Raised pool

The completion of any landscaping project is an exciting time, and pools are perhaps the most exciting thing of all. Not only is your new pool a gorgeous addition to your backyard, but it promises fun and relaxation for years to come. So now that your new pool is installed, take a step back and…

Stunning Fall Garden

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and many of you are busy planning your menus and shopping for ingredients. But what’s a great meal without a beautiful table? Have you had time to consider a seasonal centerpiece that will accentuate your meal? Yes, it’s just one more chore to add to your list! But a…

Like many homeowners, you might require a backyard shed to store your gardening equipment. But the shed itself can serve as an eyesore that detracts from your overall landscaping. The key is to carefully plan the landscaping around your shed, so that it blends in seamlessly with the rest of your backyard. First, of course,…

If you live in a neighborhood with sidewalks, you probably appreciate the walkable atmosphere and better connection with your neighbors. But sidewalks also present a challenge for your landscaping. What do you do with that strip of yard between the sidewalk and road? How can you make it attractive, without causing any problems? It’s called…

With the drought getting even worse, you wouldn’t think that many homeowners are highly concerned with water runoff. But actually, that’s exactly what happens. When the ground is dried and hardened from long periods of drought, it won’t readily soak up water introduced by a sprinkler system, the garden hose, or rainfall. Instead, you will…

compost bin of fall leaves

With fall just beginning and the holiday season looming, you probably aren’t even thinking about spring just yet! But if you want to enjoy a beautiful and bountiful garden in the spring, putting forth a little effort now will go a long way toward reaping greater rewards later. As a bonus, you might find that…

red chrysanthemums

We tend to think of spring and summer as the ideal time for flowers in the garden, but plenty of species actually bloom in autumn. In fact, it can be interesting to note that most fall blooms tend to match the colors we typically associate with autumn leaves. Chrysanthemums, in particular, are full and dense…

Black grapes in a ceramic plate on an old board in the garden.

Wine has enjoyed a resurgence of popularity in recent years, with many of us enjoying wine tastings, vineyard visits, and that relaxing afternoon glass of wine on the porch. But have you ever considered making your own wine? Experiencing the entire process from start to finish can be a truly educational hobby, and you could…

Now that summer is winding down, it’s time to get your landscaping and garden ready for the change in seasons. Luckily, we get to enjoy an extended warm season here in Southern California, so you can actually enjoy a second growing season! But you should definitely pay attention to a few details regarding the change…

During times of drought, we all need to do our part to reduce water usage. But at the same time, dry conditions create environmental hazards like dying trees and the possibility of wildfires. While conserving water is important, it is possible to go too far and increase the risk to your own property and life….

child playing in sand

Children with special needs like autism or ADHD need outdoor time as much as any other child. But their individual challenges often necessitate some changes to your typical backyard. These ideas can help you create a fun and safe outdoor environment for your child, while accounting for their unique needs. Build a fence. For many…

autumn crafts

Everyone’s favorite season has finally arrived! And with it comes the changing of leaves on deciduous trees. While raking the lawn might not be your favorite chore, you can at least have fun with a variety of fall-themed craft activities. The following ideas are great for kids and adults alike, and can help you use…

landscaping between concrete squares

Stepping stones can be one of the simplest ways of constructing an attractive pathway through your yard or garden. But it’s a bit more complicated than simply tossing down a row of concrete squares or stones. You might also need to landscape around them a bit, both to make the pathway more appealing and to…

leaking pipe

Have you noticed that your water bills seem higher than expected? Or do you just want to ensure that all of your home’s systems continue to function properly? Either way, it makes sense to routinely check your landscaping irrigation system for leaks. They can and do happen, and a leak can cost you in terms…

outdoor reading in autumn

Reading is good for your mind, and sunlight and fresh air are good for your health. Why not combine the two, and enjoy reading outdoors more often? Create a cozy reading nook outdoors, and you can disappear into your own private hideaway. But we must warn you; the whole family might love it! The following…

floral ice cubes

Summer is a time of fun outdoor parties, lounging by the pool, and barbecues with friends. And due to the heat, everyone needs a nice cold beverage. If you’re looking to add festivity to your get-togethers, or simply enjoy a more posh atmosphere when you’re hanging out alone, ice cubes infused with edible flowers or…

infinity edge pool

Backyard pools just aren’t what they used to be. For many decades a pool served as a fun recreational spot for the family, and yes they could be designed to serve as an attractive focal point for your yard. But infinity edge pools take “attractive” to a whole new level; these pools are a work…

swimming pool remodel

You spend a large portion of your life at home, and deserve to enjoy your surroundings. That’s why we sometimes remodel to make a house more comfortable and attractive. But your backyard and especially your swimming pool are an extension of your home, and provide a place for entertaining and relaxation. And so, you might…

large reef step on a swimming pool

Some of us enter our pools with a running cannonball jump. But for those of us who are feeling a bit less boisterous, or for young children, the elderly, or disabled, that might not be an option. Aside from installing your standard metal pool ladder, we can design today’s pools with creative entry options that…

pool with colored led lights

A swimming pool will keep you cool and provide fun all summer long. But it can also serve as an attractive focal point for your backyard, and a fun place for social gatherings. So naturally, you might want to add a few components to beautify your pool or increase your enjoyment of it. The following…

Grass free front yard

In response to drought conditions, or perhaps simply in an effort to reduce water bills and maintenance time, many of our customers have replaced their traditional grass lawns with kurapia. Kurapia has enjoyed a surge of popularity due to its low water requirements, but many of you don’t know much about it otherwise. Now that…

If you’re in Riverside County, you probably know that we’re suffering through a period of drought. In order to combat this problem and ensure that we have enough water for essential services, everyone needs to do their part. The first thing you need to know is that, yes, our county is subject to certain restrictions…

Raised modern style pool

Summer is swimming pool season, and you might be dreaming of your own backyard pool. One trend we’re seeing a lot lately is raised, or elevated, swimming pools. But before you opt for this visually appealing construction style, make sure you’ve researched all of the benefits and drawbacks. Benefit #1: Raised pools are suitable for…

Properly cared for orchid

Orchids are some of the most unique and beautiful flowers, and have certainly earned their outstanding reputation among passionate home gardeners. And contrary to common belief, orchids aren’t always as difficult to maintain as many people think! Of course, that depends upon species, and some orchids can certainly be more finicky than others. Once you’ve…

Bocce Ball Court

Your landscaping doesn’t just provide beauty and curb appeal to your home’s exterior. It also serves as an outdoor recreational space. And so, over time your yard might evolve to meet your family’s changing interests and needs, or even just to keep pace with current trends in landscaping or entertainment. Right now, we’re seeing a…

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