Living Walls are a system of compartments that are mounted vertically and contain various plants arranged in interesting patterns to create a wall of lush living art. Living Walls can create privacy, reduce unwanted noise, and add beauty to any area. Many different types of plants can be used, including annuals, perennials, vegetables, succulents, natives, ferns, and vines. Free form patterns of plant material create the textured look of a tapestry. Geometric patterns can lend a sophisticated modern look. Dense plantings of ferns resemble lush jungle walls.
We recommend the Vertexx Living Wall System – this system is constructed of galvanized steel panels and sturdy plastic planting trays suitable for indoor or outdoor use. Individual wall sections are 8 feet tall by 4 feet wide, and can be linked together to form larger walls, or trimmed to fit any space. The system is designed to keep weed seeds from germinating, and adding an automatic irrigation and fertilization system creates a low maintenance vertical growing surface.
A variety of other Living Wall, Living Fence, and Living Retaining Wall Systems are available.
Edible landscaping is the practical integration of food plants within an ornamental or decorative setting. The same design principles as for ornamental landscapes are used, while substituting edible plants such as lettuces, berries, vegetables and fruit trees for some of the otherwise inedible plantings. Using edibles in landscape design can enhance a garden by providing a unique ornamental component with additional health, aesthetic, and economic benefits. Edible landscaping is a mixture of beauty and utility.
Dry creekbeds are a good way to add visual interest to the landscape by suggesting the presence of water, and by adding texture and elevation change to your landscape. They are an excellent way to address drainage and erosion issues, and are easier to maintain than a French drain. Even if you do not have drainage problems they can be an attractive addition to your garden.
Adding an outdoor water feature, such as as a small pond or a trickling fountain can add ambient noise, and brings a sense of serenity and relaxation to your landscape. It can be the focal point of your garden or tucked away in a private corner. Water features attract beautiful wildlife, including birds, butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects to your garden.
The different types of water features available include:
- Ponds, Streams, and Waterfalls
- Fountains and Birdbaths
An Endless Pool is a pool that allows you to exercise or swim-in-place against an adjustable current in the privacy of your own property. It is a good alternative if you have limited space for a traditional sized pool. Additionally, less chlorine is needed, and they are more economical to run as they use fewer resources than a traditional swimming pool. Installation can be done indoors or outdoors – in ground or above.
Irrigation Water Auditing
An irrigation audit is a procedure used to collect data and provide information about the uniformity of application, rate of precipitation, and overall condition of an irrigation system. By following the proper auditing techniques, irrigation systems can be evaluated, and the resulting information used to schedule irrigation appropriately. Audits are most often performed on sprinkler type systems, but can also be used in testing drip irrigation systems.
The irrigation audit consists of three main activities:
- Site Inspection
- Performance Testing
- Irrigation Scheduling
Each activity helps to determine whether the landscape, garden, or turf areas are getting the right amount of water. Together, these activities provide landscape maintenance personnel or homeowners a customized irrigation program based on site specific conditions and irrigation system performance, often resulting in significant water and cost savings.
Designing and Installing Rainwater Harvesting
Rainwater harvesting is the accumulation and deposition of rainwater for reuse on-site, rather than allowing it to run off, and is a great way to water your landscape.
Designing and Installing Residential Graywater Systems
Graywater systems could provide an estimated 30% reduction in water use for the average household. Especially during a drought, this is an ecologically sustainable way to water your landscape.
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“There was no proper drainage on the property and our house had flooded several times during the 20+ years we have lived here. Earthscapes designed and built an entirely new landscape and drainage system for our home. Everyone involved in this process was professional, creative, and fun to work with. They showed up exactly when they said they would. The subsequent drainage system and landscaping has given us an environment that has resulted in countless hours of joy.”
“Suzanne and Mike Morrison are the owners of Earthscapes, and are as professional as anyone in business we’ve met. From the early meetings with Suzanne about the types of plants we might like, to the very professional drawings she prepared, to the installation of a long garden wall and hardscape, to the installation of all of the plant materials, the Earthscapes team was fabulous. Suzanne and Mike have the type of employees that every business owner would love to have.”
“Thank you for the exceptional job you and your crew did in creating our backyard sanctuary. From our first meeting to the completion of the project, we felt that we were in a true collaboration with you to create a unique and spectacular space. Your creative and practical input guided us along the way while still allowing us the freedom to create very personal statements with our decisions.”
“From the first day, we knew the choice of Earthscapes was the best! The entire team was professional, communicated well with us, spent their time very wisely, and cleaned up along the way and at the end of each day. We are totally pleased with the quality of the materials and the workmanship that went into this project and are enjoying their efforts thoroughly. The work was completed in a timely manner and with top-quality results. Cannot recommend Earthscapes and their team highly enough.”
“Suzanne was easy to work with, solicited and responded to our input. She is very knowledgeable about plants that do well in San Luis Obispo and has good relationships with local wholesale nurseries. She allowed us to accompany her to pick out the plants to be used. Earthscapes was a pleasure to work with from top to bottom.”
“It was very easy working with Earthscapes. From initial design interview to the installation of the final plant, they provided friendly, professional and personal service. Their crews worked quietly, so the project did not disturb the neighborhood… Most important, Mike and Suzanne listened closely to our vision. The result was a unique landscape designed specifically for our site. They were available throughout the project on phone and e-mail and stopped by frequently to make sure the job was going well. I recommend Earthscapes highly.”
“Mike and Suzanne are awesome to work with. Their work has held up very well. They do a great job and stand behind their work. They were very patient with us and worked hard to make sure we ended up with exactly what we wanted. We highly recommend them for hardscape and landscape.”
“Suzanne and Mike were very accommodating and patient… I am impressed by the fact that they didn’t take shortcuts and the work done was very professional. I will also be using them for maintenance on my yard. I have had a lot of positive feedback on my yard from neighbors and passersby. I love my new yard, and considering the amount of time, attention to details, quality of materials and professionalism, the price I paid was very fair. I highly recommend Earthscapes.”
“I want to thank you for responding so quickly to my request for help for my broken water main. I’m sure you are all quite busy with many planned projects, but you helped me out when I was in a bind and I want you to know that I appreciate it. I am very pleased with the professional and congenial relationship you develop with your clients. I am also very happy with the projects you have completed for us and I hope to continue working with you on future endeavors.”