How Does Xeriscaping Save Water?

Posted On: April 29, 2019

What Is Xeriscaping? Picture the natural landscape here in San Diego. Rocks, palms, succulents, cacti, and ground cover may come to mind. This is essentially what xeriscaping is—designing a landscape that mimics what naturally grows in the area to minimize the need for irrigation. People living in dry regions across the western U.S. have embraced…

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How (Not) to Maintain Your Xeriscape

Posted On: January 17, 2017

Here are tips from our landscape experts for maintaining and preserving your xeriscape to save time and money while beautifying your home. 1. Replace Your Lawn with Gravel & Unique Stones Replacing your lawn with gravel reduces maintenance time to almost zero. You’ll save water and money by saying goodbye to sprinklers and mowers! Gravel…

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Sustainable Luxury Home Remodeling: Tips, Ideas, and Inspirations

Posted On: May 25, 2015

There’s never a need to sacrifice the luxury you deserve, to live in a green and environmentally conscious home. In this blog, learn how a sustainable whole home remodeling project can add beauty, elegance and significant savings in water/energy usage. “What we are seeing now is clients who want the same beautiful yard, but one…

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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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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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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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The Five Tenets of Eco Landscaping

Posted On: March 3, 2011

1. Conserve Water There are many ways that you can reduce your outdoor water use, including use of: Professional irrigation assessments Drip or another type of irrigation system Rain barrels or cisterns Native plants Fescue grass or artificial turf 2. Limit Use of Chemical Fertilizers Eco landscape professionals avoid use of harsh chemical fertilizers that do…

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