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Project Case Study: Artificial Turf & Custom Water Feature in Escondido, CA

Project Case Study: Artificial Turf & Custom Water Feature in Escondido, CA

In the northern San Diego, CA area, focus on environmentally-friendly landscaping has grown a lot in the past few years. Living in an area that's prone to drought conditions means we should all start to be a bit more environmentally-conscious about our landscaping choices. One of our residential clients in Escondido, CA, contacted us with all that in mind and asked us to help design and install new landscaping for their front yard.

Learn more about the project and view some photos as well here.


First Steps Involved Breaking up Concrete, Leveling, & Grading Existing Area

Breaking up a concrete patio in Escondido, California.

To begin, we started with breaking up the existing concrete, removing the lawn and landscaping that was there and then leveled and graded the entire area. In order to ensure the leveling and new landscaping stayed in place, we built a retaining wall in the front of their property using stacked concrete blocks so that the soil would not erode away. 


New Landscape Beds Include Mulch, Native Plants, Raised Planters, & Outdoor Lighting

We planned out some landscaping that would be low-maintenance and require less watering so that the homeowner wouldn't have to use as much water in their landscape beds. Using some native plants and palm varieties, we added in some plants that would provide a bit of color and accented them with some boulders. 

To finish off the landscape beds and block weed growth, we used dark brown hardwood mulch. Installing an outdoor lighting...

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Xeriscaping & Dry Creek Bed Installation in San Marcos, CA

Xeriscaping & Dry Creek Bed Installation in San Marcos, CA

When our client in San Marcos, CA called wanting a landscape redesign, we went to them to find out exactly what they wanted. Our area of northern San Diego doesn't always get a lot of rain, meaning we often have watering restrictions. Because of this, the client wanted to install a landscape that was not only eco-friendly and sustainable but also drought-tolerant.

Our landscape designers took that into consideration and created a beautiful xeriscaping and dry creek bed design for their home. Learn more about our landscaping company's recent project and check out photos below.


What Is Xeriscaping & How It Benefits the Environment

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, those in hot, dry climates can sometimes use more water outside their homes in just one summer than they do inside the house for an entire year when they try to maintain a traditional landscape. Some ways that water-smart landscaping, or xeriscaping, can benefit the environment include:

  • Water conservation
  • Lower water bills
  • Reduced runoff of irrigation water
  • Reduced landscape maintenance costs

Xeriscaping project being completed at a home in San Marcos, CA.

Xeriscaping, sometimes mistakenly referred to as "zero-scaping", is an environmentally-friendly way to beautify your property and increase your curb appeal. This landscaping practice uses native plants that don't require as much watering. Xeriscaping includes certain elements, such as:

  • Proper soil preparation
  • Removing grass and replacing it with...
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Why Your Property Needs a Custom Fire Feature

Why Your Property Needs a Custom Fire Feature

Adding a custom fire feature to your property’s outdoor living space provides many benefits. From extending your outdoor living to increasing your property value, a custom fire feature is a wonderful investment that offers increasing dividends.

Here are some reasons why your property in Rancho Santa Fe, Encinitas, Carlsbad, and nearby areas, needs a custom fire feature.


Fire Features Extend Your Outdoor Living

One of the greatest benefits of adding a custom fire feature is that it greatly extends your outdoor living space. Fire features give off natural light and heat, allowing you and your guests to enjoy the outdoors for extended periods of time. Rather than calling it a day once the sun goes down, a fire feature such as a fire pit or fireplace provides enough warmth and visibility to keep the festivities going long after it grows dark outside.

Fire features also provide a great opportunity for spending quality time with others and for entertaining guests. A custom pizza oven is a unique way to spruce up your outdoor space and provide a means of cooking up some tasty food while enjoying the company of family and friends. Even if the night is chilly, a fire feature creates an inviting, warm atmosphere.


A Custom Fire Feature Enhances Your Outdoor Environment

A custom fire feature is often made with high-quality materials that are designed to complement your specific property’s aesthetic. Available in several different shapes,...

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How Your Rancho Santa Fe Home Benefits from an Outdoor Living Space

How Your Rancho Santa Fe Home Benefits from an Outdoor Living Space

Adding an outdoor living space to your home in Rancho Santa Fe provides many benefits. Increased property value, extended livable space, and relaxing focal point are just some of the many benefits a custom outdoor living space adds to your home.

Here is how your home benefits from an outdoor living space in Rancho Santa Fe and the surrounding areas.


An Outdoor Living Space Increases Property Value

If you’re thinking about selling your home, adding a custom outdoor living space is a great way to increase your home’s value before putting it up on the market. Many potential homebuyers favor homes with beautiful landscaping and enjoyable outdoor living space in the backyard as this helps them envision spending more time outdoors with family and friends. Custom outdoor living spaces also offer a great return on investment. Depending on the quality of materials used and if the additions are a central feature of your home, you could expect to recoup about 30–60 percent of the costs associated with the project.

Outdoor living spaces are great additions for homeowners who want to spend more quality time outdoors and increase their property value.


Adding An Outdoor Living Space Increases Your Home’s Livable Space

This patio in Rancho Santa Fe, CA, adds extra space for this homeowner.

Adding a custom outdoor living space to your home such as a patio, deck, outdoor kitchen, or fireplace, essentially adds another room to your home, only outdoors. This extension not only increases your home’s...

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How an Arborist Can Help Your Trees

How an Arborist Can Help Your Trees

Trees, whether small or large, need certain services to stay healthy and strong. While some services are easy to perform yourself, others are much more serious and require professional experience and knowledge. Arborists, or tree surgeons, are great assets for any homeowner who wants to provide the very best care for their trees.

If you live in Rancho Santa Fe, Encinitas, Carlsbad, and the nearby areas, here is how an arborist can help your trees and keep them strong and healthy for years to come.


Arborists Keep Your Trees in Prime Health

One of our arborists trimming a tree in Rancho Santa Fe, CA.

Certified arborists are experts in tree care and health. They have the proper knowledge, experience, and tools to keep your trees healthy and strong. Many arboriculturists provide deep root fertilization for your trees that feed their roots and provide vital nutrients they need to grow strong and healthy.

Arborists keep your trees in great shape by providing trimming and pruning services to maintain the natural shape and beauty of the tree. Tree surgeons remove dead, dying, overgrown, and damaged tree limbs by trimming the canopy. They then selectively prune remaining limbs to encourage growth and branch formation. Pruning is particularly important during the dormant months of a tree’s life cycle and is very beneficial for fruit-bearing trees as it increases fruit and bud production.


Preventative Care Helps Prevent Diseases & Pest Infestation

Preventative care is essential to tree health, and ...

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The Importance of Keeping Your Landscape Maintained

The Importance of Keeping Your Landscape Maintained

Your landscape is an investment, and as such, it’s important to keep that investment maintained. Neglecting your landscape and failing to properly care for it leads to many issues that require much more work and money to repair in the long run.

Regular landscape maintenance improves your landscape’s appearance, adds curb appeal, ensures your plants and lawn are healthy, and saves you time and money. Here are some reasons why it’s important to keep your landscape maintained in Rancho Santa Fe, Encinitas, Carlsbad, and the surrounding areas.


Regular Maintenance Improves Your Landscape’s Appearance

This home in Encinitas, CA maintains its landscaping with our services.

If you have any landscaping around your property, chances are it’s because you enjoy the beauty it adds to your home and the many benefits that come with having a beautifully landscaped yard. In order to help keep your landscape looking fresh and beautiful, it requires regular and proper maintenance from a professional company like Southwest Tree Care & Landscape Design.

A well-maintained landscape adds to your home’s visual appeal and increases your home’s value. A home with a lush landscape looks much nice than a home with a disheveled lawn and unkempt yard. Maintaining your landscape also adds to your own personal satisfaction, as it’s much more enjoyable and rewarding to come home to an attractive yard with a healthy landscape.


Proper Maintenance Keeps Your Landscape Healthy

Routine maintenance is not only important for...

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What Your Trees Need to Stay Healthy

What Your Trees Need to Stay Healthy

When thinking about a landscape’s health, many people tend to forget about the trees in their yard. Though trees receive much of their nutrition from natural sunlight, rainfall, and their surroundings, they still require other things to stay in optimum health.

Regular trimming and pruning, proper irrigation, fertilization, and pest control are all necessary for trees to stay healthy. Here are some things your trees need to stay healthy in Rancho Santa Fe, Encinitas, Carlsbad, and the surrounding areas.


Trees Need Regular Trimming & Pruning

Routine trimming and pruning of your trees are essential to their development and health. Pruning removes specific branches to promote overall tree health and stimulate further growth, while trimming removes overgrown and unmanageable branches. Both services shape your trees to ensure they receive the proper amounts of nutrients for their core. Regularly trimming and pruning your trees helps prevent diseases by removing the diseased areas before they spread to the rest of the tree. Trees need plenty of space to thrive, and trimming them promotes a natural and healthy shape, allows room for new plant growth, and prevents them from interfering with structures or other plants.

Fruit-bearing trees benefit from increased fruit production when pruned properly as pruning encourages better fruit production by invigorating remaining buds. Trimming branches that hang low or cross over other parts of the tree...

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Why Your Home Needs Custom Outdoor Lighting

Why Your Home Needs Custom Outdoor Lighting

Adding custom outdoor lighting to your home provides many benefits. Certain landscape and architectural lighting provide certain benefits, such as increased curb appeal, safety, and added security. Taking advantage of professional landscape lighting along your walkways, driveway, landscape beds, and bushes highlights and accentuates your home’s best features while adding an extra layer of safety and security to your home.

If you’re interested in adding value to your home, or just simply adding extra security, landscape lighting is a great option. Here are some reasons why your home in Rancho Santa Fe, Encinitas, Carlsbad, and the surrounding areas needs custom outdoor lighting.


Custom Landscape Lighting Can Increase Your Home's Value & Functionality

Custom walkway lighting in Encinitas illuminates this landscape.

Proper outdoor lighting adds beauty, value, and functionality to your property. A home beautifully lit up with custom landscape lighting showcases your property’s best features and can add about 20 percent to your home’s value. If you plan on selling your home, this increased value can mean more money in your pocket later on and puts your home on the top of the list for potential buyers.

Outdoor lighting also brings more functionality to your home. When the sun sets, outdoor areas become unusable due to lack of proper lighting. Without lighting, our time and enjoyment in these areas are greatly limited. You can extend the use of these areas with professionally...

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Ways to Expand Your Outdoor Living Space

Ways to Expand Your Outdoor Living Space

In our area of Southern California, we have amazing weather and want to enjoy it as much as possible. One way to do that is to look into ways of expanding your outdoor living space. 

There are many ways we at Southwest Tree Care & Landscape Design can help expand the outdoor living space at your home or business located in Rancho Santa Fe, Encinitas, Carlsbad, and nearby areas. As a contractor, we offer many different hardscaping services that can extend your outdoor space.


Add a Custom Patio to Increase Your Outdoor Space Area

This Encinitas custom patio has a golf course view.

A custom patio is one great way to increase the area of your outdoor living space. Patios can also add value to your property as a functional area or room for entertaining guests. 

Patios can be built from a number of sturdy materials, including pavers, brick, flagstone, and decorative concrete. When we add a custom patio, we choose materials that match the exterior of your property so that it seamlessly blends into your existing home or business. 


Outdoor Kitchens Expand Entertaining Capabilities

Outdoor kitchens are a fantastic way to enjoy the outdoors while cooking or entertaining guests, friends, family, or clients. Custom outdoor kitchens can be incorporated with a patio, a seating wall, and more. Other aspects that an outdoor kitchen can include are grills, pizza ovens, countertops, bars, dishwashers, sinks, and many other options. 

Outdoor kitchens can provide a solid return on investment...

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Reasons You May Need to Remove a Tree from Your Property

Reasons You May Need to Remove a Tree from Your Property

Walking out to find dead branches have fallen in your lawn, or even worse, on your car or home, is something no property owner wants to see. If it’s a large branch, it can cause damage and be difficult to remove. When a tree starts to die, it loses branches and causes other issues.

Having a dead or dying tree on your property can be inconvenient for a number of reasons. Here are some reasons you should consider having a tree removed from your residential or commercial property in Rancho Santa Fe, Encinitas, Carlsbad, and nearby areas of California.


Dead or Dying Trees Look Unsightly, Can Pose Safety Hazards

This dead tree fell on a house in Encinitas, CA.

No one wants to have an eyesore on their property, especially when they’ve invested lots of money into making sure it looks great. When a tree begins to die, it turns brown and looks unsightly, especially compared to the rest of your lawn and landscaping. Taking this dying tree out helps to ensure that your landscaping continues to look great and well-maintained.

These trees can also pose safety hazards to your home or business. If there is the potential for branches to fall, they could fall and hit someone when they are out on your property. They could also crash into homes or cars when they fall. If the entire tree were to fall, it could cause quite a bit of damage to building structures.

It’s best to remove dead or dying trees from your property before any of that happens. At Southwest Tree Care & Landscape Design, we have trained and certified...

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