A video & photography montage showing a complete Bay Area landscaping renovation project by Masterpiece Gardens. For more information, please visit http://www.masterpiecegarden.com, email info@masterpiecegarden.com or call (650) 361-1414


Spring is now in full swing and we have had a few days with some pretty warm weather as well.  Our plants are coming out of hibernation and the lawns are starting to really grow.  With the eminent drought upon our horizon we must do what we can to help keep our plants healthy with as little water as we possibly can.

One of the greatest ways to help lawns conserve water is aeration and thatch removal.

Lawn Aeration:

This is the process of removing plugs from the lawn.  Plugs are removed from the ground to create holes in the lawn that will vary from 1” to 3” deep.  Once these holes are created, air, water and nutrients can easily reach the root zones of the turf grass.  This process is essential given the clay soils present in most Bay Area gardens.  Clay soil easily compacts air, water and makes it difficult for nutrients to reach the roots of your lawn.

If your lawn is located on any kind of slope aeration, aeration is a must.  Without proper aeration, the water literally slides right off the lawns on slopes. With a proper aeration method, the water is able to penetrate into the soil.

Lawn Thatching:

Thatch is the build-up of dead grass over the years.  A little thatch is not a problem. If your lawn has a thick layer of thatch however, many issues can arise for the determent of the health of the lawn.  The thatch layer can actually prevent water from reaching the soil and root zones of the lawn.  Thatch also can provide a great home for insects that can chew the roots of the lawn.

Although our cool season lawns here in the Bay Area such as Fescue, Rye and Bluegrass do not need annual thatching it is a good idea to perform thatch removal this year to help provide the greatest opportunity for our irrigation to reach the root zones of our lawns this summer.

Providing your lawn with these services will help keep your lawn happy and healthy this hot-dry summer we will experience.

Give us a call at (650) 361-1414 or e-mail us at info@masterpiecegarden.com if you are interested in having us perform one of these lawn services.


It’s mid March already.  We have had a little more rain which we desperately need.   We’re still praying for some more substantial April showers.

In the meantime the flowering trees and shrubs have been giving a spectacular show!  It started off with the pink plum blossoms and it seems just as the plum leaves began to emerge the rest of the trees just exploded out of nowhere.  I do not know if the extreme cold weather we had or the longevity of it has anything to do with it but this has been an incredible introduction to spring 2014.  The Ornamental Pear‘s with their intense white blossoms and all the ornamental cherries trees with their dainty whitish/pink blossoms have been fantastic!

Driving along Highway 1 if you have a chance, please check out the blue blooming ceanothus shrubs on the hillsides.  There is a white blooming variety as well but scant so you will have to really keep an eye open to see them.  The echium are starting to set bloom as well.  The hybridized echium in the gardens looks beautiful with their elongated blue to purplish hues.

The spring bulbs are really starting to “pop” as well.  The crocus and daffodils have been showing color for a month or so but we now have the fragrant hyacinth and early tulips starting to bloom.  If you do not have any in your garden this year I would highly recommend you try a few next year.  The show is worth the minimum bloom time.

A quick note: To extend the Tulip blooming period, try planting early, mid and then late tulip bulbs.  You can get close to three months of blooming.

Please enjoy the photos we have taken throughout the gardens of our beautiful SF Bay Area.

Here, here to a beautiful start to spring and a color filled summer as the temperatures begin to rise.

We are heading towards the end of February and spring is just around the corner.  For us Bay Area folks this winter has been a cooooold one!  I am embarrassed to say that to friends and family who live on the East Coast since they have had a winter few can imagine. But it’s true, for our milder climate plants, the signs of how cold it was here is flagrant in just about every Bay area garden I’ve looked at in the last few days.

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