Landscape Art

In every profession, certain individuals put such an intense level of focus and energy into perfecting their craft that the results often become near works of art in their own right. This applies to carpentry, manufacturing, and – the subject of today’s article – landscaping.

We’re all well aware of the intense beauty of past landscaping efforts in places like Versailles, but what if I told you we have some of the most interesting and gorgeous contemporary pieces of landscaping right here in southern California? Companies like Torrey Pines Landscaping Company operating right here out of Point Loma are creating some of the most complex and beautiful cultural and local landscaping projects in the world, and they have the portfolio to prove it.

Their work, which has won recognition from a number of local publications like San Diego Home & Garden, has transformed disastrous yards suffering from decades of neglect into intricate works of art. Where there were once yards consisting of nothing but some dying grass and a few scraggily trees comes a botanical paradise that takes you through a number of the world’s histories via varying architecture and landscaping styles.

Their customers also have nothing but good things to say about them – their G-page and Yelp reviews have a number of long and glowing testimonials regarding their professionalism and the quality of their work. Robert Engler left this review, for instance, on Google:

Torrey Pines is the 4th company, starting over 10 years ago, we have had for landscapers. We had two mow & blow companies, and one other professional company but weren’t happy. TP fantastic. Our site supervisor is a true horticulture expert, the employees have an educational 1/2 day every other week, we NEVER have to worry about anything and our 1 acre+ of landscaping is a joy and pleasure. They just did a major needed driveway and retaining wall replacement; they are excellent hardscape contractors as well. They asked to copy and paste the note I sent them, but it wasn’t sufficient to communicate the quality of their work.

Gary Elliott, also through Google, remarks on the company’s uniquely exceptional work:

I cannot think of another company that has performed so exceptionally. I want to credit Doug Dilworth and his team that worked with us every step of the way as we transformed our backyard wasteland into a work of art. Doug is creative professional who stands by his word and delivered as one could only hope. I highly recommend Torrey Pines Landscape Company.

Finally, Ryan S. tells a story about Torrey Pines rectifying the horror show that was their new home’s landscaping upon purchase:

“We bought a home in the Crosby in Rancho Santa Fe, and it was an ugly mess of landscaping with a design that made the front look short and covered the back golf course view.  It needed a major beautification.  
We knew we needed Torrey Pines Landscaping, and their wonderful team lead by the humble Harry Thompson.  Harry has a servant’s heart plus a special talent for landscape design.  
Torrey Pines Landscaping transformed the ugly landscaping to an awarding winning design that ended up on the cover of San Diego Home/Garden.  
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If you really appreciate great design, beautiful flowers and nature, and quality work, Torrey Pines Landscaping is the only choice!”

All crafts have their artists, and Torrey Pines fits the bill for landscape maintenance and development. If you’re in the San Diego area and are looking to beautify your yard beyond the usual mow-and-blow, give them a call:

Torrey Pines Landscaping Company

+18584541433

5560 Eastgate Mall, San Diego, CA 92121

To Turf Or Not To Turf

Southern California may have some of the best weather on the planet, but it is no stranger to environmental disasters. The record ferocity of wildfires in the preceding years, while primarily affecting northern and central California, have not left our part of the state untouched: the Woolsey fire of 2018 was one of the most destructive fires in the State’s history, dwarfed only by the other massive wildfires concurrently burning through the piled-up undergrowth in the state’s forests.

One of the primary causes for these events is the high incidence of draught in the state – California, while incredibly beautiful, is highly subject to the ever-changing weather patterns in the Pacific ocean and the consistent high pressure systems moving in from the high desert to its east. This relationship between low pressure ocean systems and high pressure desert atmospheric conditions leads to a propensity for random, yet devastating, extended periods of draught, which leaves great swathes of our forests dead and the perfect kindling for massive fires to break out.

As citizens of this great state, we’ve been rather lax in our response to these dangers, choosing to utilize far greater amounts of water than the state can reasonably produce on its own, leading to greater and greater shortages in years of draught. One of the primary culprits of this water usage is the suburban home dwellers’ favorite aspect of home ownership – our lawns!

Lawns in the state can suck up more than 100 gallons of water in a year, and with millions of homes and businesses that are looking to have that luscious green carpet in front of their doors, the compounding effect leads to an ever greater demand for water on our parched state. With many unwilling to give up the aesthetically pleasing and calming effects of their greenery, what can we, as responsible residents in the great state of California, do?

One alternative that is gaining considerable momentum in areas of southern California like Orange County and San Diego is replacing your natural grass with artificial grass. A far cry from the astroturf of football stadiums in the 1970’s, modern turf is nearly indistinguishable from the real thing, with plenty of different options for texture, color, and tactile sensation.

The growth in usage is no joke – according to a Guardian article from August 2nd, 2019, “…the market is growing. Dozens of specialist firms now market fake grass as a replacement for garden lawns. UK sales surged during last year’s record summer temperatures, according to the industry journal Hortweek, while a report by Up Market Research valued the global market at $2.5bn (£2bn) in 2016 and forecasts a “staggering” rise to $5.8bn by 2023.”

As temperatures continue to rise due to global climate change and average rain fall begin to decline in parts of the world, those who desire a greener lawn may need to begin looking for alternatives. For those of us in the beautiful southern California region who are looking to take the plunge into the world of artificial turf, we highly recommend the local company NoMow Turf, who have been servicing our communities for 15 years.

A quick perusal through their Yelp and Google Review pages reveals that the company and its owner, Pat Bray, have solid reputation for honest, competent work, and the results of their installations speaks for themselves through the pictures available.

If you’re interested in helping our state conserve water while retaining the gorgeous green of your lawn, please give the spotlighted company a look:

NoMow Turf

(866) 679-4863

26674 Vista Terrace, Lake Forest, CA 92630

An Easy Choice For Your Landscaping Needs

One thing I’ve heard from every homeowner I’ve ever met was that finding a contractor or landscaper that was actually good at their job is almost impossible. The field is absolutely rife with one horror story after another of workers slouching on the job, projects takin months longer than they should, and ever-expanding budgets with mediocre results.

One of the worst I’ve heard recently is a contractor that was charged with completely redesigning a kitchen from the ground up (literally, they took the flooring out and everything). The guy put the poor woman on a waiting list four months after the contract was signed, and then his team proceeded to utterly mangle every single part of the job she had spent so long stressing over and planning with the owner of the company as he partied away south of the border.

Her kitchen was out of commission for months, and during much of that time her entire house smelled of various chemicals used during the construction process and was frequently choked with concrete dust as the clumsy oafs ripped up her floors to install an extra support beam. At the end of everything, she got some mismatched countertops, but otherwise things looked fine.

Fast forward a few months, and her son happened to point out to her that the new arch installed that replaced the wall that was previously there seemed to be bowing slightly. They took a couple nails and string and, sure enough, the whole ceiling was starting to collapse inward. After strenuously denying any wrong doing, after getting the second opinion of multiple other handymen, it turned out that the support structure the contractors had put into place was nowhere near strong enough for the load it now carried. Another 2 weeks were needed to make the necessary repairs.

The point is, a good construction company is way harder to find than it should be. With the kind of razor-thin margins these guys are working with and the fact that their entire business is run almost exclusively on word of mouth, you’d think they’d want to provide the best job they could.

Well, if you’re in the market for a landscaping redesign for your back or front yard and are in the San Diego area, I have some great news for you: we may have found one of the few good ones in the industry. Torrey Pines Landscaping Company is THE premier landscape design firm for Point Loma, San Diego, Encinitas, and general San Diego County area. Just take a look at some of their most recent work, a French Garden in Mission Hills and a full back yard redesign for their client in Point Loma.

Whether you’re just looking to touch up your yard or completely transform it into a modern outdoor entertainment center, Torrey Pines takes an incredible amount of pride in the work that they do and works with you to make sure you’re getting the kind of backyard urban landscaping that you’ve always dreamed of.

If you’re lucky enough to be looking for some landscaping work in Mission Hills or beyond in the San Diego area, make sure to give Torrey Pines a call. You won’t regret it.

Torrey Pines Landscaping Company

(858) 454-1433 5560 Eastgate Mall, San Diego, CA 92121

Saving Water, One Lawn At A Time

You hear about it in the news, on TV, and basically on every corner of the internet. Water is a resource that needs to be preserved. This isn’t “news” to anyone, but it seems like you’ve done all you could do. You’ve set a timer for the shower, you stopped pre-rinsing dishes as much before putting them in the dishwasher. Heck, you’ve even cut down on your succulent collection. It seems like you’ve done everything imaginable cut down on your water usage. What else can one person do?

Think about sprinklers. They usually go off around the same time every day, usually during the hours you’re asleep. When a system runs automatically, especially during a time when most people aren’t even awake, it can be easy to forget how much water it’s using. Fortunately, there is a cheaper and much more energy-efficient alternative.

In this article, we’d like to highlight NoMow Turf. A fantastic company that is helping to keep Orange County drought-free by offering high-quality turf installation. Now I know what you’re thinking. Turf? Like the stuff they put on soccer fields made of tire and plastic? No way, that stuff always looks super fake.

Now that may have been the case in the past, but the astroturf industry has made leaps and bounds since its original prototypes and NoMow Turf is at the leading edge of this. When the drought was at its worst in California, artificial plant companies were forced to improve the aesthetics of their products. This is good news for the customers since the fake plant industry garnered significantly more competition than it had been blessed with in the past — and the astroturf industry was no exception.

Now there is astroturf made to be so realistic that you can’t even tell the difference. And it may sound hard to believe; usually, you can pin fake lawns from a mile away. But think about the industries that have benefitted from the fake grass industry in your area — ever seen dying grass in Disneyland? Exactly.

Let’s think about how installing fake grass can save you money: of course, you pay for the product and installation, but after that? Nothing. No water bills inflating during the dry season, no need for de-snailing products, no need to purchase fertilizer for patches that don’t grow in as well. After that initial payment, your work here is done.

Let’s also look at the reasons most people don’t invest in turf: It will look super artificial and weird. People will think I’m fake ‘cause my grass is fake. Or won’t the pieces of rubber get loose from it and give away the “authentic” look?

In reality, people will appreciate the fact that you are saving water more than they appreciate the authenticity of your grass. And in response to the second reason, I can understand the source: how we maintain the outside of our house tends to be an outward projection of how we maintain ourselves. However, if you are already projecting the message that conserving water is important by having turf, wouldn’t that be a positive thing? Artificial turf in Orange County has been increasing in popularity in recent years, and it’s not just a fashion trend — it has turned into a statement of environmental consciousness.

So whether or not you would honestly consider the turf option for your home, you can’t deny that it would be a huge step in the environmentally friendly direction. Fortunately, the California drought is over; let’s hope that more people switch over to turf to keep it that way. We want to thank NoMow Turf for doing their part in helping to keep out county and state beautiful and fully watered.

NoMow Turf, Inc.

26674 Vista Terrace, Lake Forest, CA 92630

(855) 968-8873

Greener Pastures Await Right in Your Own Back Yard

Spring time is here! 

Studies have shown that spending more time outside can have a direct connection to one’s emotional aptitude and mental wellness. In fact, spending more time outside is the only natural way to receive Vitamin D, which is necessary for our nervous systems, and can cause major problems if left deficient. 

And what about those outdoor grilling lovers? So many people enjoy a good backyard barbecue but lack the surroundings for typical enjoyment. Why not choose to make your yard a place you can truly relax in and get back to nature?

This got us to thinking and we began researching the benefits of landscaping in San Diego. We came across five great ones that you can read about below and we found the business that is making waves in the industry.

Our featured company might just be the fix that you and your yard need, providing customized landscaping options to create the oasis of your dreams. Studies have shown that having your yard landscaped can provide many benefits, such as the following:

  • Making memories in a private outdoor space: Having a relaxing place to rest and catch up with your relatives in the outdoors can actually increase the amount of time the whole family spends outside.
  • People love a good outdoor venue: It is a fact that when you have a nice yard more of your friends will want to occupy that space with you because of how comforting and relaxing the feel is. This translates to you becoming the coolest neighbor around. After all, everyone loves the ‘hostess with the most-est.’
  • Property values: By taking the time to have your yard professionally landscaped you can actually increase the value of your home and property. Which means your initial investment can actually pay for itself even after leaving you feeling healthier, happier, and more at peace.
  • Positive effect on the outdoor environment: Usually, landscaping is done with such finesse that it increases the likelihood of other woodland creatures coming to enjoy your outdoor space, as well. This means more birds if you happen to be a bird watcher, or possibly squirrels, chipmunks and other smaller creatures. When land is prepared for its climate it can reduce stormwater drainage and runoff or other natural erosion that could lead to additional, costly repairs down the road. Mulching, and laying sod can also prevent flooding when those spring downpours that April brings finally begin.
  • Ability to enjoy yourself without judgment: So, what if you enjoy that cold brewski at noon, if the sun is shining you should be able to right? Of course, and with a well-manicured back yard you’ll be able to do so at any time of the day without facing scrutiny from onlookers. What about old Rover? Taking your dog to the park may be a good day adventure, but what if you want to enjoy some fetch without having to walk too far or make a dreaded commute through traffic just to have to leash your dog once you get there?

To accomplish all of this it takes a top-notch landscaping company. San Diego is full of imitators, but luckily for you, we have found the very best. If you would like to transform your ordinary backyard into the envy of all of your neighbors then you need to get in contact with:

Torrey Pines Landscape Co.

(858) 454-1433