Wednesday, March 15, 2017


I love doing follow ups with various garden that I have designed. This one happens to be in Tustin close to the other Tustin garden I posted about last week.  In this case we killed the lawn and replaced it with drought tolerant / California native plants, a dry creek bed, some pots and an energy efficient irrigation system.  This particular garden took a week to install.  Due to budget reasons we left the courtyard as is but will eventually add pottery there.

If you have recently had your garden done then comment bellow and let me know what you did.  I am curious to see what others have done in relation to drought tolerant landscapes.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


I have a project in the city of Yorba Linda that is going to take two months to install.  It is big and I will share a video of the installation when it's all done.  But for now I thought I would share with you something that me and the contractor discovered as he was checking the irrigation controller.   Egg sacks that are either from a black or brown widow spider.  I google searched the eggs and it could be both.  Perhaps it is both.  Either way we had to tell the client that his controller was not usable as it had clearly been infested.  
Each of these eggs contain several hundred eggs.  On the one hand this is really creepy yet on the other hand it's part of nature.  You are bound to see things when you live in a house with a big garden. Sadly in this case the homeowner will have to replace the controller as it no longer works.  

Now I am curious to know what critters you have encountered in your garden?  Comment bellow and let me know.  I myself have seen black widow spiders in my worm bin.  I have also seen black fly larvae and the common snail.  

Friday, March 10, 2017


I love going back to garden that I designed and doing a follow up months after it has been installed. This one in particular was installed 8 months ago and looks really good.  It began when the homeowners were tired of their front yard lawn and wanted something different.  They wanted a colorful garden with drought tolerant plants, fun paths and accessories.

I was able to give them what they wanted and then some without denting their wallet.  The result is a beautiful drought tolerant garden that suits their lifestyle and benefits the environment.  You can read the previous post showing the installation of the garden here.

For a limited time I am offering a complimentary landscape design consultation to any Orange County resident.  Contact me and let's get rolling designing your dream garden.