
- Warmest area
- Large open space for the tree to grow
The most important aspect of choosing a location to plant your mango tree is to think about the Florida weather. Heavy rains and flooding can damage it. That’s why it’s best to choose the warmest, driest location in your yard.
Give your mango tree an endless amount of TLC! You can never go wrong by giving some tender, love, and care. Take care of your tree daily.
- Watering the tree when necessary without drowning
- Pour fertilizer occasionally
- Protect the trunk from injuries, especially when cutting the lawn
- Nip fungus in the bud with simple antifungal solutions!
Following these simple steps will help you in growing a fruitful, and lasting mango tree.
Planting Your Mango Tree: Let Us Do the Heavy Lifting
We understand that planting any tree can be intimidating for a beginning gardener. Don’t worry because we’re here to help. We combine our years of expertise to bring our clients the best, most reliable services in the market. We also offer landscape maintenance services. Call us to help you care for your mango tree!
Our favorite patio ideas will change your summer!
We’ve spent hours compiling our top ideas for your enjoyment. This summer will be the best you’ve had.
Catch fire this summer with these lit ideas!
All you’ll need for this idea is a tabletop and a metal drink bucket. For a permanent table, you can gorilla glue the top to the bucket.
We recommend using the bucket as storage for pillows or tableware that needs to be protected from the weather.
Remember to choose a weather-resistant tabletop!
Cinder Block Bench
This is a cute, quick idea that’ll give you just the spot for a lovely summer read.
Cinder blocks stacked into two piles with wooden pillars poking through makes for the perfect bench. If you want a little extra support, you can place another pile in the middle of your bench.
Spray paint the blocks and wood different colors, and don’t forget to toss in a few soft pillows for the perfect bench experience.
These benches easily weather the seasons. You’ll want to choose a durable wood. If not, you can stain the wood to prevent water from seeping in.
Many people are familiar with string lighting. String lights are perfect for patios. But they’re becoming more and more overused. Is there anything more interesting for lighting besides string lights?
Before you settle on your local store’s set of string lights, consider your options. You can easily purchase a handful of empty lanterns. Fill them with string LED lights, pine cones, and a clipping of pine tree.
A set of ten around your patio table will light up the area and give off a mystical effect.
Let’s Go to the Movies!
That’s right, it’s showtime!
Turn your backyard into a makeshift drive-in. This is a party favorite, and it’s certain to have all the neighborhood kids reeling!
The best part about this idea is that it is incredibly simple to put together and disassemble. All you need is a white sheet, a few strings, and something to tie it to. Some use trees, but if you’ve got a treeless backyard, two wooden posts would do the trick!
At the end of the night, just take the screen down.
Your Friendly Neighbors
Don’t forget that we’re here to help!
Our years of experience in landscaping–construction and maintenance–have helped so many of our clients expand their backyards into absolute dreams. We’re only a phone call away (239) 566-BLUE!
Pulling off the perfect, magical secret garden isn’t as hard as you might think. In modern society, we’re faced with the anxieties of technology, road rage, construction, and delays. That’s why coming home to luscious greenery is so incredibly important.
A secret garden will give you the perfect little patch of tranquility to kick back and relax—the way recharging should be.
So, how do you pull off said garden? Hop aboard this magic train because we’re off to gardening land.
Step One: Keeping Your Secret Garden a Secret
Keeping your garden a secret seems like an easy step until your gorgeous garden is sprouting mesmerizing colors during the Spring. You’ll want to show them off!
It’s important to keep your secret garden a secret because it helps to keep the magic of imagination alive. After all, the biggest element of magic is the mystery of the unknown. If everyone knows about your garden, then it won’t be a secret.
Maybe you let the secret slip….no worries! If you’re in need of more magic for your magical secret garden than look no further, we’ve got the perfect solution.
Up the Ante with a Wooden Door
Access to your magical little land will only be possible with a key. Old, rustic wooden doors are perfect for enclosing your garden space. The natural wood blends nicely with the surrounding hedges and plants. Other doors can allow artsier designs like iron gates.
Wooden doors can be tailored to your liking. Get as creative as you like! Woodwork allows for lovely artwork and whimsical trimmings.
Need an idea?
A popular wood DIY door trending through Pinterest is a wooden, woven door. It looks just like it sounds. Picture a woven basket, instead of a basket, wood has been woven into a door.
Hedges or stonewalls can also be installed for privacy.
Tall hedges will block out the prying eyes of nosy neighbors. The best part is that hedges grow naturally, so you won’t have to invest in a boring chain link fence!
All you’ll need is a little hedge trimming every once in awhile to maintain a clean-cut appearance. But even so, some choose to let their hedges grow wildly!
The options are endless. You don’t have to choose hedges for fencing. Well-watered ferns or palm trees are fantastic alternatives for lining a pathway or using as privacy barriers.
Step Two: Make a Winding Pathway
It’s no fun to have a secret garden that isn’t a bit of an adventure to get to. Leave room for a winding, grassy pathway!
Align your pathway with knee-high flower bushes and you’re in for a real treat. You’ll be walking through a complete wonderland of colors and delicious smells during the summer.
Kick it up a notch and line your pathway with garden stones or flowers for an extra pop of color!
Wooden Arch Bridge
For the over-achieving gardener, install a wooden arch bridge with a small body of water beneath.
Wooden arch bridges are mystical enough in shape, but placing them in your garden can add a fairytale-like touch.
Step Three: Adding Water
How about a Koi pond?
A Koi pond would be perfect scenery for anyone standing on a wooden bridge, looking below. Spending the evening watching Koi fish dance throughout the water is both relaxing and entertaining.
Water lilies or floating lotus flowers are stunning in Koi ponds. Their bright colors blend amazingly with the bright Koi fish scales. The best part is that water flowers, with the right care, are totally easy to maintain.
Step Four: Statues
Here’s the cherry on top of this magical sundae!
Whimsical statues transform your everyday garden into something better! Different statue designs introduce mysticism and artistry to your garden. So you can create whatever tone you wish whether that be storybook or eerie.
Let’s Get Building!
We’ll work with you to help you pull off the perfect garden. We work alongside highly experienced Architects and Designers to build your ideal image.
Our landscape construction services aim to impress, so you can enjoy your landscape every weekend. Escape your mundane…your secret garden is only a phone call away; give us a call at (239) 556-BLUE!
What is hardscaping? While it is often associated with landscaping, hardscaping is a different service centered on the design and placement of inanimate elements of your landscape. Think about the non-organic pieces that make your backyard or business both aesthetic and functional:
- Retaining walls
These all fall into the category of hardscaping. Whether you’re constructing a residential or commercial landscape, hardscaping is often an essential attribute. It helps define how the area is used while accentuating its natural appeal.
Types of Hardscaping
When we ask “what is hardscaping”, the truth is that the practice is a bit more complex than a single definition. There are different types of hardscaping, including soft hardscapes, living hardscapes, and mixed hardscapes:
- A soft hardscape uses natural materials. While not alive, the materials used to create different elements comes from natural sources. This includes stone and sand.
- A living hardscape combine living elements, such as flowers and plants, with non-living elements. An example of this would be filling in the space between the stones of a path with organic moss.
- Mixed hardscapes use a blend of natural and unnatural materials. Some hardscapers get very creative with this method, recycling materials such as old bottle caps or glass to create a fresh, new look to their landscape.
What to Consider When Hardscaping
Just like landscaping, there is a lot of thought that goes into designing a hardscape before you physically start to create it. Beyond deciding on what elements you want (stepping stones, patio, etc.), you have to think about the functionality, durability, and practicality of your design.
Are you using a strong foundation?
Is your hardscaping compatible with your landscaping?
Does it match your landscaping design?
Using the wrong materials or not considering important details like drainage can lead to disastrous results. That’s why it’s important to remember that whatever you install should be installed right, and with respect to the nature that exists around it.
If you aren’t familiar with the type of plants, flowers, and trees that thrive best in your area, or how hardscaping elements affect your landscape, you’ll want to consult a professional. While creating an appealing ambiance is important, you have to make sure that your chosen design coexists well with the living elements, too.
Consult Blue Landscaping for Your Next Hardscaping Job
Whether you’re a business or a homeowner, Blue Landscaping and Contracting Group includes Blue Outdoor Solutions: a hardscaping service who knows the in’s and out’s of hardscaping design and installation.
We’ll listen closely to your ideas and create an attractive, long-lasting hardscape design that brings your landscape to life. If you live in Naples, Marco Island, Bonita Springs, or Estero, talk to us about our services. You’ll love the transformation we create.
Did you know there are 10.4 million privately owned pools in the USA alone?
Are you one of the lucky ones that has one?
Many who have their own backyard swimming pool install it, use it a few times over the summer, and then forget about it. But with a little bit of imagination, you can turn your backyard pool area into a tropical-looking paradise for you to enjoy all year round.
Keep reading for five swimming pool landscaping tips that’ll turn your pool area into a lush oasis.
1. Pick Your Swimming Pool Landscaping Theme
Get your creative juices flowing and design your own tropical poolside haven!
You don’t have to be an artist. Just get a blank sheet of paper and a pencil, draw the perimeter of your garden, and the outline of your pool, then start outlining a rough idea of what you want it to look like. If you’re stuck, you can get loads of inspiration from websites like Pinterest.
When designing, remember to keep things as natural as possible. Stone borders and wooden decking are great accents that can also serve a functional purpose.
Try to keep most of the plants located near the pool in pots. Other bedded plants need to be planted further away to reduce mini mudslides! Also, don’t overdo it and over-clutter your space. Less is always more when it comes to accenting a space!
2. Pretty and Practical
The reason you installed a pool was to have a private retreat to relax in, so design with upkeep in mind. You don’t want to be spending all your free time trimming, pruning, and fertilizing your pool area, especially if some areas are hard to reach.
Keep it simple and select your plants wisely. For example, it you select smaller plants that won’t grow extensively, it will cut back on your pruning needs. Also, try to choose plants that are indigenous to your area and can adapt to your climate.
Remember that over the years certain trees and plants with invasive roots can cause damage to your pools structure and its plumbing system. Do your research before you plant, and you’ll save in additional work and expenses in the long run.
3. Less Cleaning, More Swimming!
Another important factor to keep in mind when choosing which plants to install near your pool is how often it sheds. Remember, deciduous plants shed their leaves annually while evergreen plants keep their leaves year round.
Some fruit and flower bearing trees and shrubs are absolute beauties but can make a huge mess. Leaves, fruits, flowers, nuts, and needles falling into your pool on a regular basis can lead to a lot of extra work for you or your pool cleaner.
4. The Secret Garden
Privacy is extremely important. Your pool should be a private and secluded place, without nosy neighbors looking in. Having a privacy screen of some sort isn’t just practical, it can be a cool design statement or pretty garden feature.
Options vary from wooden fences, bamboo screens, evergreen hedges, trellises and even curtains!
5. The Finishing Touches
Swimming pool landscaping isn’t just about plants and pathways. Lighting is important too. If you want your pool to be a lush oasis both day and night, lighting is key to creating an illuminated escape.
String lights hung in trees or around the pool can add the perfect ambiance to romantic evenings.
Tiki torches add an island vibe to your garden and are great for pool parties!
Looking for an energy saving alternative? Solar lights are a great investment. Make sure they get direct sunlight during the day so they shine brightly throughout the night.
Other finishing touches include getting the right poolside furniture. Always match your theme! For example, white plastic sunbeds would ruin a rustic or tropical design. Instead, you would want to go for wooden sun loungers or even hammocks!
Design Your Swimming Pool Landscaping Right!
If you follow these useful tips, you’ll be able to enjoy your paradise-like oasis all year round. However, swimming pool landscaping isn’t like designing a general garden. It takes both time and forethought to get it right.
If it all seems a bit too much to take on, don’t fret! Blue Landscaping and Contracting Group is here to help! With our skills and experience, we can take your dream project from the drawing board to completion!
Check out our services page for more information.
If you’ve ever driven down a street at night and noticed a beautiful home lit up, then you’ve experienced the magic that is landscape lighting.
This style of outdoor lighting gives your home an extra edge. Plus, it creates a sense of luxury that you can’t achieve in any other way.
However, it could be that you’re not entirely convinced that it’s right for you. After all, there are a lot of different lighting trends to keep up with. Should you really bother?
Keep reading to learn how this kind of outdoor lighting can liven up your home.
Safer Walkways and Stairs
Landscape lighting is one of the best ways to make your home safer.
When it’s dark outside, you risk stumbling down your walkway stairs. With the right lights, you’ll never have to worry about tripping. It’s a beneficial addition to any kind of home.
Increases Home Value
Not only does outdoor lighting make your home safer, but also increases the selling value of your home. It brings cohesion to the house’s exterior and makes the house look more expensive.
These factors make your home more appealing to potential buyers, which, in turn, can raise its value.
If you’re looking to sell sometime in the future, take advantage of the benefits that outdoor lighting can give you.
Gives Extra Curb Appeal
Extra outdoor lighting also gives your home more appeal in a general sense.
Even if you’re not looking to sell, you want a home that stands out and looks beautiful. Outdoor lighting does just that.
This way, you’re giving your home its own personal spotlight. It lets you show off all of the hard work you’ve put into your house. All that beauty doesn’t get missed even in the darkest of nights.
Complements Your Garden
Outdoor lighting goes incredibly well with beloved gardens. It’s another way to show strangers and family alike that your garden is special and means something to you.
The nice thing is that the different kinds of outdoor lighting can be easily hidden amongst your plants. Plus, it can be done in a way that will not harm them at all.
This way of hiding the lamps lets you have the benefits of landscape lighting without breaking up your home’s outdoor aesthetic.
Landscape Lighting Makes Any House Look Special
Outdoor lighting that has been set up in an artistic way is like the finishing icing on a beautiful cake. It enhances the beauty of your home while adding a sense of luxury. You can even mix and match different types of lighting to create special effects.
If you’re to add a special touch to your home, landscape lighting is the way to go.
Looking to get started? Contact us for more information!
Getting ready to sell your home?
Looking for ways to improve the value of your property?
If you’re getting ready to put your home on the market, it’s important that you do everything you can to raise its value first.
Hiring out professional landscaping services can be one of the best ways to improve the value of your home quickly and help your home sell faster. In fact, research shows that landscaping can boost a home’s value by up to 12%.
Interested in learning more? Keep reading below to learn about the 4 ways landscaping services add value to your home
Boosts Curb Appeal
Whether you want to accept it or not, first impressions matter. A home that looks great on the outside will stand out to buyers and convince more of them to inquire about your home. As a result, boosting your home’s curb appeal can give you more options and help you find a buyer more quickly.
A home with great curb appeal will also sell for a higher amount. By making the right changes to your home, landscaping professionals can help give your property an inviting appearance which will enable potential buyers to better picture themselves living in your home.
By simply adding more plants, trees, and flower beds as well as walkways, paths, and appropriate outdoor lighting, your home value will increase more than you may think.
Brings the Design Together
It’s important that the style of your home and your landscaping comes together in a cohesive way. If your garden, lawn, trees, or other yard features leave an unusual or jarring impression on viewers it may lower the home’s value.
It’s important that your home’s architecture blends well with your yard and garden areas. For example, to match the aesthetic of a Victorian-style home you would be much better off matching it with a cottage or country-style landscape rather than a Japanese garden.
It’s important that the tone of your home is consistent and the buyer knows exactly what to think of it. A buyer needs to able to get a good feel for a place. By making sure your landscape looks great and meshes well with your house, your property will seem all the more enticing.
Adds Color and Texture
Landscaping services are also important because they can add a lot of color and texture to your home and yard. Through landscaping, you can add a greater variety of plants and colors to your property, helping it to stand out from other homes on the market.
Ornamental grasses and native plants can have a large effect on a property’s worth. The addition of trees can also go a long way in increasing the value of your home.
The combination of all these elements together creates an excellent amount of variety that can make your home incredibly appealing to potential buyers.
The right landscaping can increase the sophistication of your home by leaps and bounds.
While you may have a very simple, comfortable home that you’re putting on the real estate market, the right landscaping can make your home appear to be a luxurious choice. Home buyers will be willing to pay more for the property and they may believe that they’re getting a steal!
Intricate plant designs, adjoining flower beds with curved bed lines, and intricate plant designs can all help to create a sense of elegance. These additions to your home can help more than you may believe with a buyer who is in the market for a sophisticated home.
Raise Your Home Value with Landscaping Services
There is no denying the importance of landscaping if you’re looking to improve your home’s value before selling. By hiring landscaping services, you’ll be making an investment that will be worthwhile.
Need landscaping done in Florida? Contact us today to see what Blue Landscape Contracting Group can do for you.
Grass doesn’t have to refer to a lawn. Ornamental grasses, those tall, graceful plants that ripple in a summer breeze, add texture and color to your gardens.
These grass plants grow under a range of conditions. Check each grass before planting, but many like sunny positions in moist soil.
Read on to discover 12 grasses that can improve your landscaping.
This soft grass plant forms mounds. It works well with bold plants like lavender or hydrangea.
Mix and match fountaingrass with tall, upright grass plants like switchgrass for interesting textures.
Allergic to bee stings? Choose grasses that don’t bloom since they won’t attract bees.
Maidengrass is a great option. Plant it around hardscaping areas to soften the effect. It’s great for adding interest to swimming pool edges.
3. Golden Sedge
Mix frothy, soft grasses with tidy hedges like boxwood. The combination of tight grasses and clipped hedges works well in knot gardens.
4. Blue Fescue
Not all grass plants give huge bouquets of grass. Smaller varieties, like blue fescue, make excellent border plants. Plant them close together in a line to edge a flower bed.
5. Purple Millet
Want something a little more structural? Purple Millet combines burgundy foliage with fuzzy purple spikes.
They’re great for attracting birds and they’re also very tough annual plants.
6. Feather Reedgrass
Do you have a vegetable garden? Add grasses that form clumps to add interest to your vegetables.
Feather reedgrass looks majestic against leafy plants like eggplants or kale.
Do you have a pond or stream in your garden? Cordgrass could be a good choice.
Native to North America, it loves moist and wet soils. It’s great for growing alongside water.
Want to cover a boring view? Tallgrass plants like bluestem make an ideal screen.
Just remember you need to cut grasses back in spring. You’ll lose your screen for a couple of months.
But they’ll look great in the fall with their seed heads and fall colors.
The fluffy plumes of switchgrass make this a great plant for sunny or partly shaded areas.
Plant the Dallas Blues variety for amazing fall shades of red and gold.
It’s native to North America so it’s also a good for wildlife.
10. Blue Oat Grass
This plant is perfect for smaller gardens. It grows in mounds, making it a good candidate for containers. Blue oat grass won’t take over the garden.
11. Japanese Forestgrass
Does your garden have shady corners that you want to brighten up? The bright foliage of Japanese Forestgrass might be a good choice.
It likes partial shade and its low height makes it the perfect option for edges and borders.
12. Ravenna Grass
Want a plant that grows fast and acts as a natural screen? The tall plumes of Ravenna grass might be the best option for you.
It can top 10 feet and looks beautiful in the fall.
These Grass Plants Can Boost the Beauty of Your Garden.
Check the growing conditions in your garden before you start adding new plants. You’ll enjoy them for longer if you plant them in a spot they’ll love.
Looking for help planting and maintaining these beautiful additions to your garden? Contact us to learn how Blue Landscaping and Blue Outdoor Solutions can help.
When trying to draw customers into a retail setting, we don’t often think of using our landscape as marketing. However, your outdoor environment can have a direct impact on luring potential customers and clients through your doors.
Sometimes it’s a subtle touch, while others may be a true outdoor experience. So long as you create an attractive environment, good landscaping (and hardscaping) can bring new customers to your brick and mortar location. Find out how below!
Create a Usable Environment
Often, we associate landscaping with aesthetic flowers, lush greenery, and other beautifying elements. Yet it’s so much more than that! In an age where convenience has made shopping online the go-to over purchasing in-store, you need to give people a reason to get out of the house and into your business.
Landscaping can be designed as an outdoor environment where a crowd can gather, socialize, participate in events, or enjoy a meal. By creating an attractive landscape with benches, tables, or a fountain where people can sit and enjoy the view, you make your storefront a place to go and gather.
“So what?” you may ask. “Just because they gather in front of my store doesn’t mean they’ll come inside.”
This is where a little bit of creative marketing goes a long way. From subtle invitations (such as opening your store doors) to using your outdoor environment for special events and promoting sales, you can really up your daily profit by engaging the crowd your landscape draws in.
Don’t Let Your Landscape Hide Your Business
One of the biggest mistakes retail fronts make is installing a landscape design and then letting it grow out of proportion, hiding their business from those driving by. If it’s been awhile since you’ve invested in your landscape, take a step outside and view your business from the street or parking lot.
Is your sign visible?
Do your trees overtake your storefront?
Can people see who you are and that you exist as they’re passing by?
If you find your landscape is working against you, contact a company like Blue Landscaping to help you modify your current installation or create a new one that draws attention to your business—not away from it. When selecting trees, aim for those with skinny trunks that aren’t prone to outgrowing their designated area. Your landscape should compliment your location, not overtake it!
Exotic plants are surprisingly effective when drawing in foot traffic. Especially in Florida where tourists and snowbirds are seeking that “tropical experience.” Make your storefront an attractive place to be, and curiosity will draw people in.
Also, don’t be afraid to get into the holiday spirit. Decorate for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other festive holidays, and plan sales and events along with it. You’d be surprised how effective it can be!
Blue Landscaping and Blue Outdoor Solutions is a landscaping and hardscaping company located in Southwest Florida. Their service areas include Marco Island, Naples, Bonita Springs, and Estero. To learn more about their services, call 239-566-BLUE.