Torrey Pines Landscape Company

Torrey Pines Landscape Company
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Friday, June 25, 2010

As a San Diego landscape design company, we know the San Diego area and create the unique outdoor environment you deserve.Torrey Pines Landscape Company can bring your dreams to life. Whether a small cottage, or a large estate, we can make your idea a reality. We have the creativity and experience to bring your own special retreat to life.We specialize in custom installations, excelling in projects that require our detailed quality craftsmanship.We are an eclectic team of veteran landscape construction and maintenance professionals dedicated to the achievement of your highest expectations.

Specialties include:
Creative Landscape Planning and Installation
Automatic Irrigation / Drip Systems
Patios of Brick, Stone, Tile or Concrete
Outdoor Fireplaces and Cooking Areas
Masonry Walls and Garden Planters
Wooden Patio Covers
Trellises, Arbors and Gazebos
Waterfalls, Fountains, Ponds and Bridges
Benches and Garden Built-ins
Landscape Lighting
Landscape Maintenance
Water-Wise Tips

Pages: Services

DRAINAGE 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 and subterranean. We have had some sites where we have had to install large underground French drains that pick up waters moving horizontally through the soils like underground rivers. Most of the time in San Diego, surface drains are enough, but if there are the telltale signs of subterranean water, then we can help solve these challenges as well.
SOIL PREPARATION A garden with good soil preparation is like a home built on a good strong foundation. If the soil preparation is done thoroughly and properly, a new garden will mature quickly and stay healthy for years to come with a lot less watering, fertilizing and work on your part. Most of San Diego soils are ancient ocean floor strata that haven't seen the light of day for millions of years until some builder came along with a bulldozer. What this means is usually a high salt content and a definitive lack of organic materials. We perform an onsite soil analysis which checks the texture and Ph of the soil. After this is done, we doggedly till the proper amendments into the soil. This usually involves electric jackhammers and small bobcats with teeth. Some of the amendments that we use are: organic natural compost, peat moss, bone and blood meal, time released fertilizers, organic fertilizers and gypsum for clay soils.
CONTROL OF THE WATER Applying the right amount of water to the plant material at the right time is at the heart of our arid climate challenge. With little rain and using drought tolerant plants that will rot easily if over-watered, we have a delicate situation. Each part of your garden has a small but important micro climate. A shady northern side of a home is cooler than south or west side. What we do is divide the garden according to its microclimates and water each area with a separate circuit of irrigation. For example: we might water that shady north side every 4th day in the summer and water the southern side every other day. We also divide the circuits or valves in the irrigation by the types of plants. A citrus orchard will need to be watered weekly where as a shade garden of azaleas or camellias might need water every other day in the summer.

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Our Landscape Design Process
•Initial on site interview and discussions (no charge) •Enter into design agreement (refundable) •Measure site and take digital pictures •Prepare an Autocad landscape plan and itemized estimate •Present landscape design plan and estimate to client •Make revisions if necessary •Enter into written agreement and schedule •Commence work •Complete masonry and Hardscape (all done in house) •Complete Plantings and Softscape (all done in house) •Complete work and issue warranteesArea of Service Throughout San Diego
Our trucks and crews are seen all over San Diego, including La Jolla, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, Carmel Valley, Pacific Beach, Point Loma, Coronado, Encinitas, Mission Hills and the greater San Diego Area. We have occasionally done larger landscape design and maintenance projects out of these areas.
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Mission Statement
Creatively solve the outdoor landscaping challenges and needs of our clients. Provide the vision for turning our client’s landscaping ideas into clear and beautiful reality. To build a business on a reputation that every job is a “reference” no matter how big or small. Establish long term relationships with our clients and watch their gardens grow to both of our expectations year after year. Provide a courteous and flexible attitude of service in all matters. Earn an honest and fair profit as a result of these principals.
Is Torrey Pines Landscape licensed? Yes, since 1983.
How long have you been in the landscaping business? Since 1973.
How long have you been in San Diego, CA? All the management grew up in San Diego.
What training do you have? We have management members with everything from High School Diplomas to Masters in Biology. Most of our foremen have been with us for many years. What we do all have is a passion for this business.
Have you ever been sued by a client? No.
Have you ever had a claim against your license? Never.
Is Torrey Pines Landscape insured? Yes. We carry two million dollars of liability insurance and workman’s compensation insurance.
What is the smallest project you will work on? Ten Thousand Dollars for installation. Five Hundred Dollars per month for maintenance.
Will you provide me with references?Yes. We usually try to match references with your type of project, however, you are welcome to talk to any of our old clients or any of the clients for whom we are currently working. You are also invited to visit our job sites.
Pages: About
Torrey Pines Landscape Company was first licensed in 1983 by Harry Thompson, a professional landscape designer native of San Diego, California. Since then through a dedication to customer service and integrity of workmanship, the company has grown to become one of the top custom landscape design companies in San Diego, CA. With over thirty five employees and over 35 years in the landscape design and maintenance business, the management at Torrey Pines Landscape is well trained and experienced.
Area of Service Throughout San Diego
Our trucks and crews are seen all over San Diego, including La Jolla, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, Carmel Valley, Pacific Beach, Point Loma, Coronado, Encinitas, Mission Hills and the greater San Diego Area. We have occasionally done larger landscape design and maintenance projects out of these areas.
Our areas of expertise include the following:
Landscape Design . Installation . Maintenance . Irrigation . Lighting . Fountains . Decks . Patios . BBQ . Firepits
Contact: Contact
Our Promise to You
Whether you have a small cottage or a large estate, whether you are an old garden vet or this is your first home, we will do whatever it takes to make sure you are happy with our work.
Phone: 858. 454. 1433

Friday, June 18, 2010

Water-wise gardens in San Diego

Visualize the possibilities...a gorgeous landscape within the limits of water conservation.

As landscape professionals, Torrey Pines Landscape Co., Inc. is very concerned about being a part of the solution to the water situation in San Diego County. Many of the decisions we deal with involve the use of water. The effects of these decisions reach everyone from the client (homeowner) to the community where their home is located. Historically professionals in the landscape industry have made many decisions that have led to the over investment of both water and energy for their clients gardens. We have made a commitment to make continuing efforts to make a positive difference not only for our clients, but for the community as well. We feel a responsibility to offer choices that can save resources without sacrificing beauty. The process can begin from the design of a water-wise garden in a new development or we can revamp an existing landscape. We want to help you create an environment that reflects your lifestyle and one that you will enjoy for years to come. Let's face it... the concern for water conservation isn't going away. San Diego has long held landscape practices that don't reflect the rising cost of water or its decreasing availability.

The key: visualizing the possibilities. There are now more choices than ever for plants as well as irrigation that follow water conservation principles. I recall a drive out to Sun City as a child where yard after yard had colored rock front yards. Some owners had opted for green rocks to simulate grass! Without dating myself, I have to tell you that was a loooong time ago. The choices now are amazing! Local nurseries and wholesale suppliers are carrying a wide variety of plants which are more fitting to the basic resources and environmental conditions of San Diego. There have been tremendous advances in the irrigation industry as well. There is a satellite controller that changes the amount of water your garden receives based on the current weather conditions. Your garden gets what it needs when it needs it. Brilliant! That saves a lot of wasted water.
There are a lot of resources available for homeowners now as well. There are a variety of books dealing with water-wise gardening with wonderful pictures and detailed explanations. If you are not a do-it-yourselfer, or you just want some professional guidance call us. There are many varied conditions within San Diego County that may not be covered within the scope of the resource books. There are plants that can handle the salt spray along the coast in La Jolla.
There are varieties of plants that can handle a mid-winter frost in an inland valley zone (Rancho Santa Fe). Some areas of Poway are in the foothill zone and require a differnt palette of plants entirely. Erosion control for slopes, fire safety plantings, and varied soil conditions across the County are more factors that need to be taken into consideration. There are also the specific micro-climates within your own garden that need to be addressed. Recruiting a professional at the outset of a landscape project saves you time and money in the end.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Drought tolerant landscaping | outdoor water conservation tips

Water Wise Gardening: The Basics

There are a number of things that we can to do save water in our gardens; and if a garden is watered efficiently, it stays healthier and happier.

With some of these outdoor water conservation tips, the average gardener might need help.

Torrey Pines Landscape Co., Inc, in San Diego, specializes in drought tolerant landscaping and water conservation systems. If you have questions or want a price quote on some of these suggestions, please give us a call at 858.454.1433

Garden 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 ground covers 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!"

Next blog.... Irrigation Tips for a Water-Wise Garden
from the office of Torrey Pines Landscape Co., Inc.