Many of us here in Southern California have heard of drought tolerant plants and their importance in saving water. But a drought tolerant yard is more than just a rock garden. If you're looking to switch to serious sustainability, read this article.
Summer is coming
If you’re thinking of getting your landscaping done for the 4th of July, now is the time to get started. We know, we know - you’d rather put it off until the holiday hangover has worn off. But, here's 8 reason's why literally every season besides summer is the best time to redo your landscape in Los Angeles.
1. Spend your summer in the yard - not a construction site!
If you’re looking to install a new pergola, deck, or just new grass—spare yourself the hassle of trying to get it done on a deadline. In any new construction, including landscaping, complications may arise that cause delays on your project and your family fun. Start now and rest easy knowing you have plenty of time before barbecue season.
2. Cooler weather is much more favorable to new plantings than high summer heat.
For us gardeners, this is possibly the most important reason to install any new landscaping during fall, winter, or early spring. In July of 2018 temperatures soared above 105, causing extreme stress to even the most drought-tolerant plants. A plant that has had time to take root and store water during the cooler, rainier seasons will be much more likely to tough out a hot month without breaking a sweat.
3. Your project may be completed faster, at a lower cost.
You can save money in an off-season remodel because so many people redo their landscapes in the spring and beginning of summer. Once the season dies down, prices tend to drop. Additionally, your project may be completed faster when the landscaping company has fewer clients to worry about.
4. Enhance your curb appeal.
Thinking of selling your home? Summertime is not traditionally the peak season for Real Estate as buyers are busy enjoying the Summer months. Now is the time to get your landscaping project done before the market dies down.
5. Let your Landscape fully grow in before Summer.
A newly completed landscape often requires up to 6 weeks or more to fully grow in. For example, the hillside landscape pictured below was just recently planted and after several months will grow to its full potential. Wouldn’t you like to treat your guests to a feast for the eyes at your next summer party?
Ready to enjoy your perfect landscape?
The New Year is like a fresh breeze invigorating people to make positive changes in their lives. One thing to look at is your immediate environment. Are you happy with how your yard looks? Does it provide you with an aesthetic space to relax or enjoy time with friends and family? If not, or even if you’re just ready for a change, we can help.
To weed or not to weed is not the question—weeds, like taxes, are inevitable. Those pesky critters feel right at home in your yard, since they normally don’t have diseases, insects or animals to help control them. Because it’s next to impossible to have a weed-free landscape, keeping them in check is the next best thing. Weeds strip the soil of needed water & nutrients; and the more aggressive types can push out desired plants.
So where do weeds come from, and what can you do about these nuisances that mar your beautiful landscape? Weeds can be blown on the wind, deposited by birds, carried along by rain or fall off of animal fur. Some types of weeds can even come from urban sidewalks!
What do we classify as a weed exactly? The New Oxford American Dictionary defines it as a wild plant growing where it is not wanted and in competition with cultivated plants. Sometimes even grass can be considered a weed if it shows up in unwanted areas.
Common types of weeds found in Los Angeles are: goosefoot or nettle-leaf, knotweed (it grows out of your sidewalk!), spotted spurge (natural enemy of decomposed granite), dandelions and who could forget good old crabgrass?
If you see weeds sprouting up in your yard, priority number one is to get them out early before they have a chance to take over. This is especially true with weeds like dandelions, although it is worth noting if you have a dandelion problem in your lawn it’s probably too thin or undernourished. While spot spraying along walkways or problem areas with a herbicide can be effective, the only surefire way to guarantee weeds won’t return is to pull them before they grow too big and entangle themselves with other plants in your garden. Upside? Some weeds are edible! Goosefoot has tastes similar to lettuce and can be cooked like spinach in a nice saute´.
If one area is overrun with weeds or you want to redo part of your landscape with plants in gravel or mulch, one effective solution is laying down a weed barrier. Artificial turf is another good alternative to lawn troubles.
The saying that nothing grows like weeds is unfortunately true. Since they’re like plants on steroids, it’s no wonder they’re a constant problem.