5 Reasons to Get Your Landscaping Done Before Summer

Summer is coming

Get ready for backyard fun with a custom sandbox or playset!

Get ready for backyard fun with a custom sandbox or playset!

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?

These healthy plantings are enjoying the rainy season as they take root in this hillside landscape. Many of them will grow to twice their size.

These healthy plantings are enjoying the rainy season as they take root in this hillside landscape. Many of them will grow to twice their size.


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Is it time?

Is it time?

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. 

Got Weeds?

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?

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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.

Don’t let weeds come between you and your perfect yard!

Don’t let weeds come between you and your perfect yard!

If you’re tired of fighting weeds, perhaps it’s time to get someone qualified in landscape maintenance.  Contact us and we can help.

A Top to Bottom Make-over

This beautiful renovation project was undertaken by Tommy Leng of TL Capital Holdings, a company specializing in the investment, acquisition and development of luxury residential and commercial real estate properties. Tommy brought Flores Artscape onto the project to execute his vision for the property. Every detail was carefully thought through, from the arctic white stones and yucca plants which have replaced a large area of thirsty grass; to the minimalist cable railing playing off the design of the house itself.

Arctic white stones and yucca plants

Arctic white stones and yucca plants

Flores Artscape also refurbished the garden wall in front of the house and installed the slatted gateway guarding the entrance.

The stunning backyard features a combination of beautiful drought-tolerant elements. The concrete pavers are accented by artificial grass and a second bed of arctic stones and sticks-of-fire succulents, which will turn orange as they mature. The rest of the yard is natural grass - so that any new homeowner may enjoy the best of both.

The hill at the end of the yard is filled with black mulch which not only enhances the style of the space, but also protects the plants from reflective light and keeps their roots warm. All topped off with a gorgeous redwood privacy fence surrounding the property.

Drought Tolerant Paradise

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Here at Flores Artscape we have years of experience in creating drought-tolerant landscapes that are low-maintenance and capture our customer’s unique aesthetic sense. This Eagle Rock project was no exception. Starting with a complete lawn-removal in favor of decomposed granite, our designer created a “California Zen” garden using an assortment of aloe plants.

Using drip-irrigation, we protect the hillside landscape from erosion and loss of nutrients by using a minimal amount of water which is dripped directly to the individual plants via an underground system. This area of land would require 10 gallons of water or more per week were it covered in grass—whereas it currently only requires 5 liters per week.

In fact, the project was recently featured in an interview with Cosmo Space America, a Japanese TV station, in their special report on the California drought.

Moving to the backyard, Flores installed a new deck, decomposed granite seating area, and a custom pergola with a concrete platform which can be used as an outdoor dining room.

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In talking about her experience with the project, the owner said: “In the backyard we added irrigation, lighting, new stairs, Trex deck (which is an alternative to and lasts longer than wood), and a pergola. We love it all and have had many friends and family tell us they feel like they are at a resort (a small one of course!) when they are at our place!
”Throughout the entire project we were also lucky to work directly with Rumaldo Flores, one of the owners. He was part of the project from day one and frequently dropped by to discuss the progress and our general happiness with the project. 
”Overall a great experience and we would highly recommend Flores for your next project!”


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