Sunday, December 9, 2018

Pruning Mexican Bush Sage

When your Mexican Bush Sage gets long and leggy (like the below photo) it's time to prune it.

Typically the best time to prune Mexican Bush Sage is in December and June.
Prune the Sage down to 12" (see photo).  This will allow the sunlight to reach the new growth.  After pruning, feed the plant with a slow release fertilizer.
 


After 3 months, the Sage should be in full bloom (see below).
 



Friday, December 7, 2018

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Photo - Crushed Decomposed Pathway


This rustic pathway is half the cost of concrete and permeable. 
Photo by Doug Kalal, taken at a client's garden in Poway

Monday, December 3, 2018

Barbeques Galore



Here's the web page for BBQ's Galore, a great place for your outdoor kitchen needs.

https://www.bbqgalore.com/


Photo - Built in Ice Bucket for BBQ Island

This built in ice bucket makes any BBQ Island a party place.  
This one is available from BBQ's Galore.
Photo by Doug Kalal

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Monday, November 5, 2018

Photo - Artificial Grass on Slope

One way to have a nice green slope in front of your home is use artificial turf.  This works best for a design with clean simple lines.  
Photo by Doug Kalal, taken at a client's residence in Rancho Bernardo

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Photo - Pincushion Flower (Scabiosa sp.)

Scabiosa is a nice little flower that is great for bees and butterflies.
Photo by Doug Kalal, taken at a client's garden in Point Loma.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Monday, October 8, 2018

Southwest Boulder & Stone

Here is the webpage for the best rock company in San Diego County.

Southwest Boulder & Stone

Photo - Southwest Boulder crashes into car

All kidding aside, Southwest Boulder & Stone is my favorite place to go for boulders, decomposed granite and other landscape supplies.  Here is there webpage for more into.
Photo by Doug Kalal

https://www.southwestboulder.com/


Thursday, September 27, 2018

Photo - Peruvian Lily (Alstroemeria sp.)

This is a great cut flower that dies back in the winter.
Photo by Doug Kalal, taken at a client's garden in Point Loma

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Photo - Pilaster with Address Bar

A nice, colorful address bar mounted on a pilaster is the perfect way to your friends know that they have found you!
Photo by Doug Kalal, taken at a client's residence in Rancho Bernardo

Monday, September 17, 2018

Photo - Paver Driveway 'Casita Manor'

This driveway was made from Casita pavers.  The color is Manor Gray.
Photo by Doug Kalal, taken at a client's residence in Rancho Bernardo.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Photo - Artificial turf putting green next to a kids play structure

This client had a shady part of their property where grass had difficulty thriving.  I suggested an artificial turf putting green and a play structure area for the grand kids.  This was a huge hit.  Now the grownups play golf while the little ones play in their own area.  
Designed by Great Gardens Landscape Design. 
Photo by Doug Kalal, taken at a client's residence in Rancho Santa Fe,

Friday, September 7, 2018

Photo - Outdoor Fireplace with TV

This outdoor TV takes football viewing to another level. 
Photo by Doug Kalal, taken at a client's residence in Encinitas.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Photo - Flagstone set on concrete

This is Arizona Tan Flagstone set on concrete with beige mortar.  Built by Dandy Landscape.
Photo by Doug Kalal, taken at a client's residence in San Diego

Friday, August 3, 2018

Photo - Red Yucca (Hesperaloe sp. 'Brakelights')

This wonderful succulent's bright red flower is great for attracting hummingbirds.
Photo by Doug Kalal

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Photo - Curving Pool with Spa and Firepit


This custom pool, spa and fire pit flow into one another.  The materials tie everything together.  The concrete is David Color 'Palomino'. Designed by Great Gardens Landscape Design. 
Photo by Doug Kalal, taken at a client's residence in Poway

Photo - Decomposed Granite Path with Rock Border


This rustic pathway was made by combining a decomposed granite pathway with a rock border and a stacked stone seating wall.
Photos by Doug Kalal, taken at a client's residence in La Mesa

Photo - Blue Chalk Fingers (Senecio vitalis)

This nice ground cover is both drought tolerant and fire resistant.
Photo by Doug Kalal

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Photo - Colored Concrete Davis Color Medium Gray



This is concrete with an integrated color and a Top Cast #3 finish.
The color is Davis 'Medium Gray'.  
Always do expansion joints every 4' to 5' to reduce cracking.
Hardscape by Dandy Landscape.
Photos by Doug Kalal

Monday, July 9, 2018

Photo - Butterfly on Lantana

Lantana is a great plant for attracting butterflies.  This drought tolerant plant is also rabbit resistant due to the slight toxicity of the foliage (don't use in back yards with small kids or dogs).  Lantana comes in a wide variety of colors. 'Confetti' and 'New Gold' are my favorite and are pictured above.
Photo by Doug Kalal

Monday, July 2, 2018

Photo - Raised Patio

This backyard had a tricky 4' elevation change to deal with.  By using Country Manor Keystone walls, I created a terraced patio with planters.  The patio was formed with Stone Top Pavers from RCP Block & Brick.  The landscape was built by Green Gardens Landscape Construction.  Photo by Doug Kalal, taken at a client's residence in La Jolla.

Photo - Modern Outdoor Room

Photo by Doug Kalal, taken at a client's residence in Escondido

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Photo - Colored Concrete "Palomino"



This patio was made with an integrated colored concrete.  
This is Davis concrete color "Palomino" with a Top Cast #3 finish.
Photos by Doug Kalal, taken at a client's residence in Poway

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Photo - Bocce Ball Court

This custom built Bocce Ball court uses crushed oyster shells mixed with decomposed granite for its playing surface.  3/4" crushed DG is the material used for the area around the court, while fine DG is used for the pathways on the perimeter.  Pressure treated wood that has been stained forms the rectangle frame of the court.
Built by Dandy Landscape.
Designed by Great Gardens Landscape Design
Photo by Doug Kalal, taken at a client's residence in Rancho Bernardo

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Photo - Betty Boop Rose

This easy care rose is disease resistant and a heavy bloomer.  A perfect plant to brighten your day.
Photo by Doug Kalal, taken at a client's garden in Point Loma.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Pruning Mexican Bush Sage

When your Mexican Bush Sage gets long and leggy (like the below photo) it's time to prune it. Typically the best time to prune Me...