Tuesday, May 22, 2012
We have been building raised gardens for a number of clients and Landscape Architects. The area needs to receive a minimum of 6 hours full sun - all day is best – for great crop results. We use a special blend of sandy loam enriched with compost and nutrients. And for clients who live where gophers, moles or other burrowing critters are a problem: the bottom of these beds can be lined with a layer or two of steel mesh Today’s trends in home vegetable gardens lean towards ORGANIC gardening—which really means using less or no chemical additives or pesticides. Depending upon your interests, the home gardener can create their own compost to feed the garden using vegetable matter from left over table scraps ( just make sure to not add animal tissues or fats to your compost pile). But compost piles may sound like a lot of work… luckily there are special organic blends of compost that you can purchase by the bag at the local home improvement store to keep your garden nourished.
A New Leaf crews use DR. EARTH products on our gardens with really superior results. This one for vegetable gardens is 100% natural and organic blends of fish bone meal, kelp, beneficial soil microbes. And DR. EARTH also markets Organic insecticides including a Fruit and Vegetable spray to control Aphids, Mealybugs and Scale.
Gardeners relied upon nature to repel insects prior to the development of commercial pesticides. Some of the easy garden tricks are to plant Marigolds which repel many insects, including the bright green tomato horn worm. The kitchen herb Basil is know to repel white flies and a few other winged insects. To rid your garden of Snails or Slugs, an excellent organic pesticide is Diatomaceous Earth. This powder created from ground up shells of diatoms won’t harm you or visiting birds but destroys the soft bodies of slugs and snails.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
|Rose with Rust on the Leaves|
Then, start a 10-14 day spray cycle of either an organic or synthetic fungicide. Follow the directions carefully to make sure you are using it properly.
As the weather warms and there are less foggy mornings, the conditions will become less hospitable for rust.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
When it is hot, and you (or your Gardner) are running the sprinklers for longer periods, system problems may become more evident.
6 Signs Your Sprinkler System May Have a Problem
- Unusual wet spots on your pavement or dry spots on the lawn.
- Weak water output, which may mean there is a clog, leak or break somewhere in the sprinkler system.
- The lowest sprinkler setting leaks constantly. This is not really a problem with the sprinkler, but with the valve: it's not shutting off all the way.
- Your water meter is always running. If the meter moves when everything is shut off, you have a leak. Check the toilets and all faucets as well as your irrigation system.
- Wet or muddy spots that suddenly appear may signal a broken pipe or riser
- Valve boxes are filled with water. This could be caused by sprinklers directly hitting the box, or because of California's heavy clay soils directing water along the sprinkler trench lines. However, if the water does not drain away it could be indicating a faulty valve.
Friday, March 30, 2012
We've filmed three new update videos since our last post about this project -- check them out!
Installed Turf PaversWe installed roll-style poly turf pavers in this project. Each of the cells were filled with soil and were planted to create great ground cover that you can actually drive on!
Completed the GradingThe grading is done and a majority of the plant materials are in the front!
Two Weeks Away!The backyard is close to being done, with the turf area ready to go. We have a beautiful deck that is inset right into the paving, and a great series of bamboo against the pool wall. The backyard has a great Japanese style garden with Colorado moss rock and a sunken private viewing garden for the office space.
Stay tuned for our next update!
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
The Landscape Architect is Kathleen Ferguson with Kathleen Ferguson Landscapes.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
We all know the term. Real estate agents tell us many of their buyers do not even get out of the car if the home lacks curb appeal. So, if a buyer will not exit the car, how are they going to see that kitchen or bath you remodeled? While a kitchen renovation may decrease the amount of time your house is on the market it frequently does not recoup your costs in the sale price.
Not so with Landscaping...
Studies show that a well-landscaped property can add as much a 10% to the market value of your home, as well as speed up the selling time. While you may not wish to reinvent the hardscape design (walls, walks, patios) of your property prior to selling it, many improvements (some dramatic) can occur with improvements to the softscape (plants, irrigation and low-voltage lighting).
- Shrubs can decrease negative views or be used to balance or accentuate architectural details otherwise overlooked.
- The addition of decorative pottery, when well-planted, can create welcoming entrances where previously none existed.
- Low-voltage lighting not only improves safety but can be added to showcase a particularly attractive aspect of your property.
Maybe your yard over the years has deteriorated into a jungle. Corrective maintenance may be able to turn back the clock and restore the landscape to a functional and appealing accent.
- Cutting back and artfully pruning old plantings may open up new views or reveal the handsome form of mature trees and shrubs - one of the biggest advantages of a mature landscape.
- Transplanting existing shrubs and perennials can be thought of as creative recycling and result in a much improved embellishment of your home.
Avoid the mistakes of adding a few quickly placed flowerpots purchased from the local home improvement center, and thinking that will hide the lack of care that a poorly presented landscape suggests.
Let the crews from A New Leaf give you assistance in preparing your property for a successful sale.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
We took a few videos showing the progress of getting this 10,000 pound tree in place. You can see all of those below!
Tree PlantingWe keep an eye on detail for the plant pits to make sure that all of our trees drain correctly.
Prepping the CraneA flatbed holds the tree on its side, in a 72-inch box, while we prepped the crane to flip over the wall and into the yard.
Uprighting the TreeThis is the hardest part of doing this work -- getting a tree of this size to stand up straight!
Securing the TreeOur team takes a lot of care to make sure the tree doesn't sustain any damage while we prepare it to be picked up by the crane.
Setting the TreeAnd finally, the most exciting part of the job -- seeing the tree take its place in our design.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
It is time to cut back woody shrubs to stimulate lush new growth and prevent them from becoming leggy or scraggy looking. A layer of mulch to improve the appearance of the garden beds washed out by our heavy winter rains can do a lot for the health of your garden as well as help against those spring time weeds.
Maybe it is time to get your low voltage lights working again or even a new system installed. Your garden and home is looking a bit dark since the Christmas lights were removed, isn't it?
For a more dramatic flair, how about a Garden Makeover? The A New Leaf crew has been busily working with several Landscape Architects bringing their designs to life for our mutual clients' enjoyment.
Is it time for you to consider a more major restyling of your garden? We can help you: visit our website for more examples of our work and for all of our contact information.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
It's time for an update on the progress we've made at our Santa Monica project. We've got two new videos to share with you.
This first video shows that the forming is progressing nicely, and the planters have gone in along the house. We're also working on forming the opening for a wood deck that will go in.
This next video shows the newly planted bamboo hedges, which really soften the edges of the walls. It also offers a look at the small Japanese garden area, which is starting to take shape.
We're really happy with the progress of the project, and we're happy to have you along for the whole process! See you next time!