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…

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