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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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Types of Landscaping to Consider for Your Long Beach Home

You’ve decided that you’re finally ready to get your landscaping professionally done. That’s great! Now it’s time for you to decide on what type of landscape you’ll want for your Long Beach home.

There are many types to choose from to fit the style and budget of anyone. As to not overwhelm you, today we’re going to go through the different types we offer at MC Landscaping. You can use this to choose the overall theme and style, or to incorporate some features when deciding your landscaping design.

English Garden Style

An English garden uses more geometric shapes like squares, rectangles and ovals to organize the different plants in the landscape. Its design style is to emphasize contrasts. An example is  you can have neatly trimmed hedges, but at the base there is a bed of wild flowers. This style attempts to use materials used to build the home like brick or stone to create garden walls, columns, ponds and other features. This makes the landscaping feel like an extension of the home, not just “the yard”. Ideally the plants you choose from should change along with the seasons. These require a great deal of maintenance to keep their aesthetic.

Organic Gardens

Organic gardens are ideal for homeowners concerned with sustainability, as well as staying away from chemical pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. Organic garden landscaping creates and maintains a natural sustaining system where soil, plant nutrition and plant health is accomplished without the use of those chemicals.This type of landscaping uses an abundance of mulch, typically being topped off yearly. Without this layer of mulch, your soil can become dry which makes it difficult for some plants to naturally grow a strong root system. Mulch benefits the landscape in more ways than one, including feeding microfauna to keep your soil loose and healthy. 

Drought Resistant Landscaping

Unfortunately Southern California often suffers with droughts. To help conserve water and maintain beautiful landscaping, many homeowners have begun to design their landscapes to be drought resistant. This typically means removing many of the old dying plants and replacing them with plants native to your area or plants from areas with similar climates and conditions. A drought resistant lawn will still have the bright green grass so many love to see, though usually not year round due to a dormancy period though some choose to paint the grass during this period. Instead of letting plants dry up and die during times of water scarcity, a drought resistant landscape will provide plants that won’t mind the lack of water.

Oriental Landscape

Oriental landscapes have defining hardscape elements such as a bridge, archway or stone walkway. By design an oriental garden provides refuge filled with eastern mysticism. It is meant to be a place of both relaxation and movement. People should engage with an oriental landscape design by walking through different pathways leading to the different features. If budget allows oriental landscapes, a koi pond can be an option to add an authentic oriental experience.

Modern Landscape

With clean edges and a clean look the modern landscape is designed to fit a contemporary home or to contrast with a traditional rustic architecture. Modern landscaping is characterized by the use of sleek, smooth and refined stylings. Generally the modern style emphasizes the architecture and building material over the plants and trees. Stone, concrete, hardwoods and metals are used to shape a modern landscape design.

Tropical Landscape

 Tropical landscapes are meant to be lush, bright, and vivid. Plants such as bromeliads, orchids and hibiscus are often used in garden beds or containers for their bright colors. Large leaved plants  like elephant ear or birds or paradise provide large areas of coverage like a tropical jungle. Due to tropical landscaping being filled with different plants, decor is often overlooked. Decorative stones not only provide a different texture to the abundance of plants, they retain heat which is helpful in regulating temperatures for some tropical plants. Tropical landscapes are also great environments for birds to come and visit, if you are a lover of birds a birdbath can be a great addition to a tropical 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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How Your Sprinkler Design is Critical to Supporting Your Landscaping Vision

Sprinkler systems range from smart to timer based.

When designing your landscape, the sprinkler system is going to be what makes sure your plants get the required water as efficiently as possible. Although in the past yards would be designed with a few sprinkler heads that spray water in an area for a few minutes, now we know there are better ways of doing things.

Today we’ll go through a number of things to keep in mind when designing the sprinkler system to support your landscaping vision for years to come.

Zones

When you speak with our designers, they will mention landscape zones. This is a term used to separate portions of the landscape such as your lawn, garden or potted plants. Zones are used to determine specific areas and how they are supposed to be irrigated. 

For example your lawn will require a different volume of water compared to a vegetable garden. If you were to use the same amount of water for both you could over water and drown plants in one zone while a different zone remains too dry. By separating your landscape through different zones you can use an irrigation controller to make sure each zone gets the perfect amount of water. This will help your lawn and plants to thrive while conserving water.

Types of Irrigation

In order for your landscape to look great and grow throughout the years you’ll need to water it. There are no exceptions. You can choose to do the watering yourself with a hose however, every zone may require different watering needs. Although watering a vegetable garden can be calming for some, many people don’t have the luxury of time to water their entire lawn. 

To solve watering issues there are a couple of popular options for irrigation that can be used in different zones to fulfill different watering needs.

Lawn Sprinkler System

This is the classic go to system many people use to water their lawns. Although it is no longer the most efficient form of irrigation, it’s still a great option when you need to water a large area such as a lawn. During hotter seasons it’s best to use sprinklers either early in the morning or in the evening after the sun has gone down to reduce water loss to evaporation.

Drip Irrigation System

Less is more with drip irrigation systems. With drip irrigation water slowly drips through irrigation tubing allowing you to fine tune how much water plants will receive. Due to tubing often being shaded by the plant or mulch, there is little evaporation even during the hottest days.

Irrigation Controller

An irrigation controller is used to regulate how much water is being used for each zone of your landscape. Though there are a few options you have for controllers as well. 

Smart Controller

Smart controllers are relatively new to the market, but have shown that being able to be controlled by a smartphone or tablet is convenient and efficient. By allowing them to connect to the internet, they can access meteorological databases, have sensors built into the controller or both to ensure efficient watering of your property. 

Smart controllers like the Rachio 3 can be purchased with 4 -16 different zone counts to allow for flexible irrigation tailored to your yard. 

Standard Irrigation Controller

Simple, yet cost effective, standard controllers are typically used when installing basic sprinkler systems. These controllers can use local weather conditions to regulate the amount of water used when you turn on the sprinkler system. Or may have a setting for seasonal adjustments allowing you to increase watering during summer and reduce watering during winter.

Battery Operated Controller

With many of the same features as standard irrigation controllers, battery operated controllers give you the freedom of having the controller installed without the need of a power source. Many come with small solar panels to recharge the internal battery. While others can function without issues for up to 3 years with two AA batteries.

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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Pros and Cons of a Pond as Part of Your Landscaping Design

Ponds can be a great addition to your landscape and a relaxing hobby

Featuring a pond in your landscaping brings an amazing calmness to your home that you can enjoy year round. Especially in Southern California where you don’t need to worry about water freezing. Ponds aren’t for everybody but if you have the space for it, love the sounds and visuals appeal it can bring, you should consider installing one. A pond can take advantage of otherwise empty space in your yard or garden. 

Like many things in this world there are some pros and cons of having a pond in your landscaping design.Today we’re going to go through some of them with the hopes that by the end of it you can decide if a pond is the right choice for you. 

Pros

A major positive for a pond is it’s a power design element that draws immediate attention. The visual appeal of a pond can be the single most aesthetically pleasing feature you can add to your landscape. In some areas a pond can also increase your property’s value.

With a pond you can incorporate Koi, Goldfish, turtles and other aquatic animals to your yard. Incorporating a pond can be both lively and calming, because you have a little bit of nature in your own backyard.

When you design a pond for your property, you have creative freedom to add as much or as little as you’d like. You can decide on a minimalist approach with just a body of water, a quiet internal filter, a few plants and goldfish to give you a simple yet beautiful addition to your garden. Or you can get all the bells and whistles; waterfalls, plants, koi, and hardscape. Outside of a budget, the only limit to a pond design is your imagination.

A well maintained pond can give you that luxury of relaxing in nature without leaving your home.  

Cons

Unfortunately any man made body of water will require some level of maintenance. For a backyard pond this means cleaning filters, testing water conditions, feeding fish, trimming plants and making sure the water level doesn’t get too low due to evaporation. Although this can seem like too much work for those with busy schedules, many people enjoy maintaining their ponds as a hobby. If you choose to have your pond maintained professionally the costs of maintaining a pond can be a deal breaker for some. As you need to include the cost of water, food and professional care.

When designing a pond you need to be aware of your local wildlife, although a pond can bring in beautiful wild birds to drink and bathe in the water. Bodies of water also attract mosquitos which can be a nuisance. You can stock your pond with fish to eat the pests but stocking your pond with fish can attract unwanted animals like birds of prey, racoons, stray cats and other animals that see the fish in your pond as a potential meal.

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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Decorative Mulch… What Does it Really do?

Mulch is a nutritional base for many plants used for landscaping

I’m sure you’ve seen wood chips or bark around plants and in gardens, and maybe you’ve wondered what it is and why people use it so often.

The chips are known as mulch, and there are many different options for mulch as well as a number of benefits for using it. 

What is mulch?

Mulch is a layer of material which is applied to the surface of your soil. Simple enough however, there are many ways to use it, from benefiting the growth of vegetables in your garden to adding some color to make some landscaping features stand out. 

Join me as we learn some of the nuances of mulch and why it’s so good for your landscape.

Why use Mulch?

A big reason right now to use mulch, is that it helps prevent water from evaporating from your soil. This allows you to conserve more water while maintaining the health of your plants and trees. 

Mulch can be used nearly anywhere in your landscape project, and when maintenance is done it should be replaced when necessary. Because mulch is almost always wood chips or bark, it will decompose over time. This is actually a benefit though, as it decomposes it enriches the soil under it with nutrients it may otherwise never get. Soil with high levels of sand can especially benefit from the decomposition of mulch because it not only gains nutrients, it also gains the ability to better retain water. Once again helping with water conservation.

A layer of hay or straw over a flower bed or garden bed can also help control weeds. Typically weeds will not be able to break through the layer of mulch. If you feel like you want a natural pest control use cypress or cedar chips. These trees contain natural chemicals and oils that deter insects. Cedar chips in particular can even kill insects like cockroaches. Though they may also be too heavy for smaller plants to grow from seed. In these cases it’s better to use established plants that can get transplanted.

Increase Curb Appeal with Mulch

Mulch can instantly add a splash of color and a nice finished look to your home. Mulch comes in a variety of colors, materials and sizes. Common organic materials include:

  • Hard/softwood chips
  • Bark
  • Evergreen needles
  • Grass trimming
  • Cut leaves

A dark wood chip mulch can contrast with flowers allowing them to stand out. You can also improve the theme and design of your landscape by adding red or brown bark to complement a brick wall. 

Mulch can also be In-organic materials such as:

  • Lava rock
  • Stones
  • Crushed stone/pebbles
  • Rubber

Stones and pebbles can be used to make walkways and paths. These rarely need to be replenished making them cost effective as they’re a one time investment of material and labor. Although the stone may look appealing, it’s best not to use it on trees and other plants. The stones retain heat which can cook roots and kill your plants during hot days.

For play areas, you can use pulverized rubber as mulch. This is inexpensive and usually made from recycled tires. It can prevent children from injuring themselves during play time while accenting other parts of your landscape and architecture. Rubber mulch doesn’t decompose like organic mulch, making it a poor choice for any other parts of your landscape. Its uncertain if rubber can leach toxins into soil as well, for that reason we recommend you keep it away from any plants.

When Should I Replace My Mulch?

The tell tale signs you should replace or replenish your mulch is if you begin to notice signs of decomposition, discoloration or soil erosion.  Try to maintain your organic mulch 2-3 inches deep. This will provide you with the best results. You may have to replenish every year or every other year depending on the amount of mulch, the weather, foot traffic and watering habits. Usually you won’t need to replace your mulch for 5-6 years. 

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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What Supporting Features of Your Landscape Design are You Interested in?

Landscaping features are a personal choice that suits your needs and design preferences.

For supporting features in your landscape, there are no wrong answers. Whatever it is that you love to see, smell or feel is what you should have installed. After all, this is your home, and your design inputs are necessary. 

Speaking of design, what options do you have?

Today let’s cover what supporting features are available for your landscape design as well as the importance of asking about them during the designing portion of the project.

Designing Your Landscape

When designing your landscape there are a few themes you can get started with. These include:

  • Drought tolerant
  • Xeriscape
  • Waterwise
  • Low Maintenance
  • Contemporary
  • Mediterranea
  • Modern
  • Tropical
  • Edible Garden
  • English Garden

Let’s say you’ve chosen the theme for your landscape as an example you chose an Edible Garden theme. During the appointment with our designer let them know what features you are looking for in your garden and what kinds of plants you intend to grow. This can make it easier for us to provide a more unique design suited for you. At this moment it is best to ask about  supporting features. These can include items such as:

  • Rock features
  • Lighting
  • Decorations 
  • Garden Gnomes
  • Statues
  • Water Features

Nothing is off the table as long as supporting features are included in the designing phase of the project. Though it’s fine to change your mind, be aware that any changes after the design phase may be more difficult to incorporate and may take more time to provide.

What Supporting Features Does MC Landscaping Offer?

Ideally when choosing supporting features you’ll want to remain within the theme of the landscaping. But if you want to have a water feature like a fountain in a drought tolerant landscape that is perfectly fine as well.

Rock features

Rock features vary from large decorative boulders to small polished pebbles. Large boulders are great for larger landscapes to be seen from a distance or provide structure for other, smaller or complementary landscape features.

Making an impression at driveway entrances with large boulders or using them to retain soil for terracing a gentle slope. 

Using  stones for walkways can add color and texture to your landscape while providing a durable and beautiful feature.

Polished pebbles and river rocks pair well with water features as they aim to create a natural looking element to your landscape. Using small rocks like these strategically can also help with water run off and drainage.

Lighting

Lighting can be used to accent certain features in the evening. Even water features can be visible at night with underwater lights. This illumination adds a different view to your landscape after the sun goes down. 

Spotlights can be installed at the base of trees or architectural features to highlight and draw attention to them during the evening.

Adding walkway or garden lights can increase visibility of pathways to avoid damaging the landscape, injuring yourself or guests.

Decorations

Decorations include lawn statues, garden gnomes, bird feeders, artwork and honestly anything else you can think of that might make your landscape unique to you. Although these can be added after the landscaping is done, we recommend you include the idea of adding decorations during the design phase to better incorporate them to the landscape.

Water Features

Water features can be used to create a sense of tranquility in your lawn or back yard. Waterfalls and fountains give soothing sounds while making your landscape feel alive with the sounds of moving water. Aquatic gardens or ponds can bring the feeling of calmness.

Though you don’t necessarily have to choose one or the other. Many people love the sound of moving water while having it connected to aquatic gardens or koi ponds.

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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 Lover of Birds? Landscape Design that Can Welcome them to Your Garden

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Do you love birds but find it difficult to make the time to go on dedicated bird watching trips?

Did you know you can design a naturalistic landscape that can bring the beautiful birds of your area to your own back or front yard.

Join me as we discover how you can transform your yard from a generic yard into a paradise for birds and bird lovers alike.

Design Theme

When you make an appointment with our designers, keep in mind the theme of your landscape. Oftentimes for naturalistic designs we’ll recommend rounded bed lines as they’re more natural than straight edges. Keep in mind if you want to attract birds you’ll need to consider how the landscape will look from above not just surface level. Birds love seeing dense vegetation, and layered foliage.

Using round shapes is nothing new and is often used without a natural design in mind. Wildlife sees round shapes and circles as a natural shape. In nature everything from berries to flowers appear round.

Native Plants

If you are looking to attract birds native to southern California it’s only natural to have a native landscape using local grown and regional plants,trees and grass. Having exotic plants that look attractive to us may dissuade local birds as they may not recognize those plants and instead avoid your yard. Birds will recognize native plants like sunflowers or black elderberry shrubs as a healthy food source or safe shelter.

Consider that for birds to feel safe they prefer plants to be layered, dense, and diverse. The smaller birds will want to hide and feel safe from other wildlife or stray cats. Denser vegetation is also more suitable for birds to nest in which can turn your yard into a permanent residence for some of your local birds.

An additional benefit of having native plants in your landscape is that since they are native to our climate, they can thrive even during heavy droughts. With plants that are accustomed to the local weather means you can give birds a home year round, while also conserving water during droughts and saving money on your water bill.

Features Birds Love

Having a natural looking and inviting landscape is the main thing that will attract birds. However if you want to enjoy watching them consider installing a few key features that nearly every bird enjoys.

Birds love to bathe, they need it to clean their feathers from dust and debris. Not to mention they need to cool down after a hot day too.

Although native plants provide food and shelter it’s a good idea to incorporate bird feeders with bird seed or nectar to attract more birds. Since bugs and insects are also a healthy food source, plan for your landscape to use minimal pesticides.

Not all birds make nests in trees to increase the amount of birds visiting your yards, try including bird houses into the landscape. These are often used by swallows, sparrows and even some bluebird species.

Would you like to improve your landscaping?

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 a landscape designed to attract birds to your home. 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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Landscape Lighting Options

Outdoor Lighting comes in all shapes and sizes.

Landscapes can look amazing once complete but don’t forget that at night it won’t be visible without incorporating some landscape lighting. When designing your dream landscape you need to remember that you’ll want to be able to admire it after dark, not just during the day.  

Luckily there are a few options available to choose from when it comes to lighting. From DIY (do it yourself) friendly options to solar powered or hardwired lights low voltage LED lighting systems. Let’s explore what option you have to be able to appreciate your landscape design in the evening. 

Different Types of Landscape Lighting

If from the beginning you have an idea of how you want your landscape to look after the sun goes down, make sure to let our designer know about it when discussing your concept. We offer a variety of low voltage LED lighting system features which include more than just lighting up the plants. We can provide the following:

  • Pathlights
  • Uprights
  • Spotlight
  • Wall Wash Lights
  • Palm Tree Spotlights
  • Stair Lighting
  • Flag Lighting
  • Color Changing Lights
  • Wifi/Smart Controlled Lighting System

At MC Landscaping LLC, we understand that you are investing resources and time into making your project come to life. We work closely with top rated professionals with years of experience in order to bring your vision to light, day or night. 

Lighting What Matters

Lighting up your landscape may seem simple at first, however it’s a bit more involved that at first glance. Although you may think you want the entire landscape to be visible at night, you may need to consider the color of the light, the position of the light, how long the lights will be on after dark, what feature is going to be visible and even the shadow casted by the feature.

Depending on the landscape design you may want more path or stair light to illuminate where you or your guests are walking. Perhaps you want a spotlight on some beautiful trees. Or want to change the color of your landscape lights to match the season. A smart controlled light system can help you change the color of the lights or when they turn on or off with just your smartphone .The possibilities are endless.

DIY

If you decide to do the lighting yourself, in today’s age of information there is almost always that option. Usually the DIY option is a bit simpler than when done by professionals but rewarding in its own way nonetheless. 

You can find many solar powered landscaping lights with either the solar panel attached to the light itself or a kit with the solar panel can be set up away from the landscape to power up a few spotlights. However you are limited by the available options, making it difficult to highlight some of the landscape.

If you have an outdoor service outlet it’s possible to use some plug in LED lights. These usually don’t require electrical experience and typically are plug and play. Though you won’t be able to escape getting your hands dirty as you’ll want to hide any cables in the mulch or soil to get a clean look.

Would you like to improve your landscaping?

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 a landscaping redesign and remember to ask about our lighting options. 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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When You Think of Landscaping, What Comes to Mind?

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What is Landscaping?

When thinking of landscaping it’s only natural to think of a beautiful lawn, garden, or robust hardscape and landscaping.  Keep in mind that depending on your vision you will want to consider how long the project will take and what will be needed to keep the landscape feature thriving.

That’s what we’re going to cover today, what things should come to mind when thinking about landscaping.


How Long Will it Take?

Every project has a different timeline based on the goals and the scope of landscaping. Some smaller projects can take as little as 2 days such as adding a couple of plants to accent a pathway or wall. Although most designs typically will take anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks from designing to finish.

At MC Landscaping LLC we’ll discuss your landscaping needs and project ideas. Whether you have a design in mind or would like our team of professionals to start from scratch. Our in-house designer will then go over the details with you and breakdown all the necessary steps to get the project done so you never have to worry if we’re on schedule or not.

Overall Design

We offer many different styles of landscaping to fit your needs. Some clients prefer a design to fit the aesthetic architecture of their home, others would rather take advantage of the native plants to Long Beach to conserve water.  We’d love the opportunity to produce a themed landscape design. When you make your appointment with our designer try to keep in mind what kind of landscape you’re looking for. 

  • Drought Tolerant
  • Xeriscape
  • Low Maintenance
  • Contemporary
  • Mediterranean
  • Modern
  • Tropical
  • Waterwise
  • Cottage Garden
  • Edible/Vegetable Garden
  • English Garden

Drought tolerant and water wise landscapes are very popular right now due to the drought we’re experiencing in Southern California. Drought tolerant landscapes include drought resistant lawns[insert like to drought resistant grass article] which can provide a lush vibrant grass even during dry seasons. Water wise plants that can thrive with minimal watering. A xeriscape can minimize or eliminate the use of irrigation. Xeriscape uses plants that are native to Southern California or plants that are native to areas with similar climates to ours. 

If you are looking to grow your own vegetables but are having a hard time starting, we can provide the necessary soil, garden bed and even plants to get you going. It can be difficult to prepare a garden if your soil doesn’t have the right composition. 

For those of you who are looking for beautiful yet affordable landscapes, you can ask about a low maintenance landscape. This includes gravel or stone pathways, artificial turf that never needs watering or mowing, or succulents which require much less watering yet provide a vibrant green that many people love.

Watering Methods

Depending on the type of landscape design you selected, you now need to provide water to your new yard, lawn or overall landscaping.

But what kind of methods are there? Do you need anything special? 

You don’t necessarily need any kind of special tools or watering techniques. If you’re inclined to do so you could just manually water your landscape with a garden hose; however, that requires time and patience, and can be done automatically with different types of irrigation systems.

Many homes already have sprinkler systems but would require modifying and adjusting the sprinkler heads to spray towards the new plants that need water. Alternatively you can adapt existing sprinkler systems into drip irrigation systems which can be moved to whatever the new design requires.

If this is the first time you’re going to have an irrigation system you can choose to have a new sprinkler system installed though this can be a costly installation. Though the convenience of a sprinkler system cannot be understated, with the exception of general maintenance and remembering that during rainy seasons you shouldn’t turn them on, a sprinkler system is very hands off.

Drip irrigation systems offer some of the benefits from sprinkler systems but use water far more efficiently. These can be controlled with smartphones or manually depending on how hands on you want to be. Drip irrigation can keep plant roots adequately moist while saving you water, and limiting water run off which is a waste of water and money.

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 a landscaping redesign to be water conscious today. Feel free to call us at (562) 225-9460 or get a free quote for the project you have in mind.