Choosing a landscaping company for your HOA

HOA Landscaping

Choosing a landscaping company for your HOA. Grasshoppers, serving Orlando FL explains how to choose a landscaping company for your HOA.The right landscaping can help boost property values and keep your HOA community satisfied, but it’s often tough without the help of the right HOA landscaping company. This is why we at Grasshoppers are offering tips as we approach summer.

Unrivaled Plant Knowledge

When you work with a landscaping company, you get unrivaled knowledge of trees, plants, and grass. They know which plants are native to the area, which can withstand the temperatures, and which work well together.

Hardscaping Design

Hardscaping involves strategically placing gravel, bricks, and pebbles among greenery. Think retaining walls, walkways, firepits, and stone seating areas. Other options include ponds and water features. Combining plant life with hardscaping will add depth and layers to your landscape as well as boost its overall visual appeal.

Landscaping Plans

HOA landscaping contractors understand that HOAs have limited budgets. They not only stick to the budget, but they also work from a plan. If your community is focusing on mostly upkeep, they’ll provide year-round maintenance. If you regularly change out flower beds as the seasons change, they’ll design and install your flower beds as well.

Irrigation Services

Lawn care is more complex than it may seem. Landscaping contractors also take into account irrigation, fertilizer, weed control, and pest control for lawns. They’ll monitor for signs of disease or damage and treat them accordingly before they impact the entire yard.

HOA Landscaping Services

A well-sculpted and manicured lawn allows you to be proud of your community and it leaves a good impression. Hiring a professional landscaping company to care for it will save you time, give you peace of mind, and boost your curb appeal.

If you run a homeowner’s association (HOA), you know how strict the requirements are for the community. When you want to make sure your community is taken care of, contact the team at Grasshoppers. We proudly provide HOA landscaping services throughout the Orlando FL area. Contact us today to request an estimate and see how we can help your HOA community thrive!

Spring Cleaning your Florida Landscape

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Perennials in landscape. Grasshoppers, serving Orlando FL explains how to spring clean your Florida landscape.Spring means new beginnings, renewal, and growth–a great time to prepare your landscaping for planting. While we only experience mild winters in the Orlando area, it’s important to prime your landscape for summer. But what should you focus on? We at Grasshoppers are offering some outdoor spring cleaning tips below.

1. Prune

Some plants benefit from being pruned in spring, while others benefit from being pruned in fall. Prune dead, diseased, and damaged foliage.

2. Cut Back Perennials

Perennials are plants that regrow each spring. If they’ve started to take over your landscape, you’ll want to give them a trim to allow for growth. Don’t be afraid to trim them down to the base.

3. Remove Fallen Branches & Debris

After pruning and trimming is complete, take time to remove branches and debris. Dead foliage can block growth. Removing it from your landscape will not only help tidy it up but also promote growth once the temperature warms up.

4. Replace Damaged Plants

After removing dead flora, you can replace them with new plants for the season. Do your research and make sure you’re choosing plants that are appropriate for the area you’ll be planting them in–whether in the sun or shade.

5. Mulch

Next, it’s time to apply mulch. Mulch helps keep your plants cool and moist, which is especially important in our Central Florida climate. Plus, it looks great and keeps weeds at bay. It’s a good idea to remove your old mulch before applying new mulch because too much of it can attract pests. Also, keep the depth of your mulch to 2 to 3 inches.

6. Check Sprinkler System

Spring is also a good time to ensure your sprinkler system is working properly. Check your rain shut-off device and make sure it works correctly. Then, turn on your sprinklers and walk through each zone, checking that filters and emitters aren’t clogged. This is also a good time to calibrate your sprinkler system to ensure each zone is getting an adequate amount of water.

Licensed Landscapers in Orlando FL

Spring cleaning your landscape is a great way to boost your curb appeal and make a positive impression. If you’re seeking a commercial landscaping company to handle your spring cleaning, turn to Grasshoppers. We proudly serve businesses and HOA communities throughout the greater Orlando Florida area. We offer tree care, lawn care, landscape design, flower bed installation, irrigation services, and more. Give us a call today for your personalized quote!

Crepe Myrtle Trimming

Properly pruned crepe myrtles. Grasshoppers, serving Orlando FL and Longwood FL talks about proper crepe myrtle trimming.

Bloomed crape myrtle. Grasshoppers serving Orlando FL and Longwood FL talks about crepe myrtle pruning.Crepe myrtles are great for when you want to incorporate greenery into your landscape without taking too much space. These shrubs love hot climates and produce beautiful, vibrant pink flowers when they bloom–when pruned properly that is.

All too often we see crepe myrtles that have been severely butchered, destroying them of any chances to reach their full potential. This results in ugly stumps and weakened branches. This improper pruning technique is so widespread that it has been coined, “crepe Murder” but why do people continue to do it?

The most common reason people top crepe myrtles is because they’ve outgrown their space. If your crepe myrtle is too large, it’s better to replace it then it is to mutilate it. Then, make a wiser selection next time. Read the label on the plant so you can learn about its size range.

Downsides of Crepe Murder

While many people think crepe murder is benefitting their tree, it isn’t. In fact, it’s doing the entirely opposite. Below are some downsides to chopping crepe myrtles down to nubs.

  • Unattractiveness: severely cut crepe myrtles are left looking like sticks
  • Weak branches: severely cut branches will grow thinner and weaker, then won’t be able to support their blooms
  • Stress: severe pruning will put the tree under tremendous stress, making it more susceptible to pests and diseases
  • Uncontrolled growth: severe pruning of a crepe myrtle may result in bushy growth

The Correct Way to Prune a Crepe Myrtle

Now that you know why you shouldn’t perform “crepe Murder” here are some tips to correcly prune your crepe myrtle.

  • The main objective to pruning a crepe myrtle is to maintain its natural vase-like form so that it can grow strong branches to support its flowers
  • To keep crepe myrtles looking full, you will want to prune them in early spring, before breaking dormancy
  • Remove crossed, diseases, or damaged branches
  • Cut unwanted branches before they get thicker than a pencil
  • Prune the tips of branches to remove old flowers

Professional Crepe Myrtle Trimming

Whenever you have questions about pruning, selection, or removal of trees for your commercial property, contact Grasshoppers, serving Orlando FL and Longwood FL. We have ISA Certified Arborists on our team that will happily provide you with guidance.

Top Benefits of Landscaping Your Business

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Grasshoppers Commercial Landscaping Portfolio in Orlando FL & Longwood FLIf you own a business, you know that time is money, and taking care of your own landscaping is a huge undertaking, especially if you have a large property. There are trees to prune, grass to mow, sprinklers to manage, and flowers to take care of. These examples alone are perfect reasons to hire a landscaping company to maintain your business. But that is just the tip of the iceberg, having a properly manicured lawn also comes with other benefits.

1. Curb Appeal

Never underestimate the power of curb appeal. The exterior of your building and the landscaping are the first things people see after all! Beautiful, well-kept looking landscaping may influence and attract potential buyers, thus increase more sales, while unmanaged eyesores may turn people in the other direction.

By beautifying your landscaping, you’re also showing customers that your business cares about its image.

2. Help Increase Your Property Value

Attractive and well-maintained landscaping can also provide you with a high return on investment as good landscaping help increase property values.

3. Support Sustainability

A great way to support sustainability in your community is to go green. Consider planting native trees and plants on your property or installing drainage systems to properly channel stormwater.

Plants and trees are great for the environment. They can filter out dust and pollutants from the air and help lower your heating and cooling costs. Trees are also attractive and can help make your business more appealing to customers. In fact, one study found trees highly influence consumer perceptions and behaviors.

4. Improve Safety

It’s important that you, your customers, and staff feel safe at your business. Keep in mind, trees can get sick and flower beds can be harborages for rodents and insects. Landscapers can diagnose plant diseases and provide pest control services on properties. They can also spot weak branches and prune them before they become safety issues. Not only that, landscapers will also ensure your walkways are in good condition as most companies also provide hardscaping services.

Lighting is another important aspect of landscaping that can improve safety. Not only can it highlight your storefront or business sign, but lighting can help people avoid stumbles in dark places or even help deter criminals.

5. Improve Employee Morale

In addition to these other benefits, landscaping your business is also a great way to improve your employee morale. You can provide them with a nice outdoor space to unwind and take breaks or even create a staff garden for team building and stress management.

Landscaping for your business is very important as you can see. If you’re interested in landscape maintenance, irrigation, patio installation, lighting, and more contact Grasshoppers. We specialize in commercial and HOA landscaping in the Orlando Florida area. We look forward to helping meet your landscaping goals.

Summer Lawn Care Tips

Beautifully landscaped lawn. Grasshoppers serving Orlando FL & Longwood FL talks about summer lawn care tips.

Beautifully landscaped lawn. Grasshoppers serving Orlando FL & Longwood FL talks about summer lawn care tips.Summers are wonderful in Florida, but if you live here, you know it can be a challenging time to keep your lawn lush and green. Hot temperatures may stress out your lawn and weeds may flourish. Learn how to help your lawn thrive this summer with our summer lawn care tips.

Mow Regularly

Keep your lawnmower blades sharp and mow regularly. While you may be tempted to drop down your mower blade, so you don’t have to mow as much, don’t do it. This is not like the hair on your head. Cutting no more than ⅓ of the grass blade at a time will keep your lawn healthier and help prevent weed seeds from germinating.

Don’t Fertilize

Another lawn temptation is fertilizer. Fertilizer helps provide your grass with the nutrients it needs to grow. But fertilizing during the hot summer months can cause your lawn to burn and actually kill it. Instead, save it for the fall and spring seasons. If you have flower beds or vegetable gardens, ignore this summer lawn care tip.

Another tip, pull weeds as necessary. Weeds are not only unattractive but they also steal nutrients away from your grass and plants.

Water Well

Lawn watering is especially important in Florida because we have a warm, humid climate. Timing is also key. You’ll want to water between midnight and 9 a.m. for the most efficient watering. Water your lawn during the sun’s peak hours, and it will evaporate so quickly. You’ll end up just wasting more time and money in the long run.

Eliminate Lawn Pests

You may begin to see grubs in the summer as they start hatching. These tiny white insects are one of the most lawn-damaging pests. They burrow right beneath the surface of your soil and feed on grassroots, eventually killing your grass. If the damage is severe, you can use a lawn insecticide or hire a professional that’s experienced in lawn care pests.

Maintaining your yard is a year-round commitment. In fact, people spend on average around 70 hours a year on yard work. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with your commercial property, feel free to give us a call. We’re commercial landscaping professionals and we know everything from irrigation and flower beds to hardscaping and lawn pest control.

5 Tips For Hiring a Landscape Company

Landscaper working with flowers. Grasshoppers serving Orlando FL offers 5 tips for hiring a landscape company.

Landscaper working with flowers. Grasshoppers serving Orlando FL offers 5 tips for hiring a landscape company.Considering hiring a professional to perform landscape work on your property? That can be a big decision to make. You want someone who delivers quality work but that’s also safe and well-informed.

We want to help you find the right landscaping company that’s “a cut above the rest.” Read this blog post for tips and considerations to make when looking to hire a landscaper.

1. Read Reviews

Do your research. How long has the company been in business and what’s their reputation like? Scour the reviews on their website, Google, Yelp, BBB, and Facebook to see what kind of service they provide. Check their website for awards they may have earned.

2. Learn What Services They Offer

It would be a pain to have one company mow your lawn and another take care of your shrubs and flower beds. Do your due diligence and find a company that provides all of the services you need. Many companies do more than simply cut lawns. Take us, at Grasshoppers for example. We provide everything from lawn care and irrigation to hardscapes and outdoor lighting. We also provide lawn pest control services.

3. Are They Safe?

You want to be sure your family and pets are safe so you may want to learn if the company you’re going to hire:

  • Goes through training
  • Is licensed
  • Performs background checks on their employees
  • Is insured
  • Uses EPA-approved products
  • Carries worker’s comp

Some of these questions may be easily answered by visiting the company’s website.

4. Contracts

Some landscaping companies may require a contract before providing a service, especially when the client is an HOA or commercial property. Talk with your landscaping provider and learn what the contract entails before signing.

5. What’s Their Rate?

Related to tip #4, before signing any documents, you’ll want to know how you’ll be charged. Will they charge you hourly or by the service? Compare rates in your area for the same service. This is something you may also want to look for while researching reviews. Are customers satisfied with their service and rates?

We want you to have the quality lawn care service you want and need for your property. The right landscaping company can relieve stress off of you and increase your home’s value. Put your property in the right hands and due your homework when looking to hire the right landscape company.

Spring Lawn Care Tips

Lush green lawn. Grasshoppers serving Orlando FL reveals their spring lawn care tips for homeowners.

Lush green lawn. Grasshoppers serving Orlando FL reveals their spring lawn care tips for homeowners.Spring is right around the corner so now is a good time for you to begin thinking about your spring lawn care. Even though we experience mild winters here in Florida, your grass still goes dormant in cooler weather. Whether you live in Orlando or Longwood follow our spring lawn care tips for an immaculate lawn this spring.


Do you have a lot of foot traffic on your lawn did you experience a lot of rainfall? These are common reasons your lawn may become compacted. Aeration is the process of removing small plugs of soil from your lawn to help relieve some of this compaction. It’s best to aerate warm-season grasses in late spring to early summer and to aerate cool-season grasses in early spring or fall.


Thatch is a build-up of turfgrass. Too much thatch is bad for your lawn because it can prevent your grass from getting the water and nutrients it needs to thrive. Spring is a great time to dethatch your lawn if you grow cool-season grass.


Most turfgrass in Florida should be fertilized around 4 to 5 times a year. You’ll want to apply fertilizer to your lawn roughly 3 weeks after your grass begins to green. If you apply it too early, you run the risk of fertilizing weeds too. We recommend you test your soil’s PH level and purchase a fertilizer that balances out the acidity on your property.


A good time to start mowing your lawn is when your grass is long enough to be cut and when it’s dry. Also, mow your lawn at a proper height. Cutting your grass too short will help encourage weed growth and put it at risk of drought stress.


Spring is a good time to fix dead patches of grass by filling them in with new grass seed. You’ll want to avoid putting any herbicides on your lawn for at least 60 days after you reseed it. We recommend you cut your grass a little shorter before you overseed to allow the seeds to germinate better and afterward keep your lawn moist.

Weed Control

If you have a lot of Crabgrass invading your lawn, you can apply pre-emergent herbicides to keep the seeds from last summer from germinating. Make sure to follow the instructions on the product for the best timing and tips.

These tips will help you get a head start for a better-looking, lush green lawn. Need help tending to your lawn? Contact your local landscaping company like Grasshoppers. They have the tools and expertise to keep your lawn looking great year-round!

Attract Tenants with Professional Landscaping

Beautiful home for rent. Grasshoppers serving Orlando FL talks about how you can attract tenants with professional landscaping.

Beautiful home for rent. Grasshoppers serving Orlando FL talks about how you can attract tenants with professional landscaping.Are you having trouble attracting tenants to your property? You may want to improve your curb appeal. You see, when potential renters drive past an apartment or house that’s for lease, they want to imagine themselves living there. If your property is unkempt and isn’t attractive, potential renters may feel unwelcome. You want your investment property to stand out.

In this blog post, we’ll look at simple ways you can improve your curb appeal and help make your property more attractive to renters.

Plant Flowers

Flowers are not only aesthetically pleasing but many are very fragrant too. Surround your property with a pretty flower bed using a mix of native plants with attractive scents to make it appear more inviting.

Trim Shrubs and Trees

Do you have vegetation growing out of control? Hire a professional to correctly trim back your trees and shrubs. This will allow more natural light into your property and make it appear bigger.

Add Outdoor Lighting

Landscape lighting will allow your beautiful landscape to shine both day and night and provide safety. Landscape lighting will also add a tremendous amount of value to your investment property. For energy-efficiency, you could consider solar lights or LED bulbs.

Install Underground Sprinklers

Watering the lawn is one less chore a renter would have to do, potentially increasing their interest in your property. Underground sprinklers also help keep your grass lush and your flower thriving. They may also help increase a property’s value.

Create outdoor seating areas

If you run an apartment complex or duplex, does your property have outdoor seating available? Adding comfortable outdoor seats will enhance the property’s value. Some options for outdoor seating include benches, porch swings, picnic areas, and patio furniture.

Hire a Professional Landscaping Company

If you’re working to improve your property’s curb appeal, but you simply don’t have the time, hire a professional landscaping company like Grasshoppers to perform the design and maintenance for you. Since many rental agreements come with landscaping in their leases, now would be an opportune time to build a relationship with a landscaper you like.

The Importance of Professional Landscape Maintenance

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Exterior of beautiful Florida home. Grasshoppers serving Orlando FL talks about the Importance of Professional Landscape Maintenance.If you have a beautifully-created landscape design on your property, it’s important that it be maintained. You don’t want all that effort and money to go to waste. Professional landscape maintenance is the best way to ensure your landscaping stays vibrant and healthy all year long.

1. Keeps Plants Healthy

Different climates and seasons may affect your landscape plants. Depending on where you live and what plants you have, some may need increasing watering or occasional protection from rain or heat. Landscaping contractors are knowledgeable about native plants and keep up with the weather patterns. They’ll adapt their services to cater to your landscaping. Additionally, different plants require different amounts of fertilizer and soil conditions in order to thrive. From watering and fertilizing to pruning and trimming, professional landscapers will ensure all of your plant species continue to grow and look perfect.

2. Provides Weed Control

Weeds not only look unpleasant, but they also take away water, nutrients, and sunlight away from your landscaping plants, affecting how they flourish. Without regular maintenance, weeds will eventually take over your property and ruin your landscape design.

3. Comes with Irrigation Maintenance

Irrigation is a part of landscape maintenance. Pipes and sprinklers can break, causing your plants to become underwatered or overwatered. Sprinkler heads also need occasional cleaning or require pressure changes. And if you live in an area with harsher winters, your sprinklers will need to be blown out. When you work with a professional landscaping company, your entire irrigation system is taken care of, from watering to repairs.

4. Helps the Environment

Maintaining your landscaping also helps the environment. Your shrubs, plants, and trees play an important role in cleaning the air around you and your yard also serves as a natural filtration to local waterways so it’s important to keep your yard healthy and flourishing.

5. Pest Control

Pests like beetles, grubs, chinch bugs, and aphids are known to destroy yards and plants. Landscaping contractors are experienced in lawn pests. They know how to identify if you have a pest problem and they’ll effectively treat lawns for pests without harming your plants.

Your landscaping is the central focus of your property and it should create curb appeal all year long. To help protect the investment you’ve made on your property and keep your landscape design looking beautiful, we recommend you work with an experienced landscaping company, like Grasshoppers. Our professional landscape maintenance services will keep your yard looking its best and keep you stress-free!

Common Landscape Design Mistakes

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Beautiful Florida home with palm trees. Grasshoppers serving Orlando FL talks about the common landscape design mistakes.Are you looking to boost your curb appeal and install a landscaping design to your property? DIY landscaping design can be fun but it’s a lot more work than it seems. Read more to learn the common landscape design mistakes and how to avoid them.

1. Not Having a Landscape Plan

Not having a cohesive plan is likely the most overlooked step when creating a landscaping design. You want your landscaping to provide your property with curb appeal. Without a proper plan, certain elements may not complement each other and may just appear chaotic looking rather than unified and balanced. In addition to color and balance, you’ll want to consider functionality. Are you planting shrubs where your kids like to play or installing a flower bed where passersby frequent? Jot down what you want to do to your property, ensuring everyone’s needs are met. You may also want to consider how future homeowners may use the yard if you’re thinking of selling in the future.

2. Not Setting a Budget

A big part of the planning stage is knowing how much you can afford on your landscaping project. You want to be well-informed about how much each element in your project costs so you can plan accordingly. Research and write down what you absolutely must-have in your landscape design. If you’re planning to install hardscapes throughout your property, keep in mind those are more costly. And if you don’t have the budget you need right now to complete your dream design, you can always complete your landscape project in phases.

3. Not Having Appropriate Irrigation

If you don’t have proper irrigation installed on your property now, you may want to include it in your landscaping project. Each plant in your design may require different watering needs in addition to sun exposure — and you may not want to dig up all of your plants later to install new irrigation lines. By having your irrigation lines installed while your landscaping project is being performed, you can also creatively conceal those lines.

4. Not Having Enough Space Between Plants

One important fact to keep in mind with plants is when you’re installing them in your yard, they’re smaller than they will be in a few years. This is because they haven’t reached their full maturity. Give them enough space to grow and expand. With shrubs and trees, keep them at least four feet away from your home. If you plant them too close they could disrupt your home’s foundation or siding. This also includes sidewalks and hardscapes. If you’re planting roses or other thorny plants, keep them well away from sidewalks and other areas where people frequent that way they won’t brush against them as they walk passed.

5. Not Understanding Plants

When creating a landscaping design, it’s important that you have a basic understanding of plants so you know how each one will perform. You’ll want to know if your plants or perennials or annuals, if they need a lot of sun or very little, and when they bloom.

6. Overlooking Your Landscape Lighting

You may have performed your landscape design planning during the day, but don’t forget you want to showcase all that beauty at night too! Think about what plants, shrubs, or hardscapes you want to highlight and utilize exterior lighting.

Avoid the Mistakes, Hire a Landscaping Company

Your yard is an extension of your home, in fact, it’s the first thing a person sees when arriving at your property. If you’re looking to add a beautifully-curated landscape design to your property, you may want to consider hiring a professional landscaping company like Grasshoppers. At Grasshoppers, we use state-of-the-art technology to ensure every detail of your project is perfect. We also install irrigation and perform hardscape design.