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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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Environmentally Sustainable Landscaping

Low Water Landscaping Helps Homeowners Protect Against Wild Fires in California

In the wake of recent tragic wildfires in California, many homeowners are looking for way to better protect their property against quickly spreading groundfires that have devastated much of the state. Tree fire risk mitigation, native plant installation, fire resistant earthworks and reinforced irrigation systems are only a few of the ways that your property’s landscaping can be optimized for fire resistance! Also, extra features such as bridges, decorative walkways, and a shaded fireplace add additional protection to your yard¬≠¬≠…
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How can I reduce water usage on my residential property?

Water and water rights are two of California’s most divisive political issues. Due to the reliable seasonal rainfall, water is a very limited resource in the most populous U.S. state. As debates rage about whether the state should increase the redistribution of water to its large agricultural and urban sectors, or increase conservation and preserve the natural ecosystems of the water sources, property owners are faced with hard choices in regards to water usage. For those who wish to lower…
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Environmentally Sustainable Landscaping

Rising cost of water encouraging California homeowners to embrace low water landscaping

As reported by the Fitch Rating Agency, residents of drought devastated California can expect to pay more for water in 2016 as utilities pass on the cost of mandatory conservation measures to customers. Facing a record-breaking drought, In 2015 California adopted emergency regulations requiring a statewide 25 percent reduction in water sales. Additionally, outdoor water use stresses existing water supplies by contributing to peak demand during summer months. During these hot, dry times, utilities must increase capacity to meet water…
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