Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Video - Where can I find custom stone water fountains?

Photos - Costco Cafe Lights (also known as string lights)




I purchased a string of Costco cafe lights (also known as string lights). Overall they are a good product, well built, good price.  These lights are best used for higher rigging than what I used them for in my yard.  Because the lights are relatively low in my yard I wish the bulb was a little frosted.  However, my wife and kids love them.
Photos by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

 

Video - How to build a backyard pond.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Photo - Foxtail Agave (Agave attenuata)


This succulent grows like a weed here in San Diego.  When it reaches the end of it's life (8-10 years), this plant throws up a single beautiful flower that resembles a fox tail.
Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

 

Video - Selecting Decomposed Granite at Southwest Boulder & Stone

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Video - Do you need wall ideas for your garden?

Photo - Echeveria 'After Glow'


This cute little succulent is one of my favorite.  After Glow gets about 18" tall and wide.  Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design, taken at a client's garden in Pacific Beach

 

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Photo - Water lilies




Photos by Doug Kalal, taken at a client's garden in Rancho Santa Fe

 

Video - Mexican Bush Sage, a hummingbird's favorite drug 2 Minute Gardene...

Monday, September 14, 2020

Video - Lantana, a great butterfly plant for hot gardens

Photo - Blue Glow Agave


This stunning succulent is a great focal point for low water gardens.  The Blue Glow agave will reach 2 feet tall x 2 wide.  It is very sharp, so keep out of gardens with kids and pets. 
Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design, taken at a client's garden in San Diego

 

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Video - Relax and enjoy the water flowing

Photo - Tiny Tower Juniper


The Tiny Tower Juniper is great for tight spaces.  This dwarf Italian Cypress reaches about 15 feet tall by 2 feet wide.  Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design, taken at a client's garden in San Diego

 

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

1,000 Posts

Hello values readers, today I reached an amazing milestone.  After 9 years of blogging, I have posted my 1,000th post today. This post was a link to my YouTube channel, also called the 2 Minute Gardener.  Thank you for all the posts you've read and keep following!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOecVscjD0KcIT6B6lkRv-Q/

Video - Which Rosemary is right for you?

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Photo - Paver Driveway




This driveway used to be plain concrete and now it's a great curb appeal addition to the house.  The pavers you see are Catalan from RCP Block and Brick.  The color is Sky Ranch. Photos by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design, taken at a client's residence in Tierrasanta

 

Video - Crape Myrtles, the small tree with big color

Monday, September 7, 2020

Video - Backyard Pond

Photo - Decomposed Granite Pathway with Trex Deck and Jacuzzi


This lovely back yard used to have a weed filled lawn. Now it's a drought tolerant garden with a Trex deck and jacuzzi at the far end. Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design, taken at a client's garden in Pacific Beach

 

Friday, September 4, 2020

Video - Plants for Hummingbirds and Butterflies

Photo - Concrete Mow Strip


Concrete mow strips are a great way to separate grass from planting beds.  With a mow strip you can just drive the lawn mower over the edge of the lawn.
Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design, taken at a client's garden in Encintas

 

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Photo - Flagstone Patio


This patio features flagstone set in concrete. Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design

 

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Photo - Pink Kangaroo Paw (Anigozanthus flavidus)


Kangaroo Paws are great drought tolerant plants that also are good cut flowers.  Make sure to plant them at least 2 inches above the soil grade because these plants will rot if too much water pools around their root crown.
 

Monday, August 31, 2020

Photo - Pillar Wrap


This is a great way to add some counter space to a back patio.  Wrap the shade structure posts with some 6" deep CMU blocks and cover. Voila!
Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design, taken at a client's residence in San Diego


 

Photo - Columnar Podocarpus


Columnar Podocarpus make a lovely hedge for tight spaces.  This plants will eventually reach 10 to 15 feet in height. Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design
 

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Photo - Wood Deck


This custom wood deck was built around a new hot tub.  The wood is Mangeris, a hardwood that has been stained and sealed. Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design, taken at a client's residence in North Park.
 

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Photo - Play Structure in Sand Box


This fun space was created for the client's 2 young kids.  We poured 6" deep of play sand.
Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design, taken at a client's residence in Santee
 

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Photo - Pool and Hot Tub with Ceramic Tile Coping


This beautiful pool uses ceramic tile for coping and accent in the concrete pool deck. Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design, taken at a client's residence in Poway
 

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Photo - Double Staking a young tree


It is important for the development of a young tree that the nursery stake is removed and a double (or even triple) stake system is set up.  This allows the bark to develop structural and vascular integrity.
Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design
 

Monday, August 24, 2020

Photo - Address Boulder and Olive Tree


This job site included a large retaining wall made of boulders.   I decided to use one of the boulders that had a very flat side to create a distinctive address marker.  I then placed a large olive tree behind the boulder and put a nice LED uplight on all the elements.
Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design, taken at a client's residence in Rancho Santa Fe
 

Friday, August 21, 2020

Photo - Blue Atoll Echeveria


This compact little succulent is great for containers. 
Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design
 

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Photo - Retractable Shade Structure


This shade structure has retractable fabric panels that allow the owner to adjust the amount of shade.
Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design, taken at a client's residence in San Diego
 

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Photo - Cactii and Modern Fence

This modern wood fence is accented with cactii. 
Photo by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design, taken at a client's residence in San Diego
 

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Photo - Volleyball Court

This front yard had a massive lawn and the owners wanted something fun for their large family, so we built a sand volleyball court.  Photos by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design, taken at a client's residence in Poway 

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Photo - Horizontal Wood Fence

These wood fences and gates were made with a hardwood called Mangeris which was stained for long lasting color.  Photos by Doug Kalal, Great Gardens Landscape Design taken at a client's residence in San Diego