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Designing a sustainable landscape is not just about using drought-friendly plants or installing a water-wise irrigation system. Instead, it is about developing a well-rounded landscaping solution that makes use of eco-friendly materials and environmentally friendly techniques to effectively manage resources, reduce waste, and prevent pollution. Robinson Environmental Design, being a leading landscaping company serving households […]

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Designing a sustainable landscape is not just about using drought-friendly plants or installing a water-wise irrigation system. Instead, it is about developing a well-rounded landscaping solution that makes use of eco-friendly materials and environmentally friendly techniques to effectively manage resources, reduce waste, and prevent pollution.

Robinson Environmental Design, being a leading landscaping company serving households and businesses in Los Angeles and surrounding areas, specializes in the planning, design, and installation of sustainable yet artistic landscapes that not only help you reduce your carbon footprint, but also add to the curb appeal of your home and give it a more appealing and distinctive look. Our commitment to help our clients build their own personal backyard oasis where they can sit, relax, and unwind has gained us the attention and appreciation of industry experts.

Robinson Environment Design Gets Featured on Houzz

The right combination of hardscapes and softscapes is essential to create a landscape that not only looks vibrantly green, but also offers great practical value. Keeping this principle in mind, we designed a contemporary yet artistic landscape for a client. The landscape that features a bronze water fountain as the focal point, accompanied with pristine white marble benches earned us the appreciation of Lauren Dunec Hoang.

Lauren, who has served as an editor at Sunset Magazine, recently wrote an article titled Help Your Garden Hit the Mark with These 12 Focal Points. The article, which was published on Houzz, provides readers with 12 unique ideas to use sculpture, benches, and plants to create a focal point that can draw eyes and direct attention to a landscape. Ralph Robinson’s ability to creatively combine elegantly rustic hardscape elements with softscapes and the surrounding landscape gained RED a spot in this list of artistic landscapes that make the perfect use of different hardscape elements to create an appealing, eye-catching look.

5 Times RED Earned Accolade from Its Esteemed Customers

At Robinson Environment Design, we specialize in the design and installation of striking landscapes that look distinctively beautiful because of their smart use of conventional landscaping elements. While every landscape design created by our experts has a one-of-its-own-kind look, there are a few projects that gained us special accolade from our customers*.

Elle Saling — Project Cost: $10,000 — $49,999

“We cannot say enough about Ralph and his team. From planning to execution, the project was on schedule, on budget, and ended up better than we even imagined.”

Pernell — $10,000 — $49,999

Robinson Environmental Design did an outstanding job transforming my backyard into a garden. The space was very challenging given the various levels of the hillside. After several design iterations, we settled on a design that met most, if not all, of my family’s needs. The best dimension of the new garden is the use of color and flora. Who knew such subtleties could create amazing layers and textures. Walking into the space is like walking into a different space — like a tropical oasis.”

Dave — Project Cost $50,000 — $100,000

“Robinson Environmental Design exceeded our expectations in every regard. We asked Ralph to design and build the entire landscape of our home, and are so happy and proud of the results. Ralph is a real artist, with extensive knowledge of landscape and design.”

These reviews not only drive the landscaping experts at Robinson Environment Design to consistently innovate and create beautiful and eco-friendly gardens, but also help us connect with more customers who want to transform their yard into an inviting, peaceful, and beautiful oasis that offers them an opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and spend some time enjoying the natural beauty.

We believe that the highest compliment our customers can give us is provide us another opportunity to create an inviting outdoor space by recommending our services to a friend or family member. Each referral received helps us ensure that we are fulfilling our daily mission of enhancing the beauty and value of our client’s homes by creating functional, sustainable, and striking outdoor living spaces.

If you were satisfied with our service or have browsed through our portfolio and liked our work, please don’t hesitate to send your friends and family members our way. We promise to provide them with the same great quality work and customer service.

To view our work, please visit http://designrobinson.com/landscape-design-ideas/.

*Detailed reviews about the landscaping solutions and services provided by Robinson Environmental Design can be found at Houzz.

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An outdoor fireplace is an uncommon sight, but when designed and built the right way, it can add enhance the aesthetic appeal of your backyard landscape and increase the market value of your home. However, in order to extract maximum value from this unique landscaping idea, it is important that you select the right material […]

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An outdoor fireplace is an uncommon sight, but when designed and built the right way, it can add enhance the aesthetic appeal of your backyard landscape and increase the market value of your home. However, in order to extract maximum value from this unique landscaping idea, it is important that you select the right material that not only complements your home’s architecture and surrounding landscape, but is also strong and durable to offer you lasting value.

Natural stone, because of its unique colors and textures and excellent durability, is preferred over bricks, stucco, and other materials that are commonly used in the construction of indoor fireplaces. So, if you are ready to add this unique hardscaping element to your landscape design, here are a few options that will make the right choice for your outdoor fireplace.

1. Granite

Exceptionally hard and resistant to scratching, granite offers you unparalleled strength and durability. The natural stone has a distinctive appearance that is sure to enhance the look and feel of your backyard landscape. However, it is important to learn that it is a porous material, which means that it can absorb liquids and catch stains very quickly. Therefore, if you are considering using granite for your outdoor fireplace, you will be required to apply a protective layer of a good sealant in order to preserve its pristine look.

2. Marble

Marble’s inherent beauty and its aesthetically pleasant, unusual texture make it the preferred choice of homeowners who want to make an outdoor fireplace the cornerstone of their landscape design. However, the elegant and sophisticated look of marble is prone to damage by a number of environmental reasons. It has a crystalline structure, which means that it can be easily scratched. Also, it is sensitive to acidic substances which may etch the surface and cause discoloration. Therefore, make sure that you keep the maintenance needs of marble fireplace under consideration and invest in it only if you have the time and resources to take good care of your investment.

3. Limestone

The primary benefit of choosing limestone for your outdoor fireplace is that it is highly versatile and can work with different designs, styles, and themes. The stone has a warm, natural look which makes it the right choice for homes with a more elegant look. Probably the only drawback of this stone is that it can adsorb liquids easily and is soft to touch which makes it vulnerable to scratching and staining. Therefore, you will be required to seal the surface in order to preserve its natural spotless beauty and smooth finish.

To conclude, outdoor fireplaces make a smart landscaping investment as they not only offer you warmth during cooler months of the year, but also brighten up the space and make your backyard landscape more accessible and livable at night.

To explore more landscaping ideas, please contact us at 310 387 3548 or email at info@designrobinson.com.

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A Quick and Simple Guide to Container Gardening http://designrobinson.com/quick-simple-guide-container-gardening/ http://designrobinson.com/quick-simple-guide-container-gardening/#respond Fri, 10 Mar 2017 15:45:03 +0000 /?p=2324 The post A Quick and Simple Guide to Container Gardening appeared first on Los Angeles Landscape Design.

A viable solution for those who enjoy gardening but are unable to grow and take care of a full sized garden because of limited space, poor soil conditions, or lack of time, container gardening is becoming one of the most popular gardening techniques not just among apartment dwellers, but also among those who have the […]

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Landscape designA viable solution for those who enjoy gardening but are unable to grow and take care of a full sized garden because of limited space, poor soil conditions, or lack of time, container gardening is becoming one of the most popular gardening techniques not just among apartment dwellers, but also among those who have the space to grow an in-ground garden.

While there are a number of reasons people choose to grow plants in pots, the low maintenance needs and the ease of taking your favorite plants with you to a new location have contributed primarily to the increasing popularity of container gardening. So, if you are considering adding a little greenery to your landscape design or grow edible vegetables in your backyard, this post will help you get acquainted to container gardening and guide you through the entire process right from site selection to fertilization.

Growing Plants in Containers

Container gardening may sound like one of those quick and simple landscaping ideas that require little effort and time. While this is true to some extent, there are a number of factors to keep under consideration when it comes to contain gardening. These include:

1. Amount of Sunlight

Landscaping ideasWhile you can move potted plants anywhere you like, it is important that you consider the amount of sunlight needed by different plants to ensure their survival and optimal growth. If you are growing vegetables, your containers will require 5 to 6 hours of sunlight on average. However, this doesn’t stand true for leafy vegetables that can tolerate more shade. Others, such as carrots, beets, tomatoes, and eggplants will need more than 8 hours of sunlight each day. If you are growing flowers, the needs may vary depending on the varieties you aim to grow.

2. Type of Container

When selecting containers, keep two factors under consideration — set, drainage, and material.

  • Size — You do not want to select the ones that have a narrow opening as they will make repotting very difficult. Similarly, those with restricted root area may dry out very quickly, affecting plant’s growth.
  • Drainage — Make sure that the pots you select have adequate drainage. Place pots on bricks or blocks to allow easy drainage of water.
  • Material — There are three types of containers that are most commonly use in gardening — plastic, ceramic, and clay pots. Each of these has its own unique disadvantages. For example, plastic pots are susceptible to damage by sunlight and may require repotting of the plants, while clay pots may dry out rapidly and require more frequent watering.

3. Selection of Plants

This is the most challenging yet exciting part of container gardening. While it’s easy to walk into a nursery and choose plants that feature the most striking colors, keeping the following factors under consideration is essential when selecting plants for container gardening.

  • How big is my pot? — You want to get plants that are in proportion to the size of your pot. Selecting too tall or too short plants not only influences the visual appeal of your garden, but also impacts plant growth.
  • How much sunlight does the plant need? — Determine how much sunlight your pots will get and choose plants accordingly. Some of the edible plants that require full sun include beans, carrots, cucumbers, peppers, spinach, tomato, turnips, onions, and eggplants.
  • How much time am I willing to dedicate? — If you are often out of the town or you are unable to water plants regularly due to any other reason, you should look for the ones that require less frequent care. Or alternatively, you may consider installing an automatic drip irrigation system to maintain adequate soil moisture levels.

4. Container Soil Mix

Contrary to what most people do, you cannot use garden soil to fill the containers. Garden soil is often infected with fungi and other diseases, as well as slow to drain. To ensure optimal growth of your container plants, you need a high-quality soil mix that ensures:

  • Optimal Drainage and Moisture Retention — Because the soil column in containers is relatively shallow than garden soil, it must have a looser structure to allow adequate flow of water.
  • Plenty of Pore Space — The soil should have both large and small pore spaces (macro and micro pores) to allow optimal water drainage and moisture retention. For drought tolerant plants, such as cactuses, you will need a soil mix that has plenty of macropores. On the other hand, for plants that require more moisture, such as lavender and rosemary, you will need soil that offers good drainage but also retains moisture.
  • Lack of Contamination — An in-ground garden is a complete ecosystem that contains both disease-causing and disease-fighting organisms. Using the same soil for container gardening can disrupt this balance and result in a variety of plant diseases. Therefore, always opt for a soil mix that has been specifically formulated for the purpose of container gardening.

5. Fertilizing

Potted plants have more frequent fertilization needs because watering the plants may cause the fertilizer to wash out from the soil, resulting in the deficiency of essential nutrients. It is recommended to fertilize potted plants using a water soluble fertilizer every two to four weeks. When selecting a fertilizer mix, pay attention to the numbers mentioned on the package. Fertilizers that come with a 10:10:10 formulation contain equal quantities of:

  • Nitrogen (for leaves)
  • Phosphorus (for flowers and fruits)
  • Potassium (for roots)

When one of the numbers is higher than the other, it means that the fertilizer has been specifically designed for promote more rapid growth of leaves, roots, or flowers.

Container gardening is certainly a viable solution for those with limited time or space. However, to make the most of your decision to plant a container garden, it is important that you partner with a landscaping expert who can help you select the right plants that will complement your home’s landscape and enhance its curb appeal.

To know more about container gardening, please contact Robinson Environmental Design at 310 387 3548 or email at info@designrobinson.com.

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3 Top Landscaping Trends for 2017 http://designrobinson.com/3-top-landscaping-trends-2017/ http://designrobinson.com/3-top-landscaping-trends-2017/#respond Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:05:57 +0000 /?p=2281 The post 3 Top Landscaping Trends for 2017 appeared first on Los Angeles Landscape Design.

The end of the year always gets people reflecting on what the next year will bring. At Robinson Environmental Design, we are witnessing a number of new and innovative landscaping trends gaining popularity in 2017. Both landscaping architects and homeowners are introducing new elements to design a landscape that is simplistic, sustainable, and sophisticated. So, […]

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The end of the year always gets people reflecting on what the next year will bring. At Robinson Environmental Design, we are witnessing a number of new and innovative landscaping trends gaining popularity in 2017. Both landscaping architects and homeowners are introducing new elements to design a landscape that is simplistic, sustainable, and sophisticated.

So, if you’re considering undertaking a landscaping project this year, this article that lists the top 3 landscaping trends for 2017 is sure to help you transform your idea of a perfect garden into reality.

1. Natural Materials

After years of dominance of minimalist outdoor furniture and hardscaping materials, industry experts are witnessing a renewed interest in natural materials, particularly natural stones. Featuring unique textures and colors, natural stones have become a popular option among homeowners who want to create a more authentic look. To add more depth, color, and texture to a landscape design, landscaping experts are interweaving different hardscaping materials, such as wooden decks with stone retaining walls or pebble paths with natural stone planters.

2. Hyperlocalism

‘Locally sourced’ has become more of a buzzword today and the landscaping industry is no exception. Landscaping architects and horticulturalists are putting an increasing emphasis on the use of native and endemic plants. But the trend of hyperlocalism is not restricted to shrubs and flowerbeds only. Even hardscaping materials are being sourced locally to design sustainable landscapes with a regionally-focused design.

3. Smart Landscapes

To minimize the input of resources and output of waste in gardens, landscaping experts are adopting smart landscaping technologies. From the use of recycled materials in the construction of a landscape to low-water-use plantation, landscaping professionals are using a multitude of techniques to help people reduce their carbon footprint, conserve more water, and benefit from the rebates and incentives offered to homes with environmentally friendly landscapes. Of all these, xeriscaping, desertscaping, drip irrigation, and installation of artificial turfs are the four techniques that are most frequently used by landscaping architects.

Moving into 2017, the primary concern of homeowners, as well as landscaping architects is to invest in landscaping techniques and materials that offer them more value per square foot and improved environmental sustainable.

To learn more about landscaping trends and tips and tricks, contact us at info@designrobinson.com

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Choosing Plants for Your Landscaping: What You Must Know http://designrobinson.com/choosing-plants-landscaping-must-know/ http://designrobinson.com/choosing-plants-landscaping-must-know/#respond Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:44:03 +0000 /?p=2277 The post Choosing Plants for Your Landscaping: What You Must Know appeared first on Los Angeles Landscape Design.

Proper plant selection is the key secret to successful landscaping. Choosing the perfect landscaping plants for a garden depends on a number of factors, such as the regional climate, the topography of the garden, and the soil type. Considering all these factors is important to ensure that the plants you select have the best chance […]

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Pbackyard garden fountainroper plant selection is the key secret to successful landscaping. Choosing the perfect landscaping plants for a garden depends on a number of factors, such as the regional climate,
the topography of the garden, and the soil type. Considering all these factors is important to ensure that the plants you select have the best chance for healthy growth and long-term survival.

Our landscaping experts have written this quick and simple guide to help you select the right plants that will require low maintenance and add more color and texture to your landscape.

1. Know Your Yard

In order to ensure that your plants thrive and offer you aesthetic value for a long time, it is important that you select the ones that complement your regional climate and the topography of your garden. The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map can provide you valuable information regarding the climate of your region. It divides the US into 26 zones depending on the average annual minimum temperature of the zone. You can use this map to determine which plants are most likely to thrive in your location.

In addition to regional climate, the microclimate of your landscape is another factor that can influence the survival and growth of plants. Depending on the amount of sunshine and shade area, your landscape can be categorized into any one of the four types of microclimate.

  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Shade
  • Deep shade

Once you have determined the regional and microclimate of your garden, the next thing you need to do is analyze the topography of the garden as it affects the drainage of water and in turn influences the health and growth of plants.

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2. Consider the Function of Plants

Plants can work in a multitude of ways in a landscape. They can be used to provide cool shade or eliminate an undesirable view. So, when selecting plants for your landscape, it is imperative that you consider their functional use and make the right choice accordingly.

Plants can be divided into a number of categories based on their functional use. Here we have listed the four types that are most frequently used in residential landscaping.

Shade Trees — These plants are used to produce dense shades and are particularly suitable for neighborhoods with hot, humid summers. In addition to providing cool shade, these plants can also help low the cooling costs, and therefore, are considered an ideal choice for sustainable landscapes. Examples, oak and maple trees.

Specimens — As the name implies, specimen plants can work as a focal point in any landscape on their own. These are ornamental plants with unique colors, textures, branching, flowers, and fruits. Examples include flowering crabapple, Japanese tree lilac, and more.

Screens — These plants are used to block an undesirable view, noise, wind, or dust and debris. Most screen plants are evergreens and have low branches. Most landscapes make use of only specie of specimen plants, planted in a row. Examples include pines, firs, spruces, Eastern red-cedar, and more.

Hedges — These are one of the most well-known landscaping plants. These are planted close together in a single or double row to define different sections of a landscape. Depending on the design of a landscape, these can be ornamental plants or barrier plants that are used to deter foot traffic. Examples of barrier plants include barberries, hawthorns, and shrub roses. Examples of hedges include yews, boxwoods, lilacs, dogwoods, and more.

3. Consider the Plant-Related Factors

Since most trees and shrubs are planted when they are young, people tend to overlook how their growth will impact the design of their landscape. Therefore, when selecting plants for your landscape, you must consider the growth rate and the height, width, and overall shape of the plants when they are fully grown.

When planting trees and shrubs, make sure that you leave enough space so that they don’t obstruct sidewalks, roads, and pathways when they have reached their mature height and width. Here’s a quick guide to help you ensure that you space your plants the right way.

Height of Plant Spacing
5 feet 3 to 5 inches
10 feet 8 to 12 inches
25 feet 12 to 20 inches

Also consider the growth rate of plants. Plants that grow quickly require frequent pruning, such as silver maples, willows, and Siberian elm. On the other hand, slow-growing plants, such as ginkgo and Koreanspice viburnum, can be planted near streets because of their low maintenance needs.

4. Consider the Soil-Related Factors

Needless to mention, the texture, pH, temperature, and mineral composition of your landscape soil greatly influences the survival and growth of plants. Therefore, it is advisable that you get a sample of the soil tested to determine what kinds of plants will best thrive in your garden.

Soil Texture —The texture of your soil refers to the presence of sand, silt, and clay. Soil texture influences the fertility, drainage, and aeration of the soil. Also, it’s very expensive to modify the texture of the soil. Therefore, instead of spending a considerable sum of money on improving the soil texture, you should focus on selecting plants that can adapt to it.

Soil Texture Best Plant Choices
Dry, Sandy Soils Red pine, black oak, eastern red-cedar, creeping juniper, shagbark hickory, rugosa rose, yuccas
Clay and silt soils Crab apple, mahonia, camellia, sorbus, rose, lilac, Japanese maple, foxglove, bluebells, peony

Keeping these factors under consideration, you can create a lush green landscape that will not only add to the curb appeal of your home, but also provide you with a comfortable, welcoming space where you can spend your spare time enjoying the natural beauty of shrubs and flowerbeds around you. Soil Moisture — Most plants like well-drained, highly moist soils, but there are drought-tolerant choices available as well. Also, drought-tolerant plants require less water and are frequently used in smart, sustainable landscapes. Examples of such plants include but oak, gray dogwood, junipers, and cotoneasters.

 

 

Need help selecting the right plants for your garden? Let our experts help you. Call us today at 310 387 3548 or send an email at info@designrobinson.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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4 Best Drought-Tolerant Plants for a Modern, Sustainable Landscape http://designrobinson.com/drought-tolerant-plants-modern-sustainable-landscape/ http://designrobinson.com/drought-tolerant-plants-modern-sustainable-landscape/#respond Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:30:35 +0000 /?p=2269 The post 4 Best Drought-Tolerant Plants for a Modern, Sustainable Landscape appeared first on Los Angeles Landscape Design.

As drought and climate change restrict the US’s water supply, homeowners are compelled to reduce their irrigation water supply. However, conserving water doesn’t mean that you must live with a dry, neglected garden. Instead, there are a number of ways you can reduce your garden’s water utilization and design a water-wise, sustainable landscape. The easiest […]

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As drought and climate change restrict the US’s water supply, homeowners are compelled to reduce their irrigation water supply. However, conserving water doesn’t mean that you must live with a dry, neglected garden. Instead, there are a number of ways you can reduce your garden’s water utilization and design a water-wise, sustainable landscape. The easiest way to do this is planting drought-tolerant shrubs and trees that offer you the same aesthetic value but require less water.

We have shortlisted the top 4 drought-tolerant plants that look gorgeous and make the perfect choice for just about any landscape.

1. Echinacea Species

With their pinkish petals and magenta center, Echinacea species add a tinge of color to otherwise dull landscapes. This low-water, resilient perennial is available in white and orange varieties too and blooms all through summer. Best suited for the backs borders of flowerbeds, Echinacea species should be planted in clumps for a dramatic effect.

2. Echinops Blue Globe

Echinops Blue Globe, which is also known as globe thistle, is a low-maintenance, low-water choice that thrives best in well-drained soils with low to medium moisture. The metallic blue flowers of globe thistle bloom all through summers and have prickly dark green leaves that add to the plant’s pleasantly unique appearance. This ornamental plant is best suited for perennial borders because of its high resistance to pests and plant diseases.

3. Stachys Byzantina

Also known as Lamb’s Ear, Stachys byzantina has characteristic fuzzy gray-green leaves and spiky pink or purple flowers. Best suited as a groundcover, the plant best thrives in well-drained soils and hot and humid conditions. Most landscaping architects and horticulturists prefer combining the pink- or purple-colored flowers of Stachys byzantine with other drought-tolerant plants and shrubs in pastel colors, such as dianthus or salvia.

4. Hydrangea

A popular choice for cottage gardens, Hydrangea is a perennial shrub with billowy big blooms in a variety of colors, including white, pink, red, and blue. The species requires full sun and best grows in well-drained choice. While Hydrangea can tolerate soils of different textures, the pH of the soil can affect the color of flowers, with soils with an alkaline pH yielding pink and red flowers.

 

To learn more about smart and sustainable landscaping techniques, contact Robinson Environmental Design at 310 387 3548 or email at info@designrobinson.com.

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Drought Tolerant Landscape Design – More Than Just a Cactus http://designrobinson.com/drought-tolerant-landscape-design-more-than-just-a-cactus/ http://designrobinson.com/drought-tolerant-landscape-design-more-than-just-a-cactus/#respond Mon, 11 Apr 2016 21:00:07 +0000 http://designrobinson.com/?p=2036 The post Drought Tolerant Landscape Design – More Than Just a Cactus appeared first on Los Angeles Landscape Design.

Some of the most unique, innovative and attractive landscapes are those that are designed to take advantage of their natural surroundings. Still, even those interested in having a sustainable garden or landscape design are sometimes a little unclear on just what is involved. Drought tolerant landscape design can produce breathtaking results, while at the same […]

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Some of the most unique, innovative and attractive landscapes are those that are designed to take advantage of their natural surroundings. Still, even those interested in having a sustainable garden or landscape design are sometimes a little unclear on just what is involved. Drought tolerant landscape design can produce breathtaking results, while at the same time conserving water and saving you time and money. After all, gardens should be places of magic and beauty, whether they in areas with an overabundance of moisture, or in dry, desert-like conditions.

Creating a Desert Look – Or Not

When many people think of xeriscaping, a type of landscaping that reduces the need for supplemental irrigation, the first thing that comes to mind is a garden full of cactus plants. This can be a daunting (and painful!) vision for homeowners with young children or rambunctious pets. The good thing is, cactus is not a required plant for drought tolerant landscape design, though it is a popular one because of its ability to withstand dryness.

Some low-water plants are delicate flowers, or flowing tendrils that add sustainable beauty to any garden. Others are colorful shrubs, flowering vines and eye-catching succulents. And if you do want to go the cactus route, there are about 2000 species in existence today, and not all of them harbor painful spikes to hook the unwary.

An Amazing Variety to Choose From

People are sometimes amazed when they realize just what choices they have available in native plant, flower and grass species. Take this L.A. artist’s creative garden for example. A garden created with drought tolerant landscape design in mind is often a garden full of surprises. A plant that may seem lowly and subdued during some seasons will suddenly burst into splendid color just when it’s least expected. Other plants change colors and even shapes as the seasons go by, never dying off, just adapting to their surroundings. Sustainable gardens can be full of lush color and life, requiring little maintenance but producing spectacular returns.

A Well-Planned Irrigation System for Drought Tolerant Landscape Design

One of the main keys to designing any landscape, but particularly one with a focus on sustainability, is irrigation system design. All plants need some water, it’s just that some plants need less water than others. Those who live in areas with less moisture can find themselves saddled with huge water bills in an effort to maintain a traditional garden. Efficiently planned xeriscaped gardens, on the other hand, use low-water plants and strategic placement to help a little bit of water go a long way. This method of landscaping saves money, but it also helps sustain the environment by not wasting water and other resources.

A Partner in Beauty and Magic

Some garden owners want nothing more than to wander their gardens and enjoy its fruits. The actual care and work in the garden, they leave to someone else. Others love it most when they can dig their own hands into the dirt and feel the earth under their fingers. There is nothing wrong with either type, or something in between.

At Robinson Environmental Design, we believe that a garden should be an escape, a place to revitalize, to experience the magic of the design–not a burden. That’s why we are passionate about creating gardens for people—especially those who don’t have a fortune and all the time in the world to devote to the space. Let us show you how we can create a beautiful, easy to maintain and environmentally friendly space for you. Call us at 310-387-3548 or schedule an appointment online.

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The Year in Plants and Promises http://designrobinson.com/2016the-year-in-plants-and-promises/ Sat, 05 Mar 2016 23:33:40 +0000 http://designrobinson.com/?p=918 The post The Year in Plants and Promises appeared first on Los Angeles Landscape Design.

Just about every news organization and industry does a year-end retrospective on happenings in various spheres—but it’s not only in the world of news and entertainment that important things happen. Nature, for instance, is never still and is, each year, as filled with drama, intrigue, wonder, gossip, back-stabbing, and phenomenon as anyone could wish. Add […]

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Just about every news organization and industry does a year-end retrospective on happenings in various spheres—but it’s not only in the world of news and entertainment that important things happen. Nature, for instance, is never still and is, each year, as filled with drama, intrigue, wonder, gossip, back-stabbing, and phenomenon as anyone could wish. Add to that, that sometimes nature works hard to conceal its secrets, even to the point where some things are thought not to exist, only to burst through with a dramatic surprise, astounding in its beauty. There are yet more secrets to be revealed in time to come, but below are a few we’ve learned this past year.

Plants Talk – A Lot

Though some people have insisted for centuries that plants love to be spoken to, it’s only recently that science has produced a sort of confirmation. Not, perhaps, that plants listen to people talk—but that they speak to each other, in plant-type ways. The conspire, collaborate, fight wars (of sorts,) and have patterns of behavior when confronted with new or injurious plant species. Or, as in the case of trees, willows, sugar maples and poplars planted near each other warn one another of insect invasions and other needed information. View the entire PBS feature on this fascinating topic to see plants are chattering about in your garden.

An Orchid Thought Lost, Rediscovered

Considered one of the rarest species of orchid in the world, perhaps even an extinct one, Hochstetter’s  butterfly-orchid was mostly regulated to botany books. Until, that is, it was “rediscovered,” nestled on a hilltop in the Azores. This small orchid is not as showy as one’s most are familiar with— but its status as almost-mythological made sure its entrance took center stage this year.

If Omega-3 Fatty Acids Excite You…

You’ll love this next dramatic show. Peruvian farmer Rodriquez knew the plant he found might be special, due to its similarity to sachi ichi, another Omega-3 fatty acid bearing plant, but mostly he thought it would grow well in his garden. And so it did; the plant thrived and he and his family certainly enjoyed the large seeds it bore, perfect for roasting. The plant even produced enough for them to sell to others, the spreading the good benefits. What may have surprised Rodriquez, however, is the excitement of the scientists and ethobotanists who eventually learned of his find. The plant, which they named P. carolis-vegae, is an omega-3 fatty acid powerhouse, though studies are ongoing as to whether it’s beneficial effects can compete with fish oils. If so, and there is enough interest and will, the fact that it can be easily grown (along with sacha ichi,) without tearing down trees or clearing land makes it a perfect for a healthy, sustainable cash crop.

As you can see, nature (and its lovers) have had quite an exciting time this year—and these three examples don’t even scratch the surface. The new year will likely bring more discoveries, more ways for us to both make use of, and protect, nature and the environment—and to share in its bounty and beauty.

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Why Hiring a Los Angeles Landscape Designer is The Only Way To Go http://designrobinson.com/2060-2/ http://designrobinson.com/2060-2/#respond Sat, 13 Feb 2016 00:48:29 +0000 http://designrobinson.com/?p=2060 The post Why Hiring a Los Angeles Landscape Designer is The Only Way To Go appeared first on Los Angeles Landscape Design.

Anyone can plant flowers and hope they grow. The ability to design, plan, and sketch an entire landscaping project, however, takes a lot of time, effort, and specialized skill. You must be able to choose plants that accomplish the overall goal of the project and properly arrange different plant types to achieve the desired look. […]

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Anyone can plant flowers and hope they grow. The ability to design, plan, and sketch an entire landscaping project, however, takes a lot of time, effort, and specialized skill. You must be able to choose plants that accomplish the overall goal of the project and properly arrange different plant types to achieve the desired look. Issues such as water features, seating, or walking must be addressed at every stage of the project. Planning and bringing to life an entire landscaping project is a job for a Los Angeles landscape designer who not only has an eye for design, but also knows what types of plants will grow best in your area and has experience creating beautiful–yet functional–spaces.

Here are several benefits of hiring a landscape designer for your business or residential landscaping needs.

Design Ideas

Design: it’s what we do. This isn’t simply a passing phase for us. We’re artists, and your landscape is our canvas. You probably have several great ideas, and we would love to hear them. In fact, we will use your ideas to create a design that will simultaneously meet your specific landscaping needs and create an impressive work of art. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, a professional landscape designer will know how to create a beautiful space that you will be able to maintain for years to come.

Budget Creation

We understand that a budget must be made and kept. We will help you create a budget that will work for everyone involved. We are familiar with the costs of commonly used landscaping materials and will be able to give you a great initial estimate for the project.

Well-Defined Areas

A well-designed landscape needs well defined areas. You may, for example, choose to add a walking path, shaded area, seating area, and water feature. The space available greatly influences how each area is defined and how well it flows with the other neighboring areas.

Plant Types

Plants are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and functionalities. Some plants draw in creatures such as butterflies and birds while others tend to push them away. The location and function of your landscaping project will help determine which types of plants to use. A Los Angeles landscape designer will know which types of plants will thrive in your area based not only on our climate, but also on how much time and money you are willing to dedicate to the upkeep of your garden.

Functionality

Your landscaping project must, above all, provide the functionality you desire. Business landscaping may require seating areas, shaded areas in which to discuss plans with your clients, or simply a lovely place to view from office windows. Residential landscaping on the other hand may require child-friendly elements and the ability for your child(ren) to learn about plants and explore the world around them, all while making your home look amazing. A Los Angeles landscape designer will be able to provide you with plans that maximize the functionality of your space in addition to making it beautiful.

Experienced Project Management

Project management is a necessity in nearly every job field, and architectural landscaping is no different. Our team of professional landscapers relies on a project manager to keep things flowing smoothly and to discuss issues with you before moving on to the next step. A project manager has the experience to see potential pitfalls in a project and alert the necessary people so they may be avoided or properly addressed before they become a negative issue.

Los Angeles Landscape Design at Robinson Environmental Design

The Marina Del Rey and greater Los Angeles area is home to some of the most impressive landscaping in southern California. Robinson Environmental Design is proud to service such an amazingly beautiful area, and to have the ability to make a positive change for so many business owners and homeowners. We would love the opportunity to work with you and help you achieve your landscaping goals.

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Add an Outdoor Fireplace with an Outdoor Kitchen http://designrobinson.com/incorporate-an-outdoor-fireplace-or-a-fire-pit-into-your-outdoor-kitchen/ Thu, 08 Jan 2015 21:33:27 +0000 http://designrobinson.com/?p=1256 The post Add an Outdoor Fireplace with an Outdoor Kitchen appeared first on Los Angeles Landscape Design.

Add an Outdoor Fireplace with an Outdoor Kitchen Many homeowners dream of having a beautiful and relaxing place to escape to at the end of their long day at work. Wouldn’t you like to feel like you’re on vacation when you walk into your back yard? I know several people who would. Let’s talk about […]

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Add an Outdoor Fireplace with an Outdoor Kitchen

Many homeowners dream of having a beautiful and relaxing place to escape to at the end of their long day at work. Wouldn’t you like to feel like you’re on vacation when you walk into your back yard? I know several people who would. Let’s talk about building the perfect outdoor kitchen and relaxing escape into your existing landscaping.

It is entirely possible to create a relaxing area in your back yard through landscape architecture. Fire pits and fireplaces are so versatile when it comes to the vibes that they can create. They can be great for having guests over and entertaining or they can be perfect for a relaxing night looking at the stars. However you want to use them is up to you and depends greatly on the mood you wish to set.

Outdoor Kitchens

Outdoor kitchens are a must-have for people who love to entertain. Why not upgrade your grill and create the ultimate outdoor cooking area? Cooking outdoors has many advantages, one being that the cook is outside with the rest of the family or party guests, instead of being secluded inside. This helps in being able to feel like you are part of the party too, not just being used as the cook.

Cooking inside creates a lot of heat inside the home where the HVAC system must work harder to cool. When you cook outside you don’t have to worry about burning up while cooking or the extra work your heat pump is putting forth. Outdoor kitchens are perfect for creating barbeque, but they are not limited to grilling meats. You can create an authentic outdoor pizza oven. This will be a huge conversation piece, as pizza ovens are not only useful but beautiful as well.

Fire Pits and Fireplaces

There is just something about being around a fire at night that relaxes you. Fire brings people together; sitting around the fire brings families together for special bonding time. Fire pits and fireplaces can also be useful on the occasional cool evening. They will keep you warm when the weather is cool allowing you to enjoy your beautiful yard for longer into the night.

Fire pits and outdoor fireplaces, of course, put off light so they are perfect for parties or get-togethers that run late into the night. They provide a nice romantic ambiance to the area. They are beautiful and add a great deal of functionality to the back yard.

Call Robinson Environmental Design in LA to Discuss Your Options

Whichever environment you have envisioned fire pits and fireplaces can deliver the perfect space for entertaining guests. Outdoor kitchens are perfect for the chef of the family. No matter what you choose incorporating these pieces into your landscape is a great idea.

Give us a call at Robinson Environmental Design in Los Angeles to schedule a consultation. We will provide a sketch of our ideas on the spot so you can request changes in real time.

Do you currently have an outdoor kitchen? Or are you just in the planning stages? I would love to hear from you! Leave a comment in the comments section and we’ll get back to you as quickly as possible!

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