Tips on Patios

Tips on Patios

The main things to consider in choosing the material(s) are:

  • Cost
  • Durability
  • Maintenance
  • Does it fit into your landscape design

 Paver blocks

  • Paver blocks are just slightly more expensive than bricks
  • Interlocking pavers are resistant to damage
  • A wide choice of shapes and colors
  • Can be used as an edging to a patio

 Brick 

  • Strong, but paver blocks are stronger
  • Can be used as an edging instead of the whole patio
  • A lot of DIYers like using bricks
  • Gives a classic look and feel

Concrete

  • Least expensive
  • Can get hairline cracks over time
  • A new look by covering with slate or flagstone
  • Can be colored and stamped

Flagstone

  • One of the most popular options
  • A low maintenance solution
  • A unique feel–fits in with most designs
  • Many styles and color tones
  • Considered by many to be worth the cost

Slate

  • Very durable
  • Low maintenance
  • If glossy works best as a covered patio
  • If glossy, can be slippery when wet
  • Many colors to choose from
  • More costly, but gives a unique, high-end look

We are experienced in using all the above materials to design and install patios. If you’d like to set up a free consultation to explore your options give us a call or sign up by filling out our online form.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By |August 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Retaining Walls: What material is best for your situation?

Wood

  • Fairly quick installation
  • Fits in with most styles
  • Tends to blend into the landscape
  • With proper waterproofing it can last for 20+ years
  • Best for walls under 4 feet tall

Pavers

  • A wide variety of colors, shapes and sizes
  • Can make fit with almost any landscape
  • Very durable
  • Strong & can be built into custom shapes

Poured Concrete

  • Unfinished it works well in modern landscapes
  • Can color it or face it in various ways for other aesthetics
  • Very strong
  • Can build high walls with it

Cinder Blocks

  • Can be faced for different effects
  • Stucco is one look that works well
  • Sturdy
  • Durable
  • Can build high

BRICKS

  • Works well in traditional styles
  • Strong
  • Durable

Stones

  • Has a distinctive aesthetic that many love
  • Comes in different colors and shapes
  • Very strong
  • Can build high walls with it

 

With over 10 years of doing landscape design and installation jobs in Los Angeles that include retaining walls, we have a wide range of experience using all the above materials.  So if you’re looking for some help with this or any other landscape need just give us a call at 323-666-3510 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation.

By |August 15th, 2017|Tips|Comments Off on Retaining Walls: What material is best for your situation?

On the Fence about Fences?

Below you can compare the advantages
of the most popular types.

 

 

 

WOOD

  • Most popular
  • Sense of privacy
  • Attractive
  • Warm & welcoming
  • Relatively inexpensive
  • Long lasting
  • Large variety

VINYL

  • Strong & Flexible
  • Maintenance free
  • Easy to clean
  • Long lifespan

WROUGHT IRON

  • Beautiful & decorative
  • Durable & Strong
  • Low Maintenance

CHAIN LINK

  • Excellent security fence
  • Inexpensive
  • Durable
  • Low Maintenance

Click Here to see some examples of fences and other projects we’ve done.

 

By |August 7th, 2017|Tips|0 Comments

Ways to Conserve Water during Droughts

Here in the hot & dry summer months are some simple water-saving tips from Rumaldo Flores taken from an earlier interview in Angie’s List.

  • Use irrigation systems

Rumaldo Flores, owner of Flores Artscape in Los Angeles, says irrigation systems are much more water efficient than sprinklers that gush water everywhere.

  • Water in short intervals

Ideally, you own drought-tolerant plants if you live in a dry area. However, if you need to water, Flores recommends doing so in short intervals to avoid runoff. So, if you have 15 minutes to water your yard, he recommends breaking it up into three five-minute sessions.

  • Avoid watering the whole lawn the same way

Flores says you should adjust the amount of water you use according to your yard’s setup. Shady areas don’t need as much water as sunny patches.

See what people say about us on Angie’s List.

 

By |July 26th, 2017|Tips|0 Comments

Every drop counts!

Top Story: LADY GAGA JOINS SAVE OUR WATER EFFORT WITH PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

PSA Kicks Off Save Our Water Campaign Asking Californians to Take Extraordinary Measures to Conserve

Sacramento, CA – In partnership with the State of California’s drought awareness program Save Our Water, international pop superstar and five-time Grammy winner Lady Gaga has released a Public Service Announcement (PSA) asking Californians to join the effort and take extraordinary measures to save water during the drought. The PSA is available on SaveOurWater.com, a new site designed to help Californians find ways to conserve at home and at work every day.

The Lady Gaga PSA also marks the launch of a new public awareness campaign from Save Our Water urging Californians to join the effort to undertake extraordinary conservation efforts. The first creative from the campaign stresses that ‘Brown is the New Green’ and asks Californians to let their lawn go brown by cutting back watering to twice a month. Additional campaign materials will be released by Save Our Water through the end of the month, including digital and social media ads, lawn signs, billboards and radio ads.

“We’re thrilled Lady Gaga has joined the effort to Save Our Water,” said Mark Cowin, director of the California Department of Water Resources. “Conservation has always been a Californian value, but in this drought regular conservation isn’t enough — we must take extraordinary measures to save water.”

Save Our Water’s campaign comes as the State Water Resources Control Board voted to adopt mandatory water conservation measures for urban water users and suppliers, including prohibitions on outdoor irrigation more than two days per week, washing hardscapes, sidewalks and driveways with water and using hoses without shutoff nozzles to wash cars.

“This is […]

By |August 11th, 2015|News|Comments Off on Every drop counts!

Flores Landscape featured on TV

There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words so even if you don’t speak Spanish, you’ll get the idea after watching the video where Flores Landscaping was featured in Telemundo. We are still getting the date and time it will air. Stay tuned to find out.

In the mean time, here is a slide show of photos of the project and the filming.
By |July 11th, 2015|News|Comments Off on Flores Landscape featured on TV

California Drought

Weeks after Gov. Jerry Brown called for the removal 50 million square feet of lawn in the state, water agencies say that they are well on their way to meeting the goal.

Since July 1, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has paid just over $34 million in turf removal rebates. It has given the go-ahead to an additional $120 million in turf removal applications. The agency offers a rebate of $2 per square foot, which many cities have supplemented with their own rebate programs.

The DWP offers one of the highest rebates in Southern California — an additional $1.75 per square foot for residents and $1 per square foot for businesses.

About 2,600 Los Angeles residents have ripped out their lawns, along with nearly 60 companies.

The MWD has created a tool on its website to let you know if you qualify. You can also enter the square footage of your project for an estimate of the amount of the rebate, depending on the rate available from your water agency or city and the size of your project.

(If you don’t qualify, check with your local water agency to see if it has its own program.)

The next step is figuring out if your lawn meets specifications. First, you must have live grass in your yard. Homeowners who let their turf die off are not eligible.

This may change. In January, the Los Angeles City Council’s Energy and Environment Committee approved a motion urging the full council to change that requirement to include homeowners with dead or dying lawns.

The MWD has to approve any replacement project before it begins. You will need to fill out an online application and submit five photos of the turf […]

By |May 12th, 2015|News|Comments Off on California Drought

Rethink Spring

On January 17, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown officially declared California in a drought emergency. LADWP is asking residents across the city to look for more ways to reduce their water use and encouraging our customers to take advantage of LADWP rebates to help them save both water and money. LADWP has activated the Water Conservation Response Unit in order to implement the mandatory Emergency Water Conservation Plan Ordinance – Phase 2. Do your part in following the odd/even watering schedule based on the last number of your street address.

 from dwp
The Water Conservation Response Unit patrols communities across Los Angeles looking for wasteful uses of water and educate customers about the importance of practicing conservation. The goal of the unit is to remind residents and businesses to stop wasting water and to make conservation a part of daily routines.As the Water Conservation Response Unit patrols the streets, they will have available conservation information and devices such as literature, low flow shower heads, and faucet aerators. They will also respond to reports of water waste emailed to waterwaste@ladwp.com or phoned in to the LADWP Customer Call Center at 1-800-DIAL-DWP (1-800-342-5397).LADWP offers many rebates and incentives to residents and business owners to help conserve water. For more information on these rebates, please visit Rebates and Programs – Residential Customers orCommercial Water Conservation Rebate Program.
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 New article posted in LA TIMES A guide to rebates on drought-tolerant landscaping

Make sure you are following the guidelines provided […]

By |March 11th, 2015|News|Comments Off on Rethink Spring

Water conservation program

 

LADWP launched the Landscape Incentive Program in 2009, which involves replacing turf grass with California Friendly plants, mulch, and permeable pathways. Since turf grass is very expensive to maintain, requiring heavy water use and lots of attention, the California Friendly Landscape Incentive Program is a great way for both residential and commercial LADWP customers to save money and, more importantly, save water.

Please note that application pre-approval is required before starting any landscape project.

RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS: For the residential turf replacement rebate program, all applications must be submitted online through the SoCal Water$mart website. Effective November 1, 2014, LADWP’s single family residential program provides $3.75 per square foot for the first 1,500 square feet, and $2.00 per square foot thereafter with no cap for replacing turf with water wise landscaping features.

COMMERCIAL CUSTOMERS: Effective January 1, 2015 all commercial turf replacement rebate program applications must be submitted online through the SoCal Water$mart website. LADWP’s commercial program has a tiered rebate. Effective July 1, 2014 the program pays up to $3.00 per square foot for replacing turf with water wise landscaping features.

Need to know what California Friendly plant species can beautify your landscape and help save money on your water bill? Going California Friendly is even easier now that customers can search for climate appropriate, water efficient plants using our interactive searchable plant database. The database also includes sample landscape and irrigation templates for customers in need of design assistance.

By |February 10th, 2015|News|Comments Off on Water conservation program

South Monument Gets a Makeover

Thanks to Rumaldo Flores, of new Glassell Park business, Flores Landscaping, and the continued support of the Verdugo Bar, our Glassell Park South monument, looked great for the November 2013 Veteran’s Day Parade.

Please support these fine local businesses that are active in improving our community:
Flores Landscaping:
3959 Eagle Rock Blvd. 323-666-3510
www.FloresArtscape.com
Verdugo Bar:
3408 Verdugo Road 323-257-3408
www.VerdugoBar.com

Download Full Publication HERE.

By |February 12th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on South Monument Gets a Makeover