Fall is the Best Time for Landscape Planting

By |2019-09-14T17:38:10-07:00September 14th, 2019|Planning, Plant Selection, Sustainable Landscape Management|

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Establishing new landscape plantings is most successful if timed right

Here in San Diego and Southern California, we are coming up on the best season for planting landscape trees, shrubs, perennials, turf and ground covers. On large homeowner association, estate and municipal sites, it is difficult to have a good new plant establishment rate without extra care like additional watering and monitoring. That extra care takes time away from what the grounds staff is already responsible for maintaining on site.

If your property is investing in landscape plant upgrades, be sure you have a plan and schedule in place for fall planting. It will save your site money in plant replacement costs, extra water usage, and staff time devoted to plant “babysitting.”

Why is fall the best time for landscape planting?

  1. The days are shorter. Plants have less time to loose water via transpiration through their leaf surfaces, and soil moisture loss is decreasing.
  2. Temperatures are cooler. Plants will require less water less frequently than during hot days to maintain health and vigor.
  3. The angle of the sun is lower. Plant stress from direct, overhead hot sun rays is minimized.
  4. The soil is still warm. Plant roots will establish more rapidly in warmer soil vs. cool soil.
  5. The rain is coming (hopefully). Plant watering on a large scale is more efficient and of higher quality when provided by nature.

So time your landscape upgrades for fall, preferably after the first measurable rain to help flush salt accumulation from the soil. Your plants will establish roots better and suffer less stress if you plan ahead. Need a planting plan, consultation or project monitoring? Just ask!

Less Maintenance, Water and Waste

By |2019-04-03T12:06:18-07:00February 20th, 2019|Sustainable Landscape Management|

Planting drought tolerant plants to save on water, waste, maintenance

Show Me the Data

The City of Santa Monica conducted a side by side case study from 2004-2013 of traditional landscaping vs. sustainable landscaping methods. They collected data on maintenance, water use and waste produced. The data was astounding, just for one small residential front yard! So much extra work and resources go in to the long term management of a site planted using traditional methods. It invites problematic and costly maintenance practices for years to come. Imagine the long term impact made on a large site or development. A great read!

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less water than traditional landscape

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less waste than traditional landscape

Sustainable landscape required


less maintenance than traditional landscape