Author Archives: Chris McGuire

Water Restriction update for South of Alafia River

In an effort to improve water pressure, Hillsborough County has instituted a one-day-a-week watering restriction for its South County residential and commercial customers.  Unless otherwise noted, the County’s water use restrictions apply to all properties in unincorporated Hillsborough County and all water sources except reclaimed water.

The watering restriction takes effect Jan. 4, 2021 and ends Dec. 31, 2022.

All property owners in the designated area south of the Alafia River must adhere to the temporary irrigation ordinance, which was approved by […]

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Landscape Enhancement in Encore of Fishhawk

Last week we performed a small landscape enhancement in the new Encore subdivision in Fishhawk. The customer wanted something that was nice to look at and create a little privacy while not obstructing the view out back.  Took his requests and put together a custom landscape plan. The estimate was approved and a few days later his yard was transformed!  Check out the landscape project below!


Here is the before picture of the project.  First thing is we marked out the […]

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Sod Replacement in Riverview

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Toy Drive benefiting LOCAL KIDS in need

Boys and Girls Club Brandon Toy Drive

LawnGuru in conjunction with the McGuire Real Estate Team is hosting a toy drive benefiting the Brandon Boys and Girls Club.

From now until December 15th you will be able to stop by my office in Fishhawk and drop off unwrapped gifts for the children ages 9-12. Suggested price range is $20-30. If you aren’t able to pick up a toy but would like to help support this mission you can do so by donating […]

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New sod in Riverview

Check out this new yard we just installed in Riverview!

New sod in Riverview

If you are looking to sell your home or just want to make your yard look awesome installing new sod is great way to immediately increase the curb appeal of your home!  There are many types of sod and thats where consulting with a professional like LawnGuru can make all the difference.  Many subdivisions require you to use a St Augustine grass, but what the HOA won’t tell […]

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Cut irrigation wire in Lithia

After testing the electrical current at the sprinkler valves we determined that the wires had been cut when we didn’t get a reading.  So we hooked up a wire tracker and within a few minutes found where the wires had been cut. Sliced the wires together and got power back to the three valves!

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Pressure washing a driveway in Valrico.

Check out the before and after in this photo!

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Lots of leaves!

The leaves are falling by the bagful it seems this time of year. If your lawn company isn’t bagging them and just blowing them all into the beds you should give us a call!

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Great looking yard

One of our lawn care customers lawns in Valrico. Love how tight the lines are on the lawn and landscape!

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Want to win yard of the month?

Lots of people love having some color included in their landscape. If you’re one of these people you might want to develop a plan for seasonal plantings. Be prepared to spend some money though. All the colors don’t come cheap! If you’re willing to make the investment in your landscape and choose to Do It Yourself follow this planting plan.

Spring: Yellow, Purple, White
Summer: Use you’re favorite colors!
Fall: Orange and yellow
Winter: red and white

Feel free to contact us if you […]

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Trim those palm trees!

An easy way to clean up the look of your landscape is to give your palms a good trimming.  These two palms were a little overdue for a trimming but this is a great example to show the difference trimming can make!  All seed pods should have been removed by your lawn care providers by this point in the season.  If they have not you might want to address that with your current provider.  If you would like a quote […]

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Change your sprinkler heads from 4″ to 6″ pop ups


We are often asked by our lawn care customers if there are any advantages to changing existing 4 inch sprinkler heads to 6 inch sprinkler heads.  So we thought we would take a moment and explain the advantages of making the changes to your sprinkler system.

The majority of the lawns we service in Valrico and Fishhawk are St Augustine grass.  This grass is cut between 4 to 5 inches in height.  It is pretty obvious that the 4 inch heads would have a […]

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Corkscrew Crotons are great for adding color!

These corkscrew crotons are beautiful and a great way to add some color to your landscape beds.  They are very easy to maintain and require little upkeep.  Just remember to cover if there is a freeze, which I don’t think we will have to worry about anymore!

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Time to trim those Crape Myrtles!

If you are a LawnGuru monthly maintenance customer you will notice the guys are out trimming the Crape Myrtles in your lawn this week.  By trimming them you will encourage new growth and maintain the height of your trees.  You do not have to trim them but it is something that is suggested.   If you are a do it yourselfer this is how you want them to look once trimmed.



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Updated Watering Restrictions for Hillsborough County

Hillsborough county has just released the updated watering days for lawns and landscape. If you need for LawnGuru to reset you timer or run through your system, please contact us and we will get an inspection scheduled for you.

Water Restrictions
Latest Changes Effective March 1, 2014

Basic Rules

Restrictions are for all properties in unincorporated Hillsborough County
Irrigation must be accomplished prior to 8:00 AM or after 6:00 PM.
Any one zone of a property may only be watered once during the allowable […]

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Sprinkler Repair and Landscape Install in Brandon

This landscape turned out fabulous. Here is a cool picture of the plants getting watered in. Send us a message if you are interested in a custom landscape design.

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Landscape Install in Brandon

Another beautiful landscape installation in Brandon. This customer put together the path and we filled in the plants and mulch. The flax lily really makes the paver path stand out.

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Landscape and Sod Replacement in Valrico – Before and after picture

Another beautiful landscape installed for a lawn care customer in Valrico. The grass is called “Bitterblue” St Augustine. It is so lush and green!

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Love the Azalea’s this time of year!

Azalea’s are in full bloom everywhere and are a delight to see! This is a picture from one of our lawn maintenance customers homes in Brandon. These bushes do really well in a shady area with high acidity. Areas with lots of oak tree canopy make excellent areas to grow beautiful bushes.

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Sprinkler Timer Replacement in Brandon

One of our commercial property maintenance customers had the face plate stolen off their sprinkler timer. We replaced with a new Hunter outdoor timer. Will post a picture of the new unit next time we visit the property.

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