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 in Susan Frommer of “Plants for Dry Places” to undertake the general Xeriscape design and plant design for this large property.
A1 Landscape & Design was responsible for designing and installing the hardscape and xeriscape, which included segmental block retaining walls, DG paths, stamped/colored decorative concrete, terraced planters with xeriscape, flagstone and Decomposed granite walkways.
A long staircase was built with railroad ties and compacted DG allowing access to the Engelmen oaks and stream bed 300′ below their house. To control the erosion to the slope along their stream bed, a “gabion” was constructed using river rock and steel fencing that cost far less than a traditional retaining wall. To prevent erosion of their main slope, over 15000 sq of jute was installed and 2500 native California plants were installed. We installed 6 additional low pressure valves for the needed drip irrigation to water all of the plants. Prior to installing the xeriscape and low water usage plants, the homeowner was irrigating with rotary sprinklers. Rotary sprinklers are very inefficient because they project water everywhere in an area and causes weed growth with additional ongoing maintenance costs. This was the case with the two large slopes. By installing drip irrigation for the slopes, we were able to keep the watering location at the root zone of each plant and not waste water. Overall, this homeowner will see approx a 40-50% drop in his next water bill!
15000 sq ft of jute was installed to preserve the integrity of the slope and prevent erosion!