Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Seems like an appropriate time to share one of our favorite lawn tricks. If you still have a lawn and want to make sure it stays evergreen and uses as little water as possible, just add clover. If you’re already maintaining your lawn organically (no chemical fertilizers or herbicides or weed&feed), good job! If you look closely, you will probably find some clover there already, probably in the really green parts. If not, you can overseed any part of your lawn that is looking bare/brown/patchy with Dutch White Clover seed. You can also top with some compost for good measure, but no need to go crazy with stinky manure.
Clovers, like legumes, (and with help from their little friends, in the soil) pull nitrogen out of the air and bring it into the soil, where they share it with the grass. Free, natural, bio-available fertilizer. That’s why the grass growing with them is super healthy.
You can order seed online (it’s cheaper than fertilizer!), and just throw some around your yard, especially where it’s looking unhappy. Water it regularly for a week or so and watch your grass turn super (lucky) green.
Read more about this in the “Estate Lawn” section of the Beverly Hills Garden Handbook.
Thanks, Houzz readers, for voting us one of the Best Of Houzz 2017!
And now, presenting the “Beverly Hills Garden Handbook” – now available online, for all to see!
We wrote this with G3 for the City of Beverly Hills, our 3rd handbook collaboration. All three handbooks explain the Watershed Approach to sustainable garden creation, remodeling and maintenance. They each contain extensive “How To” chapters, as well as sample designs and regionally specific plant lists.
This handbook address the various architectural and garden design styles of Beverly Hills. Update your garden sustainably while making it more beautiful and aesthetically harmonious with your home. Hope you enjoy it!
We helped G3 (Green Gardens Group) write this handbook for the San Diego SLP. Click on the link below for the full PDF.
The Sustainable Landscapes Program partners have produced a comprehensive, 71-page color guide entitled San Diego Sustainable Landscape Guidelines which details best practices and recommendations for a watershed approach to landscaping.
Starting with: bare dirt, wild vines, and existing decks.
What did we design? First, we worked out the grade change by adding a short garden wall and steps and cleaned up the vines. Next, drip irrigation, concrete pavers and a fossil-fuel-free EcoSmart firepit created outdoor living spaces, which needed some new outdoor furniture (we love Pot-Ted!).
Plants make the garden, so we started a soil party (by planting Myco-Packs with each plant), planted climate appropriate, low-water, dog-proof plants, and topped it all with a thick, healthy layer of mulch to feed the soil, limit evaporation, and keep everyone clean.
Ending: No! Now the fun starts for our clients, their dog, and their healthy new garden.
Here’s what the garden does:
+ Captures and infiltrates stormwater, eliminating site run-off and the need for imported water.
+ Produces lemons, apples, shade, habitat, flowers, and year-round color.
+ Requires limited maintenance: Paths, decks and stairs should be swept weekly, with all leaf debris spread around on existing mulch. Minor weeding will be required as everything settles in, and after seasonal rains. Trees and vines will need yearly pruning.
+ Requires limited inputs: Efficient drip irrigation is required to establish new plants, and then provide supplemental water in drought years, just twice a month. Light fixtures are LED and both super efficient and dimmable (with an app!).
+ Dog playground! Mulch keeps paws clean, limits flees, and provides a safe landing for rolling and frolicking. Plants are all sturdy and can stand an enthusiastic pit bull running into and through them.
Have to share this fun drone footage!
We’ve been consulting on this fantastic “remodel” and, while we feel that landscaping is always important, we are happy to play a supporting role to the leading architecture and starring scenery.
We are so honored to have been given the “Best Of Houzz 2015” Award in Design. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz, know as “Houzzers.”