Cantor’s Corner: Keys to Great Landscape Design & Installation
Presented by Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel
by Gregg Cantor
Resident Expert, The Home Pro Show
President, Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel
There is more to great landscape design than just going to a big store or nursery and buying plants to throw in the ground. To create a beautiful space that also functions as needed, here are some things to consider:
1. Alkaline level of soil should be tested to find out what amendments are needed. Typically, soil quality in San Diego County is poor.
2. You will need to import good dirt and install proper drainage to help plantings take hold and thrive.
3. With the drought and water rationing, it is important to identify the proper species of plantings like succulents to cut down on water use.
4. Install a smart time clock and drip irrigation to save water.
5. Remember that not all plants have the same watering needs, and plan your design to group plants with similar requirements to maximize water use.
6. Consider artificial turf and interlocking brick to further cut down on water use. There are great re-bates for replacing natural turf too.
Not only will a good design save water, you can save on long term maintenance. You may also want to consider low voltage accent lighting for tress, paths and planter beds. This can create a nice ambiance, but doubles as a safety measure.