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.
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.
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~
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.
After over 40 years of landscape design and installation in Montecito, CA, we have learned a few things about efficient watering and believe if one applies these simple basic water-wise garden tips you can have a beautiful garden even in dry years.
In California lawns seem be a thing of the past. If so, the real question is can we learn to live without them? and if so, what are some viable lawn alternatives? We have grown so accustom to our swaths of green, we can’t seem to visualize our gardens without them. Is Faux Turf the only solution? The answer is not what you’d expect.
Today I caught up with Bee Keeper, Nick Wigle of Super Bee Rescue and had a chance to get a few questions answered. I wanted to know how the California Drought was affecting Bee populations. And, I wanted to know what homeowners could do about it.
Spring is in the air and this morning I awoke to my favorite sound, bird song. Every year, about this time, birds start singing just before dawn, the official heralds of spring. I love watching them come to the birdbath, as they do by the dozens, taking turns as they splash about.