Using an Online Yard Design Tool for Inspiration

When designing your ideal landscape, there are many resources to help you develop ideas. Looking at other designs for inspiration can help you develop ideas. They aren’t your home, but some people need a little more.

Others can find it challenging to visualize a finalized design, whether it’s the proportions of the hardscape or how much space a patio will take up in your home. Bringing your ideas into a digital space that can be sized to your property is a helpful tool to help visualize how your landscape will flow and how much space you’ll have to enjoy.

Today we’ll go over the online tools you can use to help bring your design to life and why these tools can help you save time and money.

Online Yard Design Tools

Although there is nothing wrong with drawing your design on a sheet of graphing paper, it’s difficult to create a beautiful design by looking at a sheet of paper. Some online yard design tools can result in 3D renders and make your ideas come to life. You can benefit greatly by sharing your design with landscaping companies.  

There are plenty of great design tools online. Yardzen has various design packages you can purchase, which include a design revision and fully custom design by their team. 

Alternatively, if you wish to save some money, there are free, albeit more simple, tools, such as Smartdraw landscape design software. 

A digital landscape design allows you to visualize the entire landscape before any actual work has taken place. 

Changing your mind about some of your landscaping elements while work is being done can speed up progress. Some companies can end up charging significantly more simply because it’s now considered a change order and is outside the job description’s scope. For this reason, having a completed design can help keep workflow consistent.

MC Landscaping offers one-on-one discussions to help design your ideal landscape if you prefer working with a designer in person. Every landscaping project needs a design. Whether a doodle on the back of a napkin or a high-end 3d render, we’ll work with the homeowner to develop a beautiful design that will suit their needs and desires.

You’re Done Designing your Landscape. Now What?

Investing in a digital landscape design can save you time and money in the long run. Having a design in hand that you are satisfied with can speed up the process of beginning the work. Companies such as MC Landscaping can consider the specifics of your property, such as the property’s dimensions and specific design elements’ locations.

Having a design is also helpful after the work is complete. Knowing where everything is located can make maintenance more accessible, whether you decide to take care of your landscape or hire a company to do regular maintenance. It’ll be easier to come up with costs for labor, how frequent maintenance is required, and more.

How would you feel with a yard expressly designed to fit your unique home and personality?

Our staff is dedicated to delivering unique landscapes that 100% fit the needs of homeowners. Each yard is designed in-house by our landscape designer. Our expertise and experience in Long Beach, Lakewood, Seal Beach, Rossmoor & surrounding communities allow us to custom design the perfect landscape for you.

Our team of experts carefully manages your project. Fill out our Landscape Design request for your landscape to fit your aesthetic. Call us at (562) 225-9460 or get a free quote for your project.

Hardscape Elements to Consider for Your Long Beach Landscape

When designing a landscape, many people focus on plants and trees. Landscaping, however, is a little more nuanced. You’ll need to add structure to the design to help the softscape (plants and vegetation) have a sense of balance with the rest of the environment.

Hardscape adds this balance by providing a happy medium of lush, vibrant plants with complex elements to create a sense of harmony. The result is a space you and your guest will enjoy when getting together. Or you can simply relax. 

Join me as we explore what hardscape is and the various hardscape elements you should consider when designing your Long Beach landscape.

What is the Hardscape?

While trees, flowers, and other vegetation are called the softscape. The hardscape refers to the “hard” characteristics of your landscape. They are typically heavy, unchanging, and inanimate items. Balancing the hardscape with the softscape will result in a more aesthetically pleasing, balanced design. 

Hardscape isn’t limited to one side of your yard. Many homeowners will have their backyard designed to feel more personal and relaxing. While the front of their home is focused on curb appeal to make their home look beautiful while increasing their property value.

Hardscape Elements

As previously stated, hardscape is generally built with large unmoving objects. But they aren’t necessarily only for show. Many hardscape elements can be used to add useful features to your landscape, such as

  • Walkways – Commonly trafficked areas can be made safer and more appealing by adding a walkway. Often made of stone slabs, a walkway can act as more than just a trail. It can contribute to the overall balance and flow of your landscape.
  • Retaining Walls are typically used to prevent the earth from moving downhill, usually caused by water erosion. Many people imagine boring gray walls holding dirt back from falling over. Retaining walls can add valuable texture and color to your landscape design when using stones and boulders, while the top of the retaining wall can have a beautiful flower bed. 
  • Patios – stone patios can add unique and durable outdoor living space for years. Stone gives a rich and nuanced look to a patio. Natural stones come in various colors, sizes, and textures.
  • Stairs – if your landscape has multiple levels, incorporating paver steps can help with the flow and balance of your landscape while serving a purpose. Much like walkways, many of the same ideas work for steps, as they are also a walkway with an element of height.

Decorative Stones

Only some of the hardscape in your landscape needs to serve a purpose, like a patio or retaining wall. You can add stones and boulders to fill in empty spaces or add a contrast to the vegetation in your design. Smaller stones and gravel can emphasize pathways or focal points in your yard.

They can also be used as focal points, like when nestled into garden beds. Boulders provide a natural way to add color and character to your landscape while requiring little or no maintenance.

How would you feel with a yard expressly designed to fit your unique home and personality?

Our staff is dedicated to delivering unique landscapes that 100% fit the needs of homeowners. Each yard is designed in-house by our landscape designer. Our expertise and experience in Long Beach, Lakewood, Seal Beach, Rossmoor & surrounding communities allow us to custom design the perfect landscape for you.

Our team of experts carefully manages your project. Fill out our Landscape Design request for your landscape to fit your aesthetic. Call us at (562) 225-9460 or get a free quote for your project.

What is the Budget for Your Landscape Design?

Designing your ideal landscape is a dream many homeowners have, especially first time buyers. However setting up a budget can be difficult to do if you aren’t going into the job prepared. There are many elements to consider when establishing a budget for your landscape including dimensions of the property, theme of your design and preparation of the land. A beautiful landscape goes farther than simply looks, it can contribute considerably to the curb appeal and add to the overall value of the property.

Join me as we breakdown key elements you need to consider when assessing your budget for your dream landscape design.

Inspecting and Preparation

Before you get started it’s a good idea to have your property surveyed and inspected. You’ll want to avoid any potential liability that needs to be fixed prior to having people begin work.  What you should be looking for are toxic plants, tripping hazards, and dead or dying trees. Other items to keep an eye on include: 

  • Erosion Issues
  • Poor Drainage
  • Poor Lighting
  • Damaged Fencing
  • Damaged Irrigation

The type of soil can affect the amount of preparation required as well. As an example if your soil is primarily clay based many vegetables and fruit trees have a difficult time growing. 

Walking through your property gives you a unique opportunity to see the dimensions of your yard as well as what existing features and plants you like and would like to reuse. Reusing elements from your existing landscape whether its plants, pavers, or  hardscape can go a long way in stretching your budget.

Choose a Theme

Once preparations are underway, you should begin to think of what kind of landscape you are looking for. You can make your own design from scratch or a theme as a starting point. We offer a variety of different landscaping themes to suit every need such as:

  • Contemporary
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Water Wise
  • Low Maintenance
  • Modern
  • Vegetable Gardens
  • English Gardens
  • Mediterranean
  • Tropical
  • Xeriscape

Keep in mind that some plants cost more than others, especially when trying to buy plants that arent in season. As for the hardscape, Importing rocks and other elements can be worth the investment but can be more costly than people realize.

We’ll meet with you to discuss your vision and landscaping needs. Once you’ve selected a theme our landscape designer can help you select everything else you’ll need including grass, irrigation, lighting, layout, plant selection and more.

Prioritize Needs, then Wants

Do you want to grow fruits and vegetables? You’ll need nutrient rich fertile soil and maybe a raised bed.

Do you want to conserve water during the dry seasons? Then you’ll need mulch and an irrigation controller.

The plants and trees you want may have individual needs. Depending on the plants you want to have, you may need to have an irrigation system to support your landscape design. It’s important to keep the necessary landscaping support in mind. Afterall, it’s easier to add more plants or stones to your landscape then it is to redesign everything because you didn’t prioritize the landscape’s needs.

Consult with a Landscaping Company

If there is anything you’re unsure of, talking with a landscaping company can help. That’s why they are the professionals, they should be able to give you estimates, and offer unique solutions to your problems. Oftentimes they may recommend a resolution that fits what you want and what your landscape design needs.

Landscaping companies can help you itemize the costs of your projects to better understand what your budget should look like. If you decide to forgo hiring a company keep in mind you’ll need to include the costs for permits, tool rental, and even fuel.

How would you feel with a yard expressly designed to fit your unique home and personality?

Our staff is dedicated to delivering unique landscapes that 100% fit the needs of homeowners. Each yard is designed in-house by our landscape designer. Our expertise and experience in Long Beach, Lakewood, Seal Beach, Rossmoor & surrounding communities allow us to custom design the perfect landscape for you.

Our team of experts carefully manages your project. Fill out our Landscape Design request for your landscape to fit your aesthetic. Feel free to call us at (562) 225-9460 or get a free quote for your project.

Winter Tips to Keep Your Landscaping Strong in Long Beach

Winters in southern California may not result in a scenic blanket of snow. Still, it brings colder temperatures and rain that can impact your vegetation negatively if you’re not prepared for it. Many plants may go dormant or die off this season, making it the ideal time to prepare for new growth in the spring.

Today we’ll go over some tips to keep your landscaping looking great during the winter and why it’s essential not to ignore your landscape during this season.

Keep Watering

Winters in southern California bring more precipitation, so you won’t need to water your landscape as often as you would during the summer. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t water at all, though. A good rule of thumb is to wait for two inches of soil to dry out before watering again. This can take two to three days on average, depending on the amount of rain that falls and the quality of your soil.

Failing to water your plants in winter can cause plants to become susceptible to diseases and other issues. During the colder months, it’s best practice to avoid getting the plant’s stems and leaves wet, as this can cause them to rot. 

Trim Trees and Hedges

While many trees lose their leaves during autumn, by winter, many of the branches are completely exposed. This is the ideal time to inspect your trees and hedges for any dead or damaged branches and remove them. Pruning your trees and shrubs during the winter will encourage your plants to grow stronger during the spring.

Prepare and Amend Soil

Winter is an excellent time to do maintenance on your soil. Although only sometimes necessary, it’s a good idea to check if your soil is appropriately retaining water and is healthy. Healthy soil should have diverse microfauna. If this may not be the case, consider amending your soil with organic compost or fertilizers if necessary.

If you notice water pooling in your lawn or garden, you may want to call a professional landscaping company and ask about aerating your lawn. This process creates holes in the soil to alleviate compacted soil to allow for air, water and nutrients to reach the roots of your grass. Doing this in winter allows for nutrients to be more readily available to your grass for the growing season of spring.

Prepare and Repair Drainage System

As we’ve mentioned winter brings with it more rain, it may be easy to forget about your drainage system during the hotter months. If you haven’t already, clean out your gutters. During autumn many leaves fall and can cause gutters to back up and not drain properly. Dirty gutter can become clogged which results in standing water, this can become a breeding pool for pests such as mosquitoes. You should inspect your gutters for leaks as well. Repair any damages done to it not just for your landscape and plants but for your home as well. Leaks to your gutter can lead to water entering the walls and damaging the drywall. It can also cause unwanted erosion to the outside of the home and driveway.

Remove Debris and Rake Leaves

Could you be sure to remove dead leaves and debris from your lawn? It may not seem like much but leaves can cause the grass to suffocate. Riding leaves often allows your property to absorb all the moisture it needs. Dead leaves can house unwanted pests that can damage your lawn. Ideally, you can collect the leaves and compost them yourself; this can keep yard waste down and save money in amending your soil.

How would you feel with a yard expressly designed to fit your unique home and personality?

Our staff is dedicated to delivering unique landscapes that 100% fit the needs of homeowners. Each yard is designed in-house by our landscape designer. Our expertise and experience in Long Beach, Lakewood, Seal Beach, Rossmoor & surrounding communities allow us to custom design the perfect landscape for you.

Our team of experts carefully manages your project. Fill out our Landscape Design request for your landscape to fit your aesthetic. Feel free to call us at (562) 225-9460 or get a free quote for your project.

Front Lawn vs. Rear Yard, Should there be Cohesion in Landscape Design?

Cohesion between your front lawn and backyard can be done creatively.

Can your backyard and front lawn design be completely separate from each other?

Should your front yard have a similar design and theme to your backyard?

Landscape design is different for everyone. Some customers choose to have matching landscapes, others keep their front lawns focused on curb appeal, and their backyards are more personal. 

Today we’ll explore your options when designing your front lawn and backyard and how to add cohesion to landscape design while keeping both sides different.

Timing

Timing is vital when designing your landscaping. Not everyone can have work done on both the front lawn and backyard at the same time. This can add challenges, especially when trying to have matching landscapes. Depending on the season, some plants, trees, or grass may not look as lively or vibrant as the established plants.

Ideally, if you want to have your front lawn and backyard design match, you’ll want to get them done simultaneously. If this isn’t possible, understand that there may be some differences during the initial setup; however, after the plants become established in the hardscape, the cohesion of both yards should begin to match.

If you keep your designs different, you can work on the front of your house separately from the back with minimal issues. That’ll help you decide if you want to keep the backyard completely distinct from the front or if you want to introduce cohesion between the two.

Front Yard Design

Your front yard landscaping design doesn’t necessarily need to match your backyard. Many homeowners like to use their front yards to increase the curb appeal of their homes. A well-designed front yard should ideally highlight some of your home’s best features. Include a focal point or “hero plant” with supporting elements such as flower beds that complement the house’s color and lush hedges. Your front lawn should be welcoming and naturally guide visitors to the front door. This can increase the curb appeal and make your home stand out.

Backyard Design

While many see the front lawn, your backyard is a bit more private. You can design your backyard landscaping by hosting events, gardening, relaxing, and bird watching for those who love birds. This doesn’t mean your front and back yard don’t have to match either. There are many ways to make two completely different designs feel cohesive.

Bringing them Together

A simple way to keep cohesion between your front and back yards is by incorporating similar colors. Mulch is a common color element that ties the front lawn and backyard together, and flower beds and plants that produce similar-colored flowers are a great way to connect on both sides of your home. When flowers begin to bloom, the connection is more prominent. Using a similar hardscape can also bring cohesion. You share elements such as the same brick for walls and accents, decorative stones, or even a matching pathway to your front and back door. During the evening, a simple tip for bringing the front and back yards together is to illuminate typical hardscapes, features, and plants that are shared among both sides.

How would you feel with a yard expressly designed to fit your unique home and personality?

Our staff is dedicated to delivering unique landscapes that 100% fit the needs of homeowners. Each yard is designed in-house by our landscape designer. Our expertise and experience in Long Beach, Lakewood, Seal Beach, Rossmoor & surrounding communities allow us to custom design the perfect landscape for you.

Our team of experts carefully manages your project. Fill out our Landscape Design request for your landscape to fit your aesthetic. Feel free to call us at (562) 225-9460 or get a free quote for your project.

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Stormwater Retention Ideas as Part of Your Landscape Design

Stormwater Retention for your home is a great way to be water wise.

Living in southern California there are often droughts and water shortages. This makes rain water a scarce resource that we should use more often. Many people have at some point considered catching the rain water but aren’t sure where to start. Afterall when it rains, it’s free water that your plants enjoy and is free. 

Unfortunately much of the rain water that isn’t absorbed by soil often evaporates and doesn’t get used. Amending your soil with compost or mulch can help it to retain more water but there is only so much before the soil becomes completely saturated. Today we’ll go over some suggestions and design elements on how to collect stormwater, save a bit of money and make use of this natural resource.

What is Stormwater Retention?

There is a myth that in southern California it was illegal to catch rainwater, but this can’t be further from the truth. Anyone can have stormwater retention on their property so long as the water you are collecting comes from your roof, no permit is required.

Areas such as Long Beach tend to get about 15 inches of rain on average every year. Much of the rainwater that lands on roofs or driveways results in runoff. Runoff water can collect pollutants that enter the city’s storm drain system which leads to larger bodies of water until it eventually reaches the ocean. Stormwater retention is a great way to conserve water, save money, and keep your plants looking vibrant. It may seem like installing a stormwater retention system is a drop in the bucket due to the infrequent rain we get, but it all adds up.

Designing a Stormwater Retention System

Stormwater retention typically begins with the gutter system that collects rainfall from your roof. Rain gutters are already a good investment as they protect your home’s walls and foundation from water erosion as it directs run off water to either a drain or the street. But why not collect this rainfall in a vessel like a barrel?

A simple solution to collecting stormwater from your roof is to simply put a barrel where your gutters drain. That’s all you really need to collect rainwater, however many people will agree that a large plastic barrel on the side of your home can not only be unsightly but take up quite a bit of space. 

On a 1,000 square foot roof, an inch or rain can give you about 600 gallons of water. Design choices to consider for collecting water from your roof include using seamless gutters which give a clean sleek look to the system and helps prevent leaks due to having less failure points. A leaf filter and a downspout fist flush filter should also be installed to prevent debris from being collected. Afterwards it’s a matter of hiding the plumbing that goes to your water collection vessel of choice.

You could then use this water to give your landscape a splash during the dryer days, and avoid any local water ordinances you may be subjected to in the future.

How would you feel with a yard expressly designed to fit your unique home and personality?

Our staff is dedicated to delivering unique landscapes that 100% fit the needs of homeowners. Each yard is designed in-house by our landscape designer. Our expertise and experience in the cities of Long Beach, Lakewood, Seal Beach, Rossmoor & surrounding communities allows us to custom design the perfect landscape for you.

Your project is carefully managed by our team of experts. Whether you are looking to turn your front yard into a showpiece or creating the backyard of your dreams we are here to help. Fill out our Landscape Design request for landscape to fit your aesthetic today. Feel free to call us at (562) 225-9460 or get a free quote for the project you have in mind.

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Do You Want to Make any Particular Plant a “Hero” in Your Design?

A hero plant can be more than a flower on your backyard.

Many people, when designing their landscape, have a vision in mind. What they want their dream back or front yard to look like. Others know they want a change but have a hard time deciding on design elements or themes for their landscape. An excellent option for building a landscape is choosing a “Hero” plant. This is basically a focal plant that gives you an attractive visual entry point to your yard or garden.

Although choosing a “Hero” plant isn’t necessarily difficult, you should keep in mind how you can support this plant with either supporting plants, hardscape and other features. Join me as we go through these elements in order to help you design a visually appealing landscape.

What is a Focal Point?

In your landscape, a focal point refers to where you want to direct the eyesight of guests visiting your yard. Any feature in your garden that you deem striking can be used as a focal point. 

Unique, exotic or colorful plants can create an exciting point of interest if the supporting landscape follows more natural colors and smoother lines. Trees can give a sense of scale while providing unique textures to your garden. Dwarf shrubs or potted bonsai trees can create a bit of an optical illusion shifting the sense of scale to make your landscape seem bigger than it is. Simple sculptures or decorative potted plants and hardscapes can be used to stand out from the natural colors and shapes. Water features like a bird bath, pond or waterfall can also be used to draw both eyes and ears towards the sounds of water.

Choosing your “Hero” Plant

A hero plant is basically the focal point of your landscape. There are many options for a “hero” plant, this can be anywhere from a fancy plant that you build your landscape around to a particular plant that you are already growing, like a tree you grew from a seed.

A “hero” plant can also be a beneficial plant to your environment. Many environmentally conscious customers like the idea of having the focal point in their garden also aid with local wildlife, a plant, tree or shrub that not only looks spectacular but can also help local insects, and birds thrive. For example the California fuchsia with thin red flowers attracts hummingbirds when it blooms in summer and fall, or the California milkweed which blooms with a round cluster of small white, pink or lavender flowers and can host the iconic monarch butterfly among others.

Supporting your Focal Point

Now that you’ve selected a focal point for your landscape you need to support it. Ideally you want eyes to naturally gravitate towards the focal point. There are a few different ways to provide support. Following the rules of 3rds is a great way to get started. Imagine your landscape is a canvas, divide it into a 3×3 grid pattern. The focal point should be placed either in the left or right side of the grid but never the middle. The rule of 3rds gives your landscape more depth, and is more visually dynamic.

You can design your landscape to have walkways, hardscape, walls, or flower beds to guide your eyes towards your focal point. Don’t forget that at night, your landscape design can change depending on the amount of light available. Lighting can be used to emphasize focal points during evenings. A plant or tree can blend into the surroundings during the day, but once the sun sets can be the “hero” of your landscape.

How would you feel with a yard expressly designed to fit your unique home and personality?

Our staff is dedicated to delivering unique landscapes that 100% fit the needs of homeowners. Each yard is designed in-house by our landscape designer. Our expertise and experience in the cities of Long Beach, Lakewood, Seal Beach, Rossmoor & surrounding communities allows us to custom design the perfect landscape for you.

Your project is carefully managed by our team of experts. Whether you are looking to turn your front yard into a showpiece or creating the backyard of your dreams we are here to help. Fill out our Landscape Design request for landscape to fit your aesthetic today. Feel free to call us at (562) 225-9460 or get a free quote for the project you have in mind.

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Items to Consider When Selecting a Garden Hose

Watering is an important part of maintaining your landscape design and a garden hose is a common way to get to those spots your irrigation system may be missing. Although in Southern California being water conscious is important, it’s equally important to keep your yard looking as good as possible. There are a few items to consider when choosing the correct garden hose for your property. It’s not as obvious as grabbing an expensive hose off the shelf at your local garden center. Many homeowners are unsure as to what to look for when buying a garden hose. Depending on the type of hose you use, it can make watering your garden feel like a relaxing hobby or a troublesome chore.

Many elements of a garden hose go ignored by homeowners, we’ll go over a few items to pay attention to when buying your next garden hose.

Durability and Material

With a few exceptions, garden hoses are made of rubber, vinyl or polyurethane. Though the most hoses used  in homes is made from rubber, as this material typically is more durable and less likely to kink. Vinyl hoses cost and weigh less, but they’re typically not as durable as the rubber counterpart. Rubber hoses are heavier and can cost more, but are often more durable and less likely to kink. Hoses made of a combination of vinyl and rubber tend to be a good midrange solution. They’re usually more affordable than rubber hoses and more durable than vinyl hoses.

When shopping for a garden hose, you’ll often come across labels such as light duty, medium dusty, heavy duty, super duty. You may be inclined to purchase a super duty hose expecting it to be the best, however when it comes to garden hoses its best practice buy only what you need. If your needs require a short distance over grass, there is no need to carry around a super duty hose as it will weigh more and do the same job as a light or medium duty hose while not requiring the durability of the super duty hose. Though if you need to drag the hose over gravel and rougher terrain, or if the hose is going to be under the blistering sun, then a heavy or super duty hose should be preferred.

Storage

The sun can cause rubber in hoses to degrade over time. To increase the longevity of your hose, consider storing your hose in a container or a shady side of your home. There are many decorative storage solutions as well. Reel’s can be installed either on the side of the home near the hose bib. These are commonly used due to their affordability and simplicity though there is a market for decorative reels that can accent your landscape design, or hidden reels to avoid seeing it at all. A popular choice is to hide it in a decorative hose pot.

Attachments

Though you can definitely water your plants without any attachment, we’ve all put our thumb at the end of a hose to shower our gardens. Having an attachment for your hose is incredibly useful. Nozzles and water wands are the most useful when watering due to their versatility in watering options. Sprinkler heads can be used when you don’t have the time to focus on your yard and garden.

The attachment point from the hose bib to the hose is also important. Quality hoses often have a plastic or rubber “collar” extending perhaps four to six inches up the hose from the main connection point. This reduces the odds of a kink or split near the spigot, where they commonly occur.

Kink Control

Sadly there is no such thing as a kink free hose. Many may be advertised as being  kinkfree but even they will occasionally kink. Many times the best way to control the kink is to buy the appropriate hose. Thicker, heavier duty hoses may kink more often due to being more rigid. If hose kinks are your main concern, lighter duty hoses often make it easier to remove the kink by tugging on it.

How would you feel with a yard expressly designed to fit your unique home and personality?

Our staff is dedicated to delivering unique landscapes that 100% fit the needs of homeowners. Each yard is designed in-house by our landscape designer. Our expertise and experience in the cities of Long Beach, Lakewood, Seal Beach, Rossmoor & surrounding communities allows us to custom design the perfect landscape for you.

Your project is carefully managed by our team of experts. Whether you are looking to turn your front yard into a showpiece or creating the backyard of your dreams we are here to help. Fill out our Landscape Design request for landscape to fit your aesthetic today. Feel free to call us at (562) 225-9460 or get a free quote for the project you have in mind.

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Paint Your Lawn to Be Water Conscious

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During fall and winter you may have spotted people painting either their lawns or golf courses  and wondered, what are they doing?

It’s very likely their lawns are beginning to show imperfections due to the changing seasons and are painting their grass to hide them. During the colder seasons, some landscaping companies offer their customers to paint their lawn. 

This isn’t just to hide brown spots and be water conscious but also to keep the appeal of a vivid green lawn during cold or dry seasons.

What exactly is lawn pain?

Unlike  automotive spray paint, which is toxic to plants and animals, lawn paint typically consists of 100% biodegradable pigments that coat the grass and can protect it from the changes in weather, or used to hide damage caused by pets, and pests.

Join me as we explore why homeowners are choosing to paint their lawns, and the benefits that come with it.

Benefits of Painting Your Lawn

Painting your lawn is a quick and easy solution that is typically used to hide imperfections in your lawn such as dog urine, dry patches or disease. 

If you are one of the many Californians that decided to use drought tolerant grass, you’ll know that during the autumn and winter seasons your lawn begins to go into a dormancy period where it looks like it’s dying. No matter how much you water it, it’s not going to continue to grow during this time. This is to be expected with drought tolerant grasses. 

If your grass isn’t the drought tolerant variety, painting your lawn can mitigate climate stress and discoloration temporarily, giving you more time to find a more permanent solution whether it’s to amend your soil, re sod, or re seed.

Painting your lawn doesn’t only affect how your lawn looks, but allows your home to look appealing year round. Maintaining curb appeal if you are interested in renting, selling or simply enjoy your landscape design.

Painting Your Lawn to Conserve Water

When you paint your lawn, you not only get the lush green desired color it can vastly reduce the use of your sprinkler system for the season. This’ll save you money on your water bill by avoiding unnecessary water run off. Though sprinklers can be a great tool to save time, traditional sprinkler systems aren’t as efficient at conserving water even when using automatic timers. Drip irrigation is better for conserving water, however water you don’t use is water you’ve conserved.

Lawn maintenance and care though economical can be time consuming. By having your lawn painted it can give you the freedom of time to find an appropriate solution instead of re-sodding the damaged area. Lawn paint lets you get the vibrant green you desire while fighting disease, pests or waiting for your drought tolerant grass to leave its dormancy period.

Should you Paint your Lawn?

If you are looking to save money, heal your lawn or conserve water, painting your lawn is definitely a great solution. There are plenty of do it yourself (DIY) options for lawn paint at your garden centers or home improvement stores if you prefer to do things hands on. Though if you’re not experienced, you’ll need to be careful as overspray can permanently stain. Hiring a professional service can result in little to no overspray which can keep your mind at ease.

An alternative option is to replace grass altogether. Native plants are accustomed to our Southern California weather and should thrive even during droughts. Alternatively you can opt for biodegradable, pet friendly artificial turf which never requires watering and will look lush and green year round. 

How would you feel with a yard expressly designed to fit your unique home and personality?

Our staff is dedicated to delivering unique landscapes that 100% fit the needs of homeowners. Each yard is designed in-house by our landscape designer. Our expertise and experience in the cities of Long Beach, Lakewood, Seal Beach, Rossmoor & surrounding communities allows us to custom design the perfect landscape for you.

Your project is carefully managed by our team of experts. Whether you are looking to turn your front yard into a showpiece or creating the backyard of your dreams we are here to help. Fill out our Landscape Design request for landscape to fit your aesthetic today. Feel free to call us at (562) 225-9460 or get a free quote for the project you have in mind.

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Fall Tips to Keep Your Landscaping Looking Great in Long Beach

Summer has ended and with it, it took the long warm days that many plants need to grow. Fall can still be a great time to enjoy your landscape as you can sit back and watch the leaves change color to reds and oranges. 

Just because plants tend to grow less during autumn, it doesn’t mean there is no work to be done. Today we’ll go through a few tips you should follow in order to keep your landscape looking beautiful even with the changing seasons.

Last Cut of the Year

Lawns tend to be one of the largest elements of any landscaping project, you should mow your lawn until it stops growing. During fall many drought tolerant lawns begin to go into dormancy and turn brown. If this is your first year experiencing this do not be frightened, this is normal. Cut your lawn short to prevent it from matting and being damaged by pests or diseases. 

If your lawn continues to grow throughout the year, consider keeping the grass a minimum of 3 inches tall so that it can better absorb sunlight.

Amend your Soil

Fall is the best time to amend your soil, as microfauna begin to break down your soil in both fall and winter. This organic matter then becomes available as a nutrient for plants to thrive in during spring. If you miss this opportunity, you can still amend your soil in spring though it’s best done during the fall.

Aerating your soil is season dependent. If your soil is compacted, fall is the best time to have it aerated professionally. This will allow hard soil to more easily absorb rain water, compost and other fertilizers you may be amending your soil with. 

If you are unsure with what to amend your soil, fall is a great time to get your soil tested. This test can determine what specific nutrients you need to grow your plants.

Check on your Mulch

During autumn, mulch will provide insulation and warmth to plant roots. Mulch allows for microorganisms to stay active longer in the colder seasons, and retains water better. This can allow your soil to retain its nutrients for longer.

For garden and flower beds that already have mulch, simply turning the mulch should be enough to provide its benefits during the fall. It will also give your garden and flower beds a fresh look without adding more mulch. Though you should replenish mulch every 3 to 5 years or whenever the layer of mulch is less than 2 inches thick.

Maintain your Hardscape

Pathways, fountains, rock and stones are best maintained during the fall. In the fall temperatures are more consistent throughout the day. Using sealant to fill in cracks and gaps may take a little bit longer to cure during cooler days, but you are less likely to see a failure point compared to summer days. 

Don’t forget that during the fall, your hardscape becomes more visible as leaves begin to pile on the ground. Keep up appearances by raking leaves from your landscape, fallen leaves can be unsightly. When wet, leaves can be incredibly slippery and cause an accident that can result in injury.

For the Bird Lovers

If you’re a lover of birds, autumn is the best season to set up bird feeders. Many migratory birds will migrate to Southern California during the colder seasons. With some luck you may spot some rare birds in your own backyard.

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