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How To Stay Within Your Water Allocation

The big question on everyone’s mind seems to be how to stay within your water allocation. Here in Montecito, there is mandatory water rationing and it can be expensive if you go over your allocation. The reality is sinking in that El Nino 2016 may not give us the drought relief we had hoped for. Despite the fact that Northern California has seen significant rainfall, we are a long way from recovery. And now with this heat wave, there is no rain in sight. Here’s the step by step on how to stay within your water allocation.

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Montecito Landscape Feature Montecito Magazine

Montecito Landscape was featured in Montecito Magazine in the Spring/Summer issue in celebration of 45 years in business in Montecito and Santa Barbara.

Every issue of Montecito Magazine features a bit of local history and details not generally known plus interviews with architects, artists and so much more. We were honored to be featured in this iconic Magazine. Here is the feature. Enjoy!

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Essential Gardening Books

Which are your essential gardening books? We all need good garden reference books, no matter our experience as gardeners and if you are like me you have lots of them; for reference, landscape design ideas or when searching for solutions to specific problems. However, if you are moving to a remote location, desert island or planning a lunar colony, or if you just want to become a better gardener, there are two essential gardening books everyone should have. I couldn’t live without these two. Let me know if you agree. 

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Rain At Last! Has El Nino Finally Arrived?

Rain, at last! Finally, for the first time in years, we are having a real rain storm and it’s time for a celebration. As of noon Tuesday, we have received an inch and a half of rain since it started last night. Does this mean that El Nino is here? Keep your fingers crossed that this is only the beginning…Find out how to prepare your garden for El Nino.

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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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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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