South Tampa Renovation

This was a job we recently completed that was a total landscape renovation! The customer had recently moved back to the Tampa Bay Area and was ready to make their place beautiful.

Check out these before pictures of the job. Customer wanted some simple landscaping, a new irrigaiton system, new sod, a fence and pavers installed.

Here’s a few pictures of the renderings we did for the customer to show how the landscape would turn out upon completion.

Here’s a few pictures of the completed job. Turned out great!

If you are interested in having a new Landsacpe installed please schedule an appointment with our designer. We would love the opportunity to assist with your landscape project!

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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 the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners in December.

Irrigation use drives the peak potable water demand in South County, and steps must be taken to reduce irrigation demand to improve potable water pressure for customers.

The intention of the temporary ordinance is to redistribute customer water demand and reduce dangerously low pressure during peak morning periods. Low water pressure can also trigger regulatory precautionary boil water notices and impact fire hydrants used by Hillsborough County Fire Rescue. It is important to note that this change is not a result of drought conditions or water supply concerns, rather it is a distribution issue with the piping system.

In South County’s irrigation restricted area, all watering must be done between 8:30 a.m. and noon or between 6 p.m. and midnight on the designated watering day.

Irrigation of established lawns and landscapes is limited to one day a week on the following schedule:

Addresses ending in 0 or 1 on Mondays
Addresses ending in 2 or 3 on Tuesdays
Addresses ending in 4 or 5 on Wednesdays
Addresses ending in 6 or 7 on Thursdays
Addresses ending in 8 or 9 on FridaysLocations with no address and locations with mixed addresses (such as office complexes and shopping centers) on Saturdays

These temporary restrictions apply to all properties within the South County designated area and most water sources, including private wells, ponds, or lakes used as alternate irrigation supply. Reclaimed water customers may irrigate any day of the week before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m., although these customers are encouraged to use only what is needed.

All other properties in unincorporated Hillsborough County remain on standard year-round, twice-a-week watering days and standard times.

There are several capital improvement projects in progress and in the planning stages to help alleviate water pressure issues over the next two years.

Visit for more information, to view a Map of the affected area, for an address lookup tool to determine if you are in the area, to sign up for email notifications of changes in water restrictions, and for other water conservation topics.

Call (813) 663-3295 for more information from the county.

If you need assistance programing your timer please call the office at 813-833-2969.

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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 area.  Flagged out the irrigation heads that will need to be moved.

Cutting out all the old grass and plant materials.

Meet our most recent hire.  This is Mr Ditch Witch.  He was a great helper.  Really saved all of our backs!

Got the Robellini Palm tree installed.  Trees are always the focal point and should be installed before any other plant materials.  Its especially important to water the tree in well.  Use a water hose and make sure to push the hose into the ground all around the rootball of the tree.  This ensures dirt gets pulled down into all the air pockets surrounding the rootball.

Laying out the plant materials.  Bed ended up having to be reformed a little.  Ensure that proper spacing is taken into account.  Knowing the full size of the mature plant helps ensure you don’t overcrowd an area.  A picture that wasn’t taken during the project was of the irrigation.  We had to tie into the existing drip system and ran Rainbird drip pipe to water all the plant materials.

Here is the after picture.  The landscape enhancement turned out very nice and the customer absolutely loved it!

If you’re interested in getting a quote for a landscape project don’t hesitate to reach out, we would love to hear from you!

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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

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 money and we will pick up gifts for the kids. We need your help in making this a Christmas to remember for the Brandon Boys and Girls Club. Please help us help them!

Office Location for drop off: Keller Williams – 15268 Fishhawk Blvd, 33547

If you would like to mail a check please send make out to Chris McGuire and send to PO Box 2761, Valrico FL 33595. Please write in the memo line Brandon Boys and Girls Club Toy Drive.

For additional details please click here: Toy Drive

Thanks so much and we hope to hear you have a great Holiday and Christmas!

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New sod in Riverview

Check out this new yard we just installed in Riverview!

New Sod 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 you is that there are different varieties that will either thrive or die!  Installing new sod can be quite pricey so you are definitely going to want the grass to thrive.  Below are some references for varieties of St Augustine sod.

  • Full Sun requires Floratam St Augustine sod
  • Shady areas require Seville St Augustine sod
  • Heavy Shade areas require Seville plugs
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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 have any questions or if you would like to have us provide you with a quote.

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Trim those palm trees!

Palms can transform a lawnAn 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 for getting your lawn maintained give us a call or contact us through our webpage.


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

Changing sprinkler heads from 4" to 6"


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 hard time watering a yard if the heads are set flush with the soil level.  This is where the quick and cheap repairs come in.  Often a riser will allow the head to clear the grass, notice the picture on the left with the black pieces below the sprinkler head, those are risers.  This particular head 4 risers attached to the head and was about 3 inches above the soil line to allow the head to clear the grass to water the lawn.  By having the head that high above the soil level the sprinkler becomes vulnerable to foot traffic and lawn mowers.  Notice how the risers are bent and causing the sprinkler head to not stand straight?  Foot traffic and lawn mowers will often break or bend these risers because the head is not secure by being set at the soil level, which will lead wasted water and grass not getting watered.

A 6 inch head will solve all of these problems because the sprinkler head can be set flush with the soil level and still clear with grass without any issue.  There is a cost involved to make these changes but in the long run the investment will be well worth money.  If you would like a quote give us a call or contact us through the webpage.  


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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!

Corkscrew Croton

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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.

Crape Myrtle trimming


Crape Myrtle being trimmed


Crape Myrtle 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 day, NOT both in the morning and evening.
Homeowner associations are prevented from requiring property owners to replace plant materials to meet aesthetic standards.
Use of wading pools or other recreational devices shall be discharged or emptied onto a lawn or landscape area requiring irrigation.
These rules apply to all sources of water including well water and surface water.

Watering Days

Addresses ending in the number 0, 1, 2 or 3: Monday and/or Thursday
Addresses ending in the number 4, 5 or 6: Tuesday and/or Friday
Addresses ending in the number 7, 8 or 9: Wednesday and/or Saturday
Locations with no address
(common areas, entry areas) Fridays only
Locations with mixed addresses
(office complexes, shopping centers) Fridays only

Detailed Information

New Plants and Grass
On days 1-30, beginning on the day of installation, new plant material including turfgrass may be watered any day of the week, but not between the hours of 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. On days 31-60, new plant material including turfgrass may be watered as follows: Even-numbered addresses may only water on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday; Odd-numbered addresses, locations with no address, and locations with mixed addresses may only water on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Following this period all new plant material is considered established and must follow the regular watering day restrictions outlined above.

NOTE: All new plant material (new or replacement turfgrass or new plants/shrubs) must cover at least 50% of an irrigation zone in order to water with an in-ground sprinkler system during the establishment period. If not, the new plant material must be hand watered following the same time of day and day of week restrictions for new plant establishment. (Ex: If you purchased one flat of grass plugs to place throughout your front yard to fill in bare spots, this would not cover 50% of an irrigation zone. Hand watering would be required). Additionally, only those zones containing 50% new plant material may be watered, not the entire yard. (Ex: If you had your entire front yard re-sodded, but not your backyard, only those zones covering the front yard could be run during the establishment period. The back yard zones would have to remain on the regular watering schedule. Most irrigation timers have an A & B program. Program A can be set for the regular watering. Program B can be programmed for multiple days to only water those zones containing the new plant material during the establishment period).

Low Volume Irrigation
Low volume irrigation is defined as a maximum of one half gallon per minute (30 gallons per hour) per emitter. Low volume irrigation is not approved for lawns or turfgrass. Low volume irrigation of plant materials other than lawns and grass is allowed any day at any time. The use must not be wasteful and unnecessary.

Hand Watering
Hand watering of plant materials other than lawns and turfgrass may occur on any day and at any time. Hand watering of lawns and turfgrass may only occur during the designated day and time for irrigation of established lawns and landscaping at that address.

Chemical Treatment
If chemicals such as pesticides, fertilizer, herbicides, insecticides and fungicides are applied to your lawn or landscape plant by a certified professional applicator, they can be watered in according to manufacturer’s instructions within 24 hours of the chemical treatment: the evening of the application, or the morning afterward. Applying water following a chemical treatment by a certified professional applicator is allowable on your non-designated watering day provided a dated chemical advisory marker showing the date of application is visible in the yard. All such watering must be prior to 8:00 AM or after 6:00 PM. If you apply a chemical treatment to your lawn or landscape plants yourself, the watering in of those chemicals must be done on your designated watering day for your address prior to 8:00 AM or after 6:00 PM.

Car Washing
Allowed on any day at any time, but requires the use of a self-canceling nozzle on garden-type hoses.

Pressure Washing and Decorative Fountains
No restrictions, yet residents are asked to still use water conservation methods.

Irrigation System Maintenance
Irrigation systems may be operated during restricted days or hours for cleaning and maintenance purposes, but limited to ten (10) minutes per week. An attendant must remain visibly on site during the entire cleaning and maintenance operation.

More aggressive water shortage action may become necessary, including stringent enforcement, such as issuing a citation without first issuing a warning.

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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.

Plants getting watered in

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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.

Before and After in Brandon

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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!

Landscape and Sod Replacement in Valrico

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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.

Azaleas in full bloom

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