Archive for the 'Landscaping' Category

Aerial hedge trimming

Here’s a photo from the quirky former website Burbia.com. This fellow found a unique solution to that pesky hedge-trimming job. This beats the heck out of standing on a tall ladder and leaning over with a hedge trimmer in your hands. Hey, if this is safe and you’ve got the right equipment, why not?

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End-of-the-Month Giveaway: Backyards: A Sunset Design Guide

UPDATE: We have a winner! Congratulations to Jose, whose name was chosen at random from all who entered. Check back at the end of August for another chance to win. This month's giveaway is an excellent book titled Backyards: A Sunset Design Guide, which I reviewed here. To enter, you must do two things: 1. [...]

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Book Report: Backyards: A Sunset Design Guide

For the past few months, I've been lucky enough to live in a house with amazing landscaping — lawns, flowering shrubs, ferns, graceful trees, fencing, a multi-level deck.  But the most amazing element is an enormous screened gazebo (seen here) next to a waterfall and a pond. There is a bridge going from the deck [...]

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Looking for a landscaper

A reader sent in this email: Hi! I saw your Pardon Our Dust article on drought-tolerant grasses. Can you recommend good landscape architect in the L.A. area? (Pamela Burton is not taking new clients.) Thanks! Any recommendations for this reader?

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SoCal Garden Forum: What’s wrong with this elm tree?

Dear SoCal Gardeners: My mother-in-law gave me this Chinese elm tree (click photo to enlarge) and I planted it about five years ago. It’s never done that well. It grows fast but the leaves get blackened and the branches break off. The latest break took off about a third of the tree, and it looks [...]

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Q&A: Which grasses were in that award-winning landscape?

At the urging of reader “tarbubble,” I asked the designers at Pamela Burton & Company what lawn substitutes they used on their award-winning Malibu landscape (which was featured previously on this blog). I got a response from Burton associate Stephen Billings. First of all, regarding grasses in lieu of lawn, he recommends referring to the [...]

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Q&A: Which grasses were in that award-winning landscape?

<p><a href=”http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.shared/image.html?/photos/uncategorized/2008/05/29/malibulandscapegrasses.jpg” onclick=”window.open(this.href, ‘_blank’, ‘width=679,height=430,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0′); return false”><img alt=”Malibulandscapegrasses” title=”Malibulandscapegrasses” src=”http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/pardonourdust/images/2008/05/29/malibulandscapegrasses.jpg” width=”480″ height=”303″ border=”0″ style=”float: left; margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;” /></a></p> <p>At the urging of reader “tarbubble,” I asked the designers at <a href=”http://www.pamelaburtonco.com/”>Pamela Burton & Company</a> what lawn substitutes they used on their award-winning Malibu landscape (which was <a href=”http://www.kathysremodelingblog.com/2008/05/santa-monica-la.html”>featured previously</a> on this blog).</p> [...]

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Santa Monica landscaper wins award for sustainable Malibu project

Pamela Burton & Co. won an Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects for the gardens and hardscape (seen above) at a Malibu beachfront home. At first, the owner wanted lots of bright green turf. But the designers explained how that would be out of place with the sand and chaparral of the [...]

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Weed problem in Ohio town, but not the smoking kind

A proposed amendment by the Canton City Council in Ohio could put homeowners who let their weeds and grass grow too high in jail. As the law stands now, according to The Repository in Canton, more than 8 inches constitutes high grass or weeds and first-time violators face a minor misdemeanor, which carries up to [...]

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Q&A: If a neighbor’s dead tree falls on my roof, who pays?

<p><a href=”http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.shared/image.html?/photos/uncategorized/2008/05/20/deadtree.jpg” onclick=”window.open(this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=620,height=826,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39;); return false”><img alt=”Whose problem is a dead tree?” border=”0″ height=”333″ src=”http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/pardonourdust/images/2008/05/20/deadtree.jpg” style=”FLOAT: right; MARGIN: 5px” title=”Whose problem is a dead tree?” width=”250″ /></a>From Barry Stone&#39;s &quot;Ask the Inspector&quot; column in the <a href=”http://www.latimes.com/classified/realestate/”>Real Estate</a> section:</p> <p><strong>Question</strong>: The neighbors who live behind us have three large, dead trees that border our [...]

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Q&A: If a neighbor’s dead tree falls on my roof, who pays?

From Barry Stone's "Ask the Inspector" column in the Real Estate section: Question: The neighbors who live behind us have three large, dead trees that border our fence. A few years ago, our insurance company informed us that they would no longer insure our roof because it has wood shingles. If our neighbors' trees should [...]

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Help! Invading bamboo!

Question: Could you post an article on the responsible way to plant bamboo? Proper selection and planting could help neighbors retain friendship as well as money. My neighbor’s bamboo invaded my landscape, costing us a few thousand dollars and a huge headache. Thank you, Riley E. P.S. Thanks about the previous post on horsetail. I [...]

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Virtual tour of Venice backyard retreats

If your backyard isn’t what it could be, check out the Home section’s virtual tour of Venice gardens. I’m loving this simple tea house. You can see this and other Venice homes and gardens tomorrow, Saturday, during the Venice Garden & Home Tour. Tickets cost $70. (Photo: Annie Wells / Los Angeles Times)

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Ask a Landscape Designer: Gravel good in the garden?

Question: Could you find a landscaper to comment on pros/cons of pea gravel in a residential setting? I’m entranced with the look, and permeable hardscape is important to me. However, when I research on the Internet, I find most postings by homeowners are negative: It does not stay put if there are children or dogs [...]

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Sprinklers running in the rain? Mushrooms growing in your yard?

High-tech wizards have tried to get us to use our computers to control so many mundane daily tasks: opening and closing the drapes, turning on the hot tub, setting back our thermostats. But so far, we’ve resisted, finding a quick yank on the drapery pull easy enough. But here’s a device that might tip us [...]

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Scene From the Street: a Zen-like beast plotting to take over the yard

Walking through neighborhoods is so enlightening. You get to check out house colors you’re considering, or decorative stone faces, or architectural details. You can also see the real life of plants, far from the dreams and fantasies you harbor at the nursery, far from the lovely images of well-tended gardens in designer books and magazines. [...]

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Ask a Realtor: Is native landscaping more attractive to buyers?

Question: I’m curious what the effect of a native plant landscape would be versus a conventional turf grass and shrub landscape. Imagine that the native-centric landscape uses low-growing perennials such as sedge and yarrow as well as pavers in place of turf grass and that both yards have similar amounts of functional outdoor space. — [...]

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