This client wanted a modern Southwestern outdoor kitchen with BBQ grill, refrigerator and bar counter. The top is poured in place concrete. Photos by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design, taken at a client's residence in University City
It's rattlesnake season here in San Diego. All snakes serve an important part of the ecosystem. They are the first line of defense against rats. However, it's scary when they get into your yard. Instead of killing the snake call a removal specialist. If the snake is your house, call 911.
Tom Minga also does training to teach your dog to avoid rattlesnakes. He trained my dog and she is much more cautious on our hikes. Tom uses live rattlesnakes that are muzzled and have their venom glands removed.
When you need to build a short retaining wall (under 12"), a concrete stem wall is an easy way to solve that problem. In this yard there was a 6" drop from the patio to the back fence. In order to keep the lawn area level I designed a stem wall to surround the grass.
Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design, taken at a client's garden in Santee
This synthetic shade structure has 50% shade coverage, Notice the lights rigged to the beams. The hollow beams make it easy to conceal wires. Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design. Taken at a client's residence in San Diego
This beautiful Semi Dwarf Orange tree is a Mineola. The tree is about 15 years old and is 10 feet tall x 10 feet wide. This tree reached it's current size in about 7 years, starting as a small 5 gallon plant from Costco. It produces about 300 oranges each year. The fruit is ripe by mid February.
Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design