Best Landscapers In Tampa Bay

May 31, 2013 8:00 AM

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As spring comes to an end, the summer rainy season is approaching and that means it’s decision time for homeowners: do you go the do-it-yourself route when it comes to lawn care? Do you hire a neighborhood teenager to cut the grass? Do you hire a lawn service to do your mowing and trimming? Or is this the year you take the plunge and go all out with a full-scale landscaping service to go for the Better Homes and Gardens look? If you’re interested in going all out, here are some outstanding landscapers in the Tampa Bay area.

JaPaul Scape
4604 49th St. N. #1
St. Petersburg, FL 33709
(727) 564-2418

JaPaul has been in business for five years, but founder James Payne has been making things grow for most of his life. One of the basic services he offers to customers in Pinellas County is a custom sod installation process that can convert a yard from a weed-infested sandpit into a lush carpet. If you’re landscaping just needs a touchup, JaPaul can do that. However, with his degree in design, James can do a ground-up redesign that make your home stand out. JaPaul also offers commercial landscaping and maintenance.

The Garden Gnome
2306 Towery Trail
Lutz, FL 33549
(813) 789-9616

This family-owned business markets itself to Lutz, Land O’ Lakes and the Wesley Chapel areas. The Garden Gnome owners note that any company can do basic yard work, but it prides itself on going the extra mile to design a new lawn for your house or commercial property that will stand the test of time and enhance your property’s value for years to come. The Garden Gnome doesn’t just leave you on your own after completing your landscape makeover, it will maintain it if you need it. It also offers additional services such as irrigation, landscape lighting and mulching. The Garden Gnome will even hang your Christmas lights when the season rolls around. Free estimates are available.

Tommy Todd Landscape and Design
5017 Haines Road N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33714
(727) 526-6459

Tommy Todd started small in 1982 by offering lawn conversions, pest control and basic residential landscaping. Thirty years later, Tommy Todd has expanded into commercial landscaping with famous golf courses such as Black Diamond and World Woods on the client list. The campuses of Eckerd College and Stetson Law School are also places where you can see the skill and hard work of Tommy Todd on display. While the big-name clients such as Raymond James Financial are great for prestige and pride, Tommy Todd says that its core business is still taking care of homeowners. Outdoor lighting, pool decking and seasonal specials such as cold-hardy plantings are also on Tommy Todd’s menu.

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16604 U.S. 19
Clearwater, FL 33764
(727) 447-2186

The current Clearwater-based Ameri-Pride is the result of a merger between the original Ameri-Pride and Palmer Landscape. The owners of the two companies shared the same dedication to customer satisfaction and service, so in 2010, the two decided to tie the corporate knot. You can call on Ameri-Pride for commercial and residential services ranging from the most basic maintenance to tree service, landscaping, irrigation and even pest control. It also offers a full catalogue of stone walkways and other hardscaping. Ameri-Pride is ready to answer emergency calls such as a tree down or urgently needed tree removal to its wide-ranging service area.

Soho Landscape
3407 W. Alline Ave.
Tampa, FL 33611
(813) 503-9020

Soho Landscape has been serving its namesake south Tampa neighborhood and surrounding areas since 2004. After a modest start offering simple lawn maintenance, owner Friedel Scholl has expanded the firm into a complete landscaping business. Scholl’s original career path started with a degree in finance from Florida State University, but a combination of entrepreneurial drive and a love of the outdoors took him away from the big money world of corporate financial markets and into the blue collar world of landscaping, where Scholl promises to set his business apart is by offering his clients “white glove” service. No matter how much or how little you have to work, with Soho Landscape can turn your patchwork lawn into a lush getaway.

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