We understand that you want to lower your water bill, while doing your part for the environment by reducing water usage. This is a good direction to go in! However, sometimes people think that this means that they need to rip out their old grass and replace it with hardscape, but there is another solution.
When most people think of lawn, they think of the old type of turf that needs constant tending in the form of mowing and watering. There are other types of grass, and one of these is fescue (
What’s more, some counties even offer rebate programs for replacing your old lawns to save water:
As we head into the “dog days” of summer, the soil is dry, which is not the ideal time to install new plantings.
This is an ideal time to work on the PLANNING stages of your garden!
At Landsystems, we offer a free consultation so that we can figure out the best plan to suit your home and needs. Once it’s agreed upon, we can start the design process.
Our team starts with a conceptual plan which becomes the critical communication piece of the first phase of the project. We can work with the client’s base plan (the house located on the property, with the property lines), or develop one if needed.
We offer a flat rate price for the conceptual plan, which includes three revisions, a preliminary budget, and visits to material yards and other applicable project sites. This is unique to our industry, as most landscape architects charge by the hour.
At the end of the conceptual plan phase (which usually takes about three-four weeks), the client has a plan that they are completely satisfied with, as well as a detailed understanding of their estimated budget for the construction of the project.
Sound good? Let’s get PLANNING!
Summer on the Peninsula is the time to get outdoors, and no better way to spend a day than at one of our local festivals.
Here at Landsystems, we see this as a great opportunity to do outreach and education on what we do. This year we have had tables at Woodside Earth Day, Los Altos Art & Wine Festival, and Menlo Summerfest. Don’t worry if you missed those, there are still more festivals to attend! Hope to see you there!
Palo Alto Festival of the Arts
August 26-27, 2017
Mountain View Art & Wine Festival
Sept 9-10, 2017
San Carlos Art & Wine Faire
Oct 7-8, 2017
If you only have one time to water, should you do it in the morning or in the evening?
The answer might surprise you.
We suggest watering in the evening because to get the most use out of the water that you use. The sun causes the water to evaporate, so if you water in the evening you are actually conserving water and the plants gets more.
One caution is that leaves may stay moist so don’t spray the leaves in the evening. A soaker hose is a great option.
Tax-time, holiday time – all can add to stress this time of the year.
In the 1980s in Japan, they came up with a term “shinrin-yoku” which means “taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing.” It has become a building block of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine.
This weekend, remember to take some time away from the stresses and distractions of daily life and relax under the canopy of a living forest, and let the beauty of nature bathe you in its healing properties.