Services include long term care, design, and construction. All aspects of garden and landscape settings are included such as entertainment, pools and water features, fine carpentry, masonry in the old world tradition, irrigation using the latest technology, sustainable practices to ensure long term results, plants that suit the area and provide interest and value, terracing and retaining, and our specialty in erosion control and difficult drainage problems.
Most established homes fall into this category unless landscaping was done thoughtfully in the beginning. A patio, deck or retaining wall may already be in place. The addition of planting and an architectural element may be all that is needed to really make it shine. Sometimes something was done wrong by an uninformed but well-meaning tree planter, and the garden has gotten out of hand. Sometimes restoration of an improperly pruned tree or hedgerow is needed.
A progressive process is used to ensure client satisfaction and comfort. As soon as possible, a budget is established based on the client’s needs and requests. Concepts are furnished to allow the client to custom suite the site to their everyday needs. We provide material samples, so you can hone in just the right look. We have a vast amount of historic garden knowledge, so your interests will be accounted for in the look and feel of the garden.
Carpentry projects have no limitations. The use of composite materials gives us the ability to create curves and many color options.
Decking does not have to follow a square pattern. Materials with recycled content do not need to be re-stained, and feature a wood grain finish within its profile.
Patios will often have adjacent elements such as fireplaces, cooking areas, water features, and statuary. Paving is the most practical outside element. It reflects the use of the home. Consider traffic flow, entertainment areas, sitting areas, meditation spots, and entryways. Heating can be built in.
Retaining walls that serve to hold up a hillside are generally to provide more space. Selection of materials is important if its being viewed often. Finish and color can be done in natural stone, or textured and colored cement.
We create unique designs to fit your outdoor space with a variety of materials. Some of the more popular solutions are stone retaining walls and decorative block retaining walls.
Rainwwater is the best that can be had; free of chemicals, it is the best for watering plants. Additionally it can be used for water features. There are many options to recirculate the water feature with a rainwater holding area.
Beyond just keeping up with the Joneses, curbside gardens are the first thing to greet you when you return home. They should be vibrant and speak to your personality. A garden offers many more opportunities for expression than just the home alone. A general rule of thumb is it should make sense and look tidy to people sauntering as well as hurriedly passing by. Once inside the garden, the pathway should provide interest and atmosphere.
Ponds have changed over the past couple of years. They need to be highly efficient in terms of energy use and maintenance. Most people will opt for at least some kind of flowing water feature, as it adds life and interest to the garden. For the Koi or nature enthusiast, a large pond is needed. I love large ponds, and use mine for watering landscape plants. I’ve also created waterways and eddies that my children spend hours splashing in.
A few thoughts on garden design. We cultivate a sense of security through the garden itself, by building a proportionately scaled framework. All elements tie together to create interest, sanctuary, vivacity, and relationship to nature.
One thing we don't speak of enough is our interest and experience in erosion control and drainage. We worked with a certified erosion control specialist, repelling down cliffs and planting plugs in hillsides for 7 years. We were able to provide erosion control measures to levels in the Sacramento Delta during emergency flood seasons for several years as subcontractors for the State of California and the City of Santa Cruz. Always a complicated topic, we have a great track record of improving and in most cases eliminating flooded basement and foundation problems.
Permeable Paving has been the fastest growing type of installation that we do. It can be made in concrete, interlocking pavers, and as gravel encased resin. It allows a site to be flatter, acts as drainage field on its own, and serves to hold precious water onsite that can later be used for plants.