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New water law raises questions/anxiety By Dawn Hodson

Many details will need to be hashed out over the next few years based on the new Assembly Bill 1668 and Senate Bill 606. This article by Dawn Hodson of the Mountain Democrat Newspaper that we saw this morning for from our favorite source of both aggregated and original water news: Maven’s Notebook https://mavensnotebook.com/ We liked the candid insight and far reaching new policy implications regarding water rates, utility costs, ownership, and regional issues with El Dorado Irrigation District’s General Manager…
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Extreme Low Water Landscapes: Bekaa Valley, Lebanon

Excellent story by Anthony Elgohassin & photos by Sam Tarling: From cannabis to cabernet Farmers here used to grow cannabis and opium poppies destined for the hash and heroin trade. Now, they grow grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Tempranillo, and more. Working together in the Cooperative Coteaux d’Heliopolis—or the “Heliopolis Cooperative,” inspired by the Hellenic name for Baalbek, a major nearby town—farmers in the area have been supplying grapes to Lebanon’s largest wineries since the early 2000s The Bekka Valley, Lebanon Clear use…
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Los Altos Lounge Redux

Private Residential, Los Altos, California 2014 Services provided include Consultation & Design for Demolition, Installation of Italian Cypress privacy screen, cedar posts & cable rail, extension of gas line to pre-fabricated firepit, gravel, and basalt column fountain on basin with autofloat connected to updated irrigation system. Previous Before Picture
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Rocklin Front Renovation

Private Residential; Rocklin, California 2017 Hardscape, Planting & Lighting Design, Layout & Construction Consultation featuring one of our most drought tolerant landscapes yet, and room for creative planting & lighting design. New landscape walls feature veneer chosen by client, as well as formed and cast-in-place colored concrete cap with a bullnose face. Unique Brand LED wash lights on the new lawn, Led Uplights on the new olive and existing Japanese Maple, and a tree stake light 10′ off the ground…
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Grover Beach Outdoor Lounge

Private Residential, Grover Beach, California, Fall 2017 A Joint Venture with Leasure Concepts, this eccentric modernist project featured a complex geometric consisting of horizontal board 1×4 and 1×6 stained Redwood that also carried through to the spa, outdoor shower, benches, and the outdoor kitchen. The spa featured a large wood frame with cantilevered steps to enter, an eye level gas fire pan, and a fountain weir to a basin below. The overhead arbor had sleek, clean corners and serves as…
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Mallorca Way Escape

Private Residential, Marina District, San Francisco, 2012 Services Provided: Design of Arbor, benches, planters, planting design, and construction consultation. This massive Ipe arbor with 6×6 posts was carefully installed to the new home with the appropriate stand-off ledger to preserve the weatherproofing of this newly built home just blocks from the Palace of Fine Arts. We added custom benches and cushions, and hid a propane tank for the fire table inside the corner. For other planters on top of an…
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Millbrae Mansion

Private Luxury Residential, Millbrae, California, 2015 Need the landscape of 1930’s Tudor Mansion planned, cost-estimated and coordination of the installation in less than three months for a critical deadline at one of the largest parcels of land in Millbrae? No problem, Low Water Landscapes can respond to critical situations. Need a plan of attack for 1,500 SF of synthetic turf, 900 SF of pavers, and 1,300 SF of new concrete walks and patios? How about $19,000 in privacy screen hedges,…
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Garden Labyrinth at Spanish Colonial Revival style home

Private Residential, Hillsborough, California, 2015. Services provided: Surveying, Design, Cost Administration, Construction Consultation. Front After Front After Front Before Cast in Place Concrete Seatwall by builder. Mortared Flagstone on concrete by builder, area drains hidden. Custom soil mix, 1/4″ drip emitters with 6″ emitter spacing & thyme groundcover. Four Hunter MP Rotators hidden in the center of the Labyrinth water the entire circular groundcover area and a dedicated supply line supplies the fountain via underground basin & autofloat. Rear Before.…
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Oakland Hills Succulent Cottage Garden

Residential, Oakland Hills, California, 2015 This 1920’s era Craftsman style home tucked into the Oakland hills is a gem of architectural details, however the lawn and overgrown boxwood hedge was not working for the owner. No amount of water through the inefficient spray nozzles and galvanized metal (pre-1975) sprinkler system was enough to stop the tired looking front yard from coming back.   After a site survey and feedback from the owner we decided on a modest sized synthetic lawn,…
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