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New Sod Installation & Landscaping in Oceanside, CA

New Sod Installation & Landscaping in Oceanside, CA

New sod installation is often required due to a variety of reasons like poor watering practices or a lack of general maintenance. When our client came to us requesting a new sod installation, we were ready to take on the task. We also discussed performing some of our other landscaping services on this residential property including irrigation system installation and tree removal.

After talking with our client and gaining an understanding of what they wanted for their property, we planned a comprehensive landscaping project that they were satisfied with.

Here at Southwest Tree Care & Landscape Design, we have years of experience working with clients to create their ideal landscapes. We serve both residents and businesses in Carlsbad, Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, and the surrounding communities.

Below, you can check out exactly what we did to transform this residential landscape in Rancho Santa Fe.

We performed tree removal to create more space in the client's landscape.

Our team removing trees to make room for new landscaping and sod installation.

Our team removed a few trees from the front of the client's property. These trees were taking away from the limited space available, so our arborists safely removed them to create more room.

Including the need for additional space, our clients often request our tree removal services for reasons like:

  • Plant disease
  • Tree death
  • Structural risks to property

To ensure this client was left with a debris-free final landscape, we performed a thorough cleanup process. Our team removed all...

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3 Reasons to Invest in Landscape Lighting for Your San Marcos Property

3 Reasons to Invest in Landscape Lighting for Your San Marcos Property

If you're anything like us, you likely take a lot of pride in a well-thought-out outdoor living space. However, if you feel like something is missing, landscape lighting installation may be what you need to complete the look of your property's exterior.

Our team offers comprehensive outdoor lighting installation services to homes and businesses in Carlsbad, Encinitas, and Rancho Santa Fe, CA.

If you're undecided on whether or not to invest in landscape lighting for your San Marcos property, here are three reasons you should consider doing so.

1. Landscape lighting can offer you great financial returns.

Installing outdoor lighting features is a great way to increase your property value. According to the National Association of Realtors, homeowners can expect to see a 50% return on their landscape lighting investment. Add value to your home and neighborhood by investing in outdoor lighting options.

While we're on the subject of financial returns, landscape lighting can also lower your electric bill. Our team offers energy-efficient LED lighting you can use to brighten up your home or business. These LED lights can last up to 10 years before you need to purchase new ones, so your investment will be a long-term one.

2. Our diverse landscape lighting options let you illuminate the features of your property.

A home near Escondido, CA with an LED landscape lighting system.

Our LED lights are more natural-looking than halogen bulbs, so your landscape's features won't look...

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New Pergola Installation in Rancho Santa Fe

New Pergola Installation in Rancho Santa Fe

Designing a new landscape element for a client is always an exciting task, and at Southwest Tree Care & Landscape Design, we specialize in the design and installation of several different types of landscaping, whether it's softscape planter beds or hardscapes such as patios, walkways, fire pits, and more. 

Recently, a client asked us to construct a pergola in their backyard in Rancho Santa Fe and we were thrilled to help them add something new to their outdoor living space.

Learn more about this project and why a pergola is beneficial for properties in the northern San Diego area, including cities such as Carlsbad, Rancho Santa Fe, Encinitas, and more.

What Is a Pergola?

A pergola can be a free-standing structure or can be attached to a building. It is open on all sides, allowing for air and light to freely pass through, resembling an archway or an arbor, but on a grander scale. The roof is made from latticed pieces that are supported by underlying beams. 

Adding a Custom Pergola Creates a Shaded Area

Building a custom pergola for a home in Rancho Santa Fe, CA.

In this particular case, the client wanted a new custom pergola to be added in their backyard so that they could have shade over their outdoor kitchen area. Cooking can get hot, especially in direct sunlight. We built them a long pergola that extends from their house all the way to the end of their outdoor kitchen. This will create a shaded area for them that still allows them to fully experience the outdoors.

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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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