Southwest Landscape Design
Home Process Projects Happy Customers Contacts Southwest Landscape Design is stacked with fresh and innovative landscape design and installation ideas. From design to completion, we will not only deliver a project that will exceed your expectations but will leave you boasting for a lifetime. We will work with you closely to take your ideas and mash them up with ours for a guaranteed crowd pleaser. We will educate you throughout the entire process, hand pick materials, stick to your budget and deliver results in a timely manner. CALL US TODAY 972-762-5427 Southwest landscape Design is over 10 years old and prides itself on being a true “turn key” operation. Whether it is a pool, pool renovation, patio, landscape design and installation, outdoor kitchen, outdoor lighting and so on (see services). Whether you are looking for a low maintenance landscape, modern landscape, contemporary landscape, native landscape or a lushy landscape, make no mistake we are here to handcraft all of your ideas into an outdoor masterpiece. As featured in DHome As featured in luxe Magazine Wouldn’t it be much easier dealing with 1 contractor vs. 5? If you’ve ever had to deal with 5 contractors at once you’ve most likely found yourself pulling your hair out. We’ve made it easy, make Southwest Landscape Design your “turn key” professional. A Message from the Owner As always I take great pride in seeing a happy client at the end of every project. Every project is a blank canvas to me and excites me greatly to have to the opportunity to work one on one with each client to create their own very unique work of art. I am frequently asked, why do you not expand in order to take on more projects? My answer is simple, Quality over Quantity. Each project is customized to meet each clients needs and takes time, hard work, organized planing and executing. At the end of the day a smile, a new relationship and a good referral are all I could ever ask for. Brandon Stewart, Owner Southwest Landscape Design
Southwest Landscape Design
Droughts are nothing new to California, but the period between late 2011 and early 2015 was the driest in California history since record keeping began. Municipalities were forced to enact strict water usage controls and all but the wealthiest (who willingly accepted fines and penalties) were left with bone-dry backyards. Southern California wasn’t the only area affected. Indeed, the Southwest as a whole was affected. Whether or not they wanted to, homeowners had to start to rethink their landscape design. The drought has ushered in a whole new wave of “green” landscaping practices. We’ve already profiled eco-friendly landscaping trends in the Northeast. Part II of this series will look at the “green” landscaping trends taking hold of the Southwest. Drought-resistant lawns and gardens Drought-resistance plants save water for Southwest property owners. The lack of (and cost of) water has proven really eye-opening to folks in the Southwest. Homeowners have started to rethink plush, grass turf. Low-maintenance gardens and drought-tolerant plants are going in its place. In the picture to the right, a bluegrass lawn has been replaced with perennials and shrubs. But don’t confuse low-maintenance with no-maintenance! “Drought-resistant plants need an establishing phase; there are seasonal demands, and most of all we have the mature plant size to contend with,” says Ketti Kupper, owner and principle designer of Conscious Living Landscapes in Los Angeles. “Plants are not furniture;” they still require upkeep. Still, sustainable landscape design leads to significant economic and environmental benefits that southwestern homeowners can no longer ignore. “Sustainable residential landscape architecture, if part of a broader integrated site design, can dramatically reduce water usage and stormwater runoff over the long term while creating a healthy residential environment,” explains Nancy Somerville, executive vice president of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Water-wise landscaping and irrigation Multiple smartphone apps are designed to help property owners track water use. Not everyone is doing away with grass turf altogether. Those who have grass lawns know just how much water is needed to keep them alive. When water was plentiful, people would typically water lawns and gardens equally. The result is that most plants end up vastly over-watered. Instead, environmentally-conscious homeowners are redesigning their landscapes by grouping plants with similar water requirements together. For example, the lawn will be on one zone, water-guzzling plants on another and drought-resistant plants on yet another. This allows homeowners to water their lawns and gardens at different rates and with different types of irrigation systems. For instance, low-volume sprinklers are great for conserving water when watering the lawn, and drip systems in garden beds help ensure the thirsty few get the water they need without running the well dry. There’s a growing trend to hook these irrigation systems up to mobile devices in order to control remotely. By connecting to the “Internet of Things,” these systems can communicate with weather stations directly and automatically adjust watering schedules based on the weather. Gardening with a purpose To counteract the high rates of heart disease and obesity that have run rampant throughout the country, a growing number of people are paying a premium for backyards that allow them to grow organic, non-GMO foods. “The younger generation especially is interested in making a homesteader’s garden rather than a purely ornamental garden,” says Pam Penick, author of Lawn Gone! and The Water-Saving Garden. In addition to the health benefits, more homeowners are starting to understand the environmental benefits of locally- grown food. “Interest will continue to grow in plants that attract pollinators, growing food, keeping chickens, beekeeping, vegetables, clothes-drying racks and composting,” Penick says. The recent drought is just another indication that the impacts of climate change will continue to affect people in very real ways. These green practices allow residents to do their small part to make the earth a more sustainable place for generations to come. Incorporating recycled materials Recycled furniture turns backyards into an eco-friendly oasis Residents today place a high premium on spaces that reflect their individuality. One of the ways we’re seeing this transpire in the Southwest is through landscape design that incorporates recycled materials that would otherwise be sent to the landfill. Recycled wine bottles have been transformed into colorful garden waterfalls. Similarly, we’ve seen recycled bottles embedded into the countertops in an outdoor kitchen, or crushed to build colorful outdoor mosaics. Wood pallets are routinely repurposed into lawn furniture. As we’ve seen now in both the Northeast and Southwest, sustainable landscaping trends are gaining momentum and can take a variety of forms. Stay tuned for Part 3 of our “green” landscaping guide which will look at the hottest trends taking over the Northwest!
Southwest Landscape Design
Southwest Landscape Design is stacked with fresh and innovative landscape design and installation ideas. From design to completion, we will not only deliver a project that will exceed your expectations but will leave you boasting for a lifetime. We will work with you closely to take your ideas and mash them up with ours for a guaranteed crowd pleaser. We will educate you throughout the entire process, hand pick materials, stick to your budget and deliver results in a timely manner. CALL US TODAY 972-762-5427 Southwest landscape Design is over 10 years old and prides itself on being a true “turn key” operation. Whether it is a pool, pool renovation, patio, landscape design and installation, outdoor kitchen, outdoor lighting and so on (see services). Whether you are looking for a low maintenance landscape, modern landscape, contemporary landscape, native landscape or a lushy landscape, make no mistake we are here to handcraft all of your ideas into an outdoor masterpiece. As featured in DHome As featured in luxe Magazine Wouldn’t it be much easier dealing with 1 contractor vs. 5? If you’ve ever had to deal with 5 contractors at once you’ve most likely found yourself pulling your hair out. We’ve made it easy, make Southwest Landscape Design your “turn key” professional.
Before starting on your new landscape design, survey your area and make some notes; you cannot concretely consider certain landscape decorating ideas unless you identify what kind of climate you are living in, how much you are willing to spend and how much space you have to work with. Additionally, as you browse several southwestern landscape ideas and landscape pictures and make notes about the designs and landscapes that really jump out at you, keep in mind what level of ongoing maintenance is actually feasible. If you love working with plants, a large rose or vegetable garden is the perfect use of land; if you live in a hot or dry area, consider drought-tolerant landscape ideas. If you have younger kids, consider what they would enjoy as well, such as a large grassy area or a playground, swing set or pool. Think about what your family would use the most, as well as what would help boost your resell value in the long run. Lastly, when it comes to landscapes, be sure to consider different front and backyard ideas, as they are separate entities that serve two very different purposes. What plants should I add to my southwestern landscape? When browsing landscape photos, think about curb appeal above all else; hacienda style landscape designs are your chance to make a great first impression. A flower garden is a great option, but if ongoing care is a concern, you can simplify the process by opting for low-maintenance succulents, bushes or hedges instead. If you don’t have a green thumb, consider simple and easy-to-implement landscape design ideas, such as grass, gravel pathways, water features, statues, wood fences or stone walls. What features should I have in my southwest garden or backyard? While landscapes are seen as a primarily aesthetic component, there are additions you can incorporate in your southwestern landscape design to make it as functional as possible. The Mexican style garden can be designed for entertaining and playtime with seating, dining areas, play spaces and sunny relaxation spots. A vegetable or flower garden is a common yard staple, especially if you add an interesting element like a pergola, arbor, walkway or fence. If you’re looking for lively landscape decorating ideas, consider adding fun accessories like birdbaths and feeders. For the ultimate party house, incorporate a pool and patio, or consider a deck with a fire pit, outdoor fireplace, barbecue and/or outdoor kitchen. If you’re an active, sports-loving family, add a basketball or volleyball court, or set up a bocce ball or croquet area. And don’t forget about furniture! A bench in a garden makes a great reading or meditation spot, while a weatherproof chaise lounge, sofa and chair are nice for soaking up those sunny days.