Drought Tolerant Landscape in La Cresta CA
This raised paver patio has a circular retaining wall that retains the hillside while providing additional seating for your guests. The walkway and patio are constructed with pavers and the wall was constructed using Bella Vista Verazzo blocks.
Tuscanny LandscapeWhy settle for Tuscan design elements when you can have Greek Corinthian columns? These Greek columns will support a steel ornate Pergola which is above a stamped area comprised of two intertwining rings. We are starting the second phase of this residential project located in wine Country Temecula CA.
A Temecula Landscape A Temecula Landscape with a French style Garden and courtyard design. Incorporating the formality of the French style with the debue of the circle as a main design element transformed this typically formal landscape style into a contemporary Temecula landscape with Modern American style. The Roman columns gave the design more authenticity [...]
The owner of this 5 acre property in La Cresta wanted to make some outdoor improvements and wanted a French Cottage garden design which would include a low maintenance, waterwise xeriscape utilizing drought tolerant and California native plants. We worked with Susan Frommer on the overall design which included the softscape, drip irrigation, decorative [...]
Why Choose Xeriscaping Over a Traditional Softscape? Before we embark on a DIY xeriscape project. Let’s look at the reasons why we may choose this over a traditional lawn. The fact is, our current water consumption is not sustainable. We need cost-effective ways to build and maintain a beautiful landsccape that will be water and [...]
Background: Owner of Plants For Dry Places -Susan Frommer and I met a couple of years ago through our association and voluntary work with Rancho California’s Water Advisory Committee for Water Efficiency. Around that time, we collaborated on a residential Xeriscape project consisted of mostly California native plants for a 2.5 acre residence. Susan worked closely with [...]
Lumiere Winery Irrigation Completed Lumiere Winery, Temecula CA A-1 Landscaping & Design recently finished a winery irrigation project for Lumiere Winery, a family owned vineyard located in Wine Country Temecula. The winery irrigation included a separate drip system designed and installed to irrigate approx 300 trees and shrubs running independently from the winery irrigation for [...]
A Lack of Awareness of Plant Diversity There are few people who have the slightest idea or are aware of the extent of damage to our environment we have caused and how isolated we are from our natural environment. We no longer put value on nature – the source of all life and root of [...]
As most homeowners know, front yard landscaping is an important aspect in creating an attractive home. Your front yard design is the first thing that visitors will see when passing by your house, so it is important that the landscaping for this area be designed in a fashionable way. It’s also responsible for creating the [...]
Xeriscape Design for Deluz Project When this Xeriscape homeowner is not shooting his hit reality show for Time Warner and True TV, he and his wife spend time at their house nestled on 5 acres in De Luz Canyon outside of Temecula. I started discussions with with the homeowners over a year ago and brought [...]
Can Recycled Concrete be Re-Purposed for Sustainable Building? Anyone interested in sustainable building materials needs to look at using broken, recyled concrete called “urbanite” for patios, walkways, planter beds, fire pits, fireplaces, retaining walls and other outdoor structures. Why Use Urbanite in Your Landscpae? It’s a free material. It’s recycled. There’s no mining involved. It’s [...]
March Air Force Base Goes Xeriscape! In the Spring of 2012, Lt. COL Jason Czech hired A1 Landscape & Design, together with Susan Frommer of Plants for Dry Places to design and install a water-efficient landscape for the Western Aerial Defense building located at March Air Force Base. Colonel Czech wanted a newer and smarter [...]
This house had been recently purchased and had been rented out for some time. There was no landscape at all and the grass in the front had died. Before and after pictures of of the completed project with chiseled wall, artificial turf, and drip irrigation can be seen below. Summary of work:
The homeowners in Harveston (Murrieta, CA) had seen my work in the area and asked if I could assist them with the design and planning of their upcoming landscape project. The scope of their project was fairly simple-they wanted to add more living space for a future BBQ island and play area for their children [...]
Retaining walls are always going to be around but urbanite for gabion retaining walls are experiencing a comeback today as a green alternative that utilizes Urbanite -crushed recycled concrete and other waste material instead of rock for retaining walls. Retaining walls and Gabion walls date back thousands of years as a system of wall building. [...]