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…

Travertine faced outdoor BBQ

With Memorial Day and a summer of barbecues approaching, you might be eyeing your outdoor space with some fresh inspiration in mind. Is it finally time to install the outdoor kitchen of your dreams? Or are you looking for some trendy updates for your existing space? We’ve been seeing a lot of the following five…

Mothers Day is rapidly approaching, and it’s time to plan your brunch and other activities. With the weather so warm and pleasant lately, why not spend the day outdoors? Kids can always benefit from less screen time and more nature time, and there’s plenty to keep them busy in the yard or elsewhere outside. Check…

Bellagio atrium

Now that many of us are starting to travel again, you might be looking for vacation ideas. With Las Vegas a convenient drive from Southern California, and so much to do there, the city might top your list of potential vacation spots. But did you know Las Vegas has so much to offer aside from…

Last but certainly not least in our series on current design trends, we will discuss Modern style concepts for 2022 and upcoming years. While you might think of Modern as “simple”, to be well done it must be planned as carefully as any other style! If the saying “less is more” appeals to you, check…

Even though the landscape design world has changed significantly in the past few years, Traditional concepts aren’t going away. In fact, Traditional styles are still extremely popular; we just find new ways to keep the concepts fresh and interesting for homeowners who want a classic look that is up to date. Typically, traditional landscaping includes…

In last week’s blog, we focused on learning the foundational terms of describing style. Now, let’s focus on a popular combination of several styles: Contemporary style. What is Contemporary style, with regard to landscape design? Contemporary style reimagines several other design concepts, and shows up in a range of current trends. We tend to see…

Lanterns and basket between rattan sofa and hammock with pillows in the garden.

A lot has changed in the world of landscape design over the past couple of years. So for this month, we wanted to use a series of blogs to update you on this year’s most current styles. While there’s no need to stick to the strict confines of a label, words do help us to…

Wooden wall with country gardens

Wood is perhaps the most commonly used material for a number of home and landscaping uses. But as we all know, wood can discolor, warp, crack, and show its age before long. The sun and rain can do serious damage over time, and you can’t exactly control those. So, what can you do to protect…

gardening easter bunny

Now that spring has arrived, you’re probably thinking about seasonal crafts and holidays. If you’re trying to decide what to gift your loved ones for Easter, why not combine these two ideas and make them a special basket right from your own garden? They will receive a gift made with love, and you (and your…

tree with suckers

If you see new growths bursting up around the main trunk of your tree, this means your tree is struggling to survive in a stressful situation by producing suckers. You might discover suckers during times of drought, or when your tree is planted in a less-than-ideal location (such as when it is flanked by concrete)….

Leaves on Artificial Turf

As we often remind you in our blogs, choosing the right location for a tree is the first step to a successful planting. But this can go beyond simply identifying the right spot in your yard. You might also be wondering if you can plant a tree in an artificial turf lawn, or in decomposed…

Bocce Ball court with Edison lights

Having your own backyard bocce ball court can provide a lot of fun, but to keep it looking its best, there is some upkeep needed, especially if it is being regularly used for (fun!) game play. So that you don’t feel overwhelmed by figuring out what to do and when, we’ve put together this quick guide….

spring bulbs

As you might have heard, the various groundhogs around the country could not reach an agreement regarding the arrival of spring. Some predicted an early spring, while others say winter will last six more weeks. Here in Southern California, we don’t have too much of a “winter” anyway! So, we can count on spring arriving…

flower bouquet

Valentine’s Day has arrived, and you might be considering a cut flower arrangement for your special someone. And sure, you can just head to the floral department at your grocery store and pick up an arrangement… And you probably will since it’s February and your garden isn’t exactly blooming in full force right now. But…

Fresh grown green avocados

Who doesn’t love a big bowl of homemade guacamole? And it’s even better when it comes from your own yard! If you’re thinking about growing an avocado tree, here’s a brief guide to the basics. Do you need more than one? With some other types of fruit trees, you absolutely need more than one in…

winter greenhouse for gardening

As you might have noticed from weather reports around the country, winter has fully arrived! Of course, for those of us in Southern California, winter just doesn’t mean the same thing as it does elsewhere. So when it comes to winter gardening, you might have a few questions. Can I plant spring bulbs yet? Yes!…

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