Add Brightness to Your Home with Our Professional Outdoor Lighting!

Best Lighting Services Miami

Best Lighting Services Miami

On your landscaping! Before you invest in any landscape lighting, ask yourself why illuminate? Perhaps you want to set a soft, romantic mood during the evening hours. Maybe you have a bench or a shadowy garden corner you need to illuminate for security reasons. A path leading through the garden may require landscape lighting to mark its boundaries. You might want to highlight some features of your backyard like a water fountain or pond…for whatever reason Landscaping by Steve Blaum can help. Call us at (305) 662-7045 for your free Best Lighting Services Miami consultation.

Keep Your Plants Healthy and Away from Those Whiteflies!

Plant Care Miami Florida

Plant Care Miami Florida

It was only in 2012 that a new species of white fly was discovered. These new species are popping up throughout South Florida leaving behind a sticky substance on the leaves of many plants, which then leads into black discoloration from dirty mold fungus. Landscaping by Steve Blaum can help. After our installation we offer a quarterly maintenance program that guarantees we replace any plant we maintain…including those infested with whitefly through our Plant Care Miami Florida. Call us at (305) 662-7045 for your free design or maintenance consultation.

Dreaming of a Beautiful Landscape Design? We Can Make It Come to Reality!

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When creating your dream landscaping, we strive for not only beauty…but longevity. It is not uncommon that within in months from a landscaping installation, if not installed correctly may not last long due to a number of reasons: non-native plants, misplacement, and non-efficient irrigation.  Our Miami Landscape Lead Designer Steve Blaum knows what works by carefully selecting plants that fit your home and lifestyle. Even after our project we offer a quarterly maintenance for our clients with a GUARANTEE: everything we install will live! If not, we will replace at no extra charge.

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Whitefly Infestations Miami

Whitefly Infestations Are Not Plant-Friendly. Find out Why!

Whitefly Infestations Miami

South Florida has been plagued for nearly five years by nuisance whiteflies, but a new strain is turning leaves on ficus plants sticky and stained.

This new species is popping up “in pockets” across South Florida and leaving ficus hedges weakened or unsightly. It’s the third nuisance strain of whitefly to hit South Florida, but the others “never had this icky excrement,” said Michael Orfanedes, a commercial horticulture agent with Broward County Extension Education.

The new species, discovered locally in the past month, is called Bondar’s Nesting Whitefly. They look like white blotches on the top of ficus leaves. As they feed, the flies excrete a sticky goo that leads to black discoloration from sooty mold fungus, said Orfanedes.

It’s too early to know the extent of local damage and how much homeowners will have to spend to replace damaged plants, he said.

About four weeks ago Orfanedes said, he received a call from Charles Livio, the city horticulturist in Oakland Park, to investigate an “odd type insect infestation.” Orfanedes checked it out and thought to himself: “I don’t know what this is, but it doesn’t look good.” He sent a sample to state officials who said it “looked like what had been discovered in Collier County” – Bondar’s Nesting Whitefly.

The bugs leave a “sticky mess,” Orfanedes said. To counteract them, he said, some people are releasing “beneficial” insects like ladybugs and predatory wasps. Certain insecticides can treat the problem, or better yet, “replace the ficus hedge and be done with it,” he advised.

Livio said a city employee discovered the problem in a resident’s front yard.

“It’s very noticeable because unlike the previous Whitefly Infestations Miami, this whitefly is also noticeable on the top surface of the leaf,” Livio said.

The flies present no health concerns for people, but “for ficus, it’s one more nail in the coffin,” Orfanedes said.

Courtyard Garden Design Miami

A Courtyard Design to Keep Your Garden Neat!

Courtyards of Miami

Commonly described as intimate, intriguing, and inviting, front courtyard gardens serve as a transition from the chaos on the streets and in the world, to the serenity of your garden and home.

In areas with warm climates like California or the Southwest, a front courtyard is often used as an outdoor living space. While in the colonial architecture seen in New Orleans and other areas in the South, formal courtyard landscaping is common in entryways.

However, no matter where you live, courtyard landscaping ideas for your outdoor spaces can add to your home’s curb appeal.

Enclosing a Courtyard: 

The most important characteristic concerning courtyard landscape design is the enclosure. You can enclose a courtyard with walls, fencing, or even outdoor gardens. Depending upon the privacy level you desire, your courtyard walls could stand tall or short, solid or transparent.

Enclosing an outdoor room like a courtyard on all four sides is not required, as three-sided design ideas are sufficient. Three sides create the enclosure illusion.

To avoid a fortress-like appearance, many homeowners opt for a low stone wall or partially translucent fencing. This creates a sense of intrigue while welcoming visitors and providing the courtyard with privacy.

A roof, patio cover, and even a front door represent additional ideas the further increase in the overall sense of enclosure. However, too many additions could result in the garden space feeling small or dark.

There is an abundance of ideas for a small garden enclosure to remedy this issue. One way is cutting windows into the walls or fence. Consult a landscape designer to help determine the best way to allow optimal light into your courtyard.

While landscaping a small courtyard may seem easy, it may actually prove very difficult. Homeowners frequently find challenges limiting themselves to smaller spaces as it is very difficult to incorporate provisions like courtyard water features, garden water features, a fire pit, or other courtyard garden designs.

Courtyard Water Features: 

A front courtyard is incomplete without incorporating an above ground water feature. The sound of moving water helps mask ambient noises like traffic and neighbors while helping circulate the water. In a formal courtyard landscape design, classically styled water fountains can serve as a centerpiece. However, in an informal courtyard, a wall or disappearing urn fountain does the trick.

A water feature’s size should remain proportionate to the courtyard’s size. For example, a large tiered fountain could overpower a modest courtyard while producing too much noise for the small space.

A landscape designer or architect can help you determine the proper scale for the courtyard water feature.

Adding Furniture, Plants & Lighting: 

Your courtyard’s size determines how you apply your finishing touches on the space. A large courtyard can possibly accommodate an outdoor dining table with some chairs, and even a fire feature.

Contrarily, a small courtyard is overwhelmed by too many accessories. In this case, it is important to keep things simple. A basic bench and a few potted plants should suffice.

By adding furniture to a courtyard, you can invite guests over and sit comfortably while appreciating your beautiful landscape. Additional plants and lighting in this area ensure an elegant, natural aesthetic that you may enjoy throughout the day into the later hours.

HGTV Dream Home 2018 frequently featured furniture, plants, and lighting in a modern courtyard landscape design. By adding these facets to your courtyard, you can modernize your landscape while additionally affording optimal function.

Courtyard Garden Design Miami

Plants serve as the key to softening the inside and outside of your courtyard walls. You can plant hedges and ornamental grasses that grow along the walls.

Additionally, place container gardens in the corners. Climbing plants also look great because they grow up and over the walls.

Do you live in a climate that allows flourishing bougainvillea? The plant can add a nice pop of tropical color to your courtyard. Ferns and evergreens will also help you establish a Japanese styled vibe.

Finally, your courtyard needs lighting. First and foremost, you should properly light all pathways to provide safety. This extends to yourself, and your visitors.

Once the area is safe and secure you can add additional lighting to your garden water features. This will make your water features a nighttime focal point.

You could also add sparkling string lights or even Moroccan inspired lanterns. These lanterns further add to your courtyard’s ambiance.

Courtyard Garden Design Miami from Blaum Landscaping

You can achieve the courtyard of your dreams regardless if this is a simple intimate courtyard space for your home, or an elegant entryway similar to a New Orleans French Quarter home. Contact Landscaping by Steve Blaum now at (305) 662-7045 or click here for more information on our courtyard garden design Miami services.

We provide our customers with free estimates while making your courtyard landscape design process easy!

Landscaping by Steve Blaum employs our extensive courtyard landscape design experience to ensure your courtyard looks luxurious and elegant while offering you privacy from the outside world.

When we utilize lighting fixtures, water, or fire features, our products demonstrate long-lasting durability against the harsh Florida elements. Blaum Landscaping is not simply a team of landscapers. We represent the preeminent courtyard landscape design company in South Florida.

We want to help you create an outdoor courtyard than transforms your home’s exterior aesthetic. Our focus is entirely on services to optimally suit your needs. When you select Blaum Landscaping, you always receive the service you deserve.

Enlist Landscaping by Steve Blaum and we can show you what is possible concerning transforming your courtyard or entryway. Give off the right impression at your next get-together with a beautiful, functional courtyard. We will meet with you, and harmoniously decide what is best for the courtyard space.

Together, we can make a determination on what works best depending on what you want, and your needs. Blaum Landscaping is the preeminent resource for modern landscaping design services in the South Florida area!