Torrey Pines Landscape Company

Torrey Pines Landscape Company
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Friday, March 26, 2010

Drought tolerant landscaping | outdoor water conservation tips

"Gardening requires lots of water-

mostly in the form of perspiration.'
Lou Erickson

Drought tolerant landscaping outdoor water conservation tips:

1. Cut down the size of lawns and consider removing lawns in less used and less seen areas. They can be changed to drought tolerant ground covers, aggregates, artificial turf, drought resistant grass or planting of low-lying drought tolerant shrubs.

2. Mulch all beds with 1” organic mulch. Make sure it’s not green and hot to the touch.

3. Make sure your soil is healthy. Have the Ph level of the soil checked and periodically root, prune and till beds. Most gardens need a tune up of this sort every 5-7years.

4. Be aware of the micro climates in the garden and have the right plant for these variances in heat and light.

5. Cut lawns higher in the summer and lower in the winter.

6. Keep lawns and groundcovers thick and healthy with proper fertilization and care.

7. Big leafy tropical plants use more water than drought-resistant native california plants, succulents and Mediterranean types of plants. For water-wise landscaping, consider the benefits of drought-tolerant landscaping and gardening. Replace the plants that frequently wilt with drought resistant plants and shrubs which can sustain moderate periods of limited irrigation. There are also a variety of beautiful drought resistant trees available, that are tolerant of dry conditions.

8. Make sure your garden is weed free. Weeds drink water!"

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Creative Landscape Planning and Installation

A good looking landscape design portfolio is nice to look at but it isn't as simple as it might seem. The basic elements that are mandatory for a landscape are the three items often overlooked:

The Unseen and Unsung......


Without good positive drainage, plant roots rot, house foundations suffer, mold and moss grow instead of desired plantings and the garden is always a muddy mess to walk through. There are two types of drainage:

surface & subterranean. Most of the time in San Diego, surface drains are enough, but if there are the telltale signs of subterranean water, Torrey Pines Landscape Co. can help solve these problems. We have had some sites where we install large underground French drains that pick up waters moving horizontally through the soils like an underground rivers.

Soil Preparation

A garden with good soil preparation is like a home built on a good strong foundation. If the soil prep is done thoroughly and properly, a new garden will mature quickly and stay healthy for years to come with a lot less watering, fertilization and work on your part.

Most San Diego soil are ancient ocean floor strata which means a higher salt content with a definite lack of organic materials. We perform an on-site soil analysis to check the texture and PH of the soil. Then we doggedly till the proper amendments into the soil. We use organic natural compost, peat moss, organic fertilizers and gypsum for clay soils.

Control of Water

Applying the right amount of water to the plant material at the right time is at the heart of our climate challenge. San Diego has a water-restrictions and little rain. Drought tolerant plants have become quite popular. Unfortunately they will rot easily if over-watered. It's a delicate situation. Each part of your garden has a small but important micro climate. We divide the garden into according to these micro climates and water each area with a separate circuit of irrigation. Then divide the circuits or valves in the irrigation by the types of plants.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Hello San Diego!
Torrey Pines Landscape Company has been in business for over 25 years and would like to
help you with your landscape improvements. Our professional team can assist you from the
beginning! We'll design a one of a kind landscape to fulfill your dreams, while working within your budget. We do it all: design, masonry, carpentry, & maintenance.
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As an outdoor person, I'm far happier with a trowel in my hand and the sun on my back.
What I'd like to do is share this enthusiasm for San Diego landscape with you. Every window in
your home is a picture frame to your outdoor world. If you are not drawn to at least admire the view, let alone go're missing out.

Spring is our best time of year for planting. Camellias, Azaleas, Gardenias and Aloes along with
many other flowering plants and trees are in full bloom allowing us to select just the right color
for our gardens. These flowers can really brighten a darker corner and a fun way to say hello to
the new growing season. Many of the Aloes and ornamental low water use succulents are in bloom and deserve consideration with the impending dry summer weather and water shortages.