Drought-Tolerant Landscaping Ideas

Posted On: April 10, 2015

Why Is Drought-Tolerant Landscaping a Good Idea? California’s new water restrictions carry hefty fines to help encourage households and businesses to curb water-wasting actions like watering plants and lawns during the day, washing your car, or even watering down your sidewalk or driveway. With this continued drought, landscapes and lawns that used to be green…

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California Water Restrictions: How to Comply With New Regulations

Posted On: April 4, 2015

Learn more ideas for drought tolerant landscaping in San Diego, CA, water incentives available in California, how to avoid penalties for water restrictions, and what you can do at home. Table of Contents What are the New California Water Restrictions? What is Prohibited for Everyone in California? What is Prohibited in San Diego? What are…

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Visit Us at the 2015 Spring Home and Garden Show

Posted On: March 3, 2015

The weekend includes various educational seminars and exhibits, and of course, everyone’s favorite: The Garden Masters Exposition. Last year, Eco Minded Solutions took home the gold medal for our Urban Wilderness design. We are excited to see the newest design innovations this year and look forward to meeting you at the event! Co-Founder Barry Thau…

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Eco-Friendly Yard Decorating Ideas for the Holidays

Posted On: December 16, 2014

Sustainable Christmas Tree Alternatives Rosemary Christmas Tree Instead of decorating with your typical wreaths and garlands, why not use drought-tolerant plants and herbs? Learn more in our local San Diego Planting Guide You can replace your Christmas tree with a Rosemary tree or a potted plant to save room and water, then re-purpose it for…

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Smart Landscaping Choices During a Drought

Posted On: March 6, 2014

While a few years ago many homeowners wanted to see the greenest yards possible, that trend has changed. “What we are seeing now is clients who want the same beautiful yard, but one that doesn’t need a ton of watering. We have developed specific strategies to work with homeowners to create lovely landscaping that is…

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Xeriscaping: Conserve Water While Maintaining a Lush Landscape

Posted On: January 2, 2014

The question is, what can homeowners do to soften the blow to their budgets while at the same time adding beauty to their properties and increasing the value of their homes? “Xeriscaping in San Diego doesn’t have to mean a ‘desert’ look,” said Bethany McDonnell, senior landscape designer at Eco Minded Solutions. “One of the…

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Big Tips for Small Space Landscaping

Posted On: September 5, 2013

When you own such a desired outdoor living area, why not take full advantage of every square inch of your small space? When you don’t have much room for landscaping, it is time to get creative to design a beautiful residence that is also highly functional. Designing for small spaces requires fresh thinking and a…

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Outdoor Rooms Carmel Valley

Posted On: March 28, 2013

For Barry Thau, of Eco Minded Solutions, the remedy was to rely largely on creating a sense of visual rather than actual space. His series of outdoor “rooms,”each dedicated to a specific activity, integrate with the interior of the house and flow naturally from one to another without feeling cramped or cluttered. “We tried to…

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Outdoor Living Spaces in San Diego

Posted On: March 1, 2013

Outdoor living spaces are the new way to go when it comes to outdoor entertaining. We all love our homes. Chances are you spent hours looking for the perfect home in San Diego or the surrounding areas. You spent countless hours decorating with just the right accents to enhance your home. However, many homeowners simply…

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More Trees, Less Turf

Posted On: June 24, 2011

This time, I want to blog about the virtues of trees. My love of trees may make be biased – they are my favorite part of a landscape, and the older and craggier they are, the better I like them. Salon just posted a slide show about some of the world’s great ancient trees. Fortunately,…

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