There has been a fair amount of research pointing to the need for landscapes to be created with native plants. Simply focusing on a visually attractive yard can be dangerous to our local ecosystems if care for using native plants and cultivares isn't considered. Simple put; the unique native plants of our area evoke a sense of home and being near the coast.
1) Start by identifying the lowest point of your yard or a central location you can run all of the drains too. Consider your electrical needs as well. Keep in mind that it may be easier to run electrical wire than drainage pipes to your drain basin location.
Like many things in life, landscapes are very subjective. What appeals to me may not appeal to you. The same is true when it comes to maintenance. A landscape that I consider “high-maintenance” may seem easy for you, and vice-versa.
Lets talk about a few things that can help to keep landscape upkeep to a minimum.
Most of us don't like to get out in the garden and pull weeds. We just want to enjoy our yards. Crabgrass, bermuda, chickweed, they all grow fast and take over our beds quickly! It's annoying, especially after we just mulched or planted new landscape. I have a few tips that may help you out.
The first step in understanding erosion is knowing what is causing the erosion. What is the problem stemming from. There's so many options! Poorly placed downspouts, bad grading, no sunlight to allow vegetation to grow, steep grades, landscape upgrades, tree removal, and on, and on. I typically try to get customers to start by thinking back to when this issue started, or maybe just identify where the water is coming from. Maybe the source can be differed into a safer corridor.