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LANDSCAPE TIPS

Deciduous trees can provide a passive solar solution, allowing the sun to warm a house in the winter while also providing light. Then, providing shade in the summer reducing the need for air conditioning.

  • Good design discourages graffiti and crime.
  • Amenities, i.e. spas, should be as close to the back door as possible to insure maximum use.
  • Copper has an intrinsic antiseptic quality, therefore, it is idea for salt and pepper shakers, push plates, and hand rails.
  • Copper pumps should be avoid when circulating water in a ponds with fish.  The copper has a pernicious effect on fish.
  • Ideally, koi ponds should be deep and clean. Deep to avoid predation and to allow water to be cold.  Sand filters are best to avoid disease.
  • It takes hundreds of feet of tall planting to conceal noise. A wooden ence or concrete block wall is better.
  • New growth redwood lasts 5-10 years in the earth while Pressure Treated Douglas Fir (PTDF) lasts 40 years.
  • Due to declining habitat, 10,000 species are dying every year of extinction. We ask you to plant California Native Plants which sustain local fauna, some exclusively. 
  • CA Native Plants do not require fertilizer or soil amendment.
  • It is best to plant CA natives in one gallon containers to avoid cramped root balls. This allows you to save money.
  • Best time to plant all plants is in November, December and January taking advantage of rainfall.
  • Decks should be stained every 18 months.
  • Cabot stain can provide numerous colors to match your house.  Red is not the only color to stain a redwood deck.
  • The State will pay up to $2,000 to have lawn in residential or commercial projects reduced and planted with drought tolerant shrubs.
  • Parking strips are no longer allowed to overspray.  Today, they can be watered with a water mat that avoids overspray.
  • Green wood should be stained to allow it to breath, painting green wood causes it to blister.
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