Top 3 Lawn Alternatives

Having open space in your backyard gives you a great place to entertain, play, and feel at ease. However traditional lawns require a lot of maintenance, fertilizer, and water. While lawns are more viable in wetter climates, in this drought prone part of the country we can not afford to waste so much water on these high need grass lawns. …

10 Beautiful Flowering Perennials for California Landscapes

We are fortunate to live in California, where there is an abundance of truly beautiful perennials that flourish with very little water or maintenance! If you need to add some beauty and color to your landscape without adding too much upkeep work, try one (or several) of these 10 flowering perennials that thrive in California. California Lilac The California Lilac, …

2018 Landscaping Predictions

It’s a new year which means you have probably already been inundated with lists of new trends for 2018. However, I doubt you’ve seen a list yet for landscaping, and if you are thinking about doing some outdoor home improvement projects this year, you’ll want to be clued into the latest and greatest the world of landscaping has to offer. …

5 Reasons to Update your Garden in 2018

With the new year upon us, it is a time to reflect on 2017 and to set new goals and resolutions for the year to come. These resolutions we make for ourselves are often directed at bettering ourselves. Things like eating healthier, exercising more, or going on a life changing trip all are great goals to have for 2018, but …

Are You Having Fun? (a holiday message)

The December holidays can be divisive. Some people love this time of year while others can’t wait for it to be over. No matter which camp you’re in, there is no denying the power of the holiday season. I believe it’s the combination of change and tradition that makes it so compelling. Winter is setting in, the new year is coming …

Backyard Patio Design Ideas

Putting a patio in your backyard or upgrading the one you have is a really awesome way to extend your living space to the outdoors. Here in the San Luis Obispo area, you can take advantage of your patio for most of the year. Plus, you could even put in a fireplace to extend the days you’re able to enjoy …

How to Read a Landscape Design

Having a professional landscape design is one of the smartest investments you can make before starting construction on your outdoor space. But what good is a plan if you can’t interpret it? If you aren’t used to reading landscape plans, they can seem foreign at first glance. However, they are actually quite simple and easy to understand once you know …

5 Common Landscaping Styles for Your Home

One of the first and most important steps when you begin to plan out your new landscape is to decide on a style. The style of landscape is often determined by factors such as the style of your house, personal tastes, environmental considerations, and functional needs. Maybe you like the sense of nature that a natural California garden elicits, or …

5 Costly Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring a Landscaper

Are you thinking about hiring a landscaping company for your next project? Knowing what to do, what questions to ask, and what to watch out for are the keys to finding a company that will give you the best results. Find the right landscaper by avoiding these 5 common mistakes. Mistake #1 – Choosing a landscaper who isn’t responsive You …

How to Care for Your Ornamental Grasses

Properly maintained ornamental plants could give a simple garden a new kind of beauty. Whether you’re a starter or already an expert in growing ornamental grasses, caring and maintaining these plants can sometimes be still a bit tricky. Two basic questions always arise from ornamental grass growers – “When is the right time to cut the grasses back” and “How …