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Montecito Landscape Gets National Attention

Montecito Landscape Gets National Attention

Montecito Landscape was featured in Landscape Management Magazine November issue and it was a bit of a surprise. When I was contacted by the magazine, they asked if I’d mind being interviewed for a feature. Of course I said “yes” but didn’t know what to expect. Were others really interested in the landscape management practices of our small company?

The editor of Landscape Management became interested because of my answers to a survey they sent out some months ago. I had no idea that my answers were anything special. I guess I was wrong about that. He was particularly interested in my series of checklists and forms I developed for the day to day running of the business. I love it when the unexpected happens! See what you think.

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Three Easy Ways To Get Ready for El Nino


According to the “experts” we may be in for a Godzilla-sized El Nino this winter.

We really need the rain, but is your garden ready for “The Big One”?

When the rain comes, you want to be sitting by a cozy fire with a cup of cocoa and a good book, not soaking wet in the pouring rain unclogging your drains. Here are three easy ways to ensure you get the hot cocoa option when El Nino comes.

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Why Have a Garden?

With all the talk about water and drought it’s easy to lose sight of why have a garden in the first place. Whether it is filled with succulents, native plants, vegetables, flowers or anything else you can dream up, we have gardens because they give us beauty and pleasure.

“To lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur 
of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.”      ~John Lubbock~

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5 Inspiring Drought Tolerant Landscape Designs

If you are contemplating removing lawn and replacing it with something that needs less water, the good news is there are lots of drought tolerant landscape design ideas to choose from and it is a chance to have some fun. Though some may insist on installing plastic, artificial turf, there are loads of more creative design ideas. Rather than thinking of a “substitute” consider it an opportunity for creativity and new design.

Here are my Top Five landscape design ideas.

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Life After Lawns- The Secret Story

Life After Lawns

For the first time in history the State of California has implemented mandatory water cuts. We don’t need to belabor the point about California’s water crisis we’ve all heard enough bad news. The real question becomes “Can anything be done about it?”

I don’t claim to be an expert on water policies or water politics, but I do know what can be done in your home to cut back on water and still have a beautiful garden.

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