Pots really add nice color to a patio as well as breaks up a boring patio. Many times drip can be added to help irrigate the pots. Ideally they would be on their own zone so the water can controlled better but anything helps. If you are anything like me you forget to water your pots and they go from beautiful to dead real fast.
We like to install perennials and annuals together in the pots to give long lasting year round color.

We recently completed a pool project paved with Turkish Marble and I would like you to know a little bit about this great material. Turkish Marble is also known as “travertine”, it has been used for years as a thin ½” tile placed on the inside of homes for kitchens, entry ways, etc.

A company out of Florida who installed interlocking pavers was able to go to Turkey and have a quarry cut the Marble thicker so it could be used as a sand set paver instead of being just an overlay on a concrete foundation.  The pavers are 1 ¾” thick with a 8,000 + psi rating.  They are quite durable for pool decks, patios and walkways.  The beauty is they are just as durable if not more than the average concrete paver.  Everyone has concrete pavers, almost every driveway and walkway in many neighborhoods look the exact same..may I say a little boring?  Now there is a driveway capable Turkish Granite paver 2” thick.

Beautiful colors and various patterns, ashlar being one of the most popular.  I am so excited to be able to offer this to my clients instead of just the average paver.  If you are thinking about doing any kind of hardscape work around your garden or driveway give us a call and look into other options than just the average material available.

Happy Spring / Summer finally!

The weather has finally improved and we can look forward to enjoying the outdoors.  Weekends out in the backyard, breakfast, lunch and dinner on the back patio…  With summer right around the corner, now is the time to make the changes to the garden you have been wanting to do before summer really gets here.  

Planting time is here, perfect before the heat of summer arrives.  Also sprinklers should be turned on and each zone should be checked to make sure every sprinkler is working properly.  If you have any problems give us a call to get the garden up and running before the weather turns from nice to HOT.

Enjoy the sunshine 🙂

Spring is here, trees are blooming, the magnificent plums and magnolias flowering days are over, the crab-apple trees are not far behind but the cherries are just at their peak. We have been so fortunate to get the recent rainy days sprinkled with a few warm ones – the Spring gardens around the Bay Area have been particulary beautiful this year.

Now, it’s time to make sure we have as equally-beautiful summer gardens. If your planting beds have not been mulched, now would be a good time. Spring fertilization of the entire garden should start within the next two weeks. Aeration of the lawns should begin soon as well.  Doing this will help alleviate compaction and will allow fertilizer and water to better reach the roots.

If you did not plant spring bulbs, crocus, daffodils, tulips and hyacinth I am afraid you’re too late, but mark your calendar – there’s always next year 🙂

Next week, we will go over spring insects that can be taken care of in a safe way but it needs to be done soon before the populations of insects gets too high in your garden.