Natures Design

  • A Letter to All Rancho Santa Fe Residents

    A Letter to All Rancho Santa Fe Residents

    As a landscape professional for the past 32 years, I have seen everything from huge, rapid growth to deep recession. In the 80’s, mass amounts of money were spent on poor quality construction using large visual impacts such as grottos, water falls, large swimming pools, Koi ponds, and formal rose...

  • Five Tips to Comply With the Newest Water Reductions for Rancho Santa Fe

    Five Tips to Comply With the Newest Water Reductions for Rancho Santa Fe

    Rancho Santa Fe residents have received the loud and clear message that water usage must be reduced by 35% immediately. Since landscaping accounts for the majority of residential water use, it makes sense to look closely at alternatives. Redesigning areas of our yards with conservation choices...

  • What Rancho Santa Fe Residents Need to Know About the Current Water Restrictions

    What Rancho Santa Fe Residents Need to Know About the Current Water Restrictions

    Rancho Santa Fe Residents are now required by the Santa Fe Irrigation District to conserve water. We are currently at a Level 2 stage of water restrictions which means most of the focus is on saving irrigation water. In order to comply with these restrictions, here’s what you need to know: If your...

  • Why We Should Care About the New York Times Article

    Why We Should Care About the New York Times Article

    On November 29th, 2014, the New York Times published an article entitled “Where the Grass is Always Greener, a Push to Share Drought’s Burden”. In the article, Ian Lovett quotes the California state water officials as saying that Rancho Santa Fe residents “used an average of 584 gallons a day…...

  • Ten Smart Ways to Reduce Your Water Usage

    Ten Smart Ways to Reduce Your Water Usage

    Even though in Rancho Santa Fe we’ve been fortunate enough to enjoy some much-needed rain, we are still in a serious drought. This means water conservation is still a high priority, and water restrictions continue to be in full force. Not only do plants need less water now that we are experiencing...

  • Rancho Santa Fe Invasive Plants and Better Alternatives

    Rancho Santa Fe Invasive Plants and Better Alternatives

    By Steve Jacobs, Nature Designs In California we are lucky to live in a mild climate that allows us to grow amazing landscapes. Because of this mild climate, plants from other parts of the world often thrive; and some grow so well they become known as invasive. These plants ‘jump fences’ and ‘throw...

  • Why Hire a Licensed Landscape Professional?

    Why Hire a Licensed Landscape Professional?

    By Steve Jacobs, Nature Designs The old saying – “if something seems to good to be true, it probable is” – is quite fitting when it comes to hiring a contractor for your home or yard construction project. While it is smart to shop around, get quotes, etc., don’t fall into the trap of trusting an...

  • How to Create a Fire Safe Landscape

    By Steve Jacobs Due to hot weather, strong winds and the drought, San Diego, recently experienced a series of devastating fires. With no end to the drought in sight and now that summer has arrived, it’s up to us to do everything we can to protect San Diego and our homes from fires in the upcoming...

  • Sustainable Swimming Pools for Summer

    Sustainable Swimming Pools for Summer

    By Steve Jacobs San Diego experienced quite a heat wave in the month of May. Many of you probably found some relief by diving into your swimming pools. Living in San Diego, we don’t have to wait for a heat wave—or even summer— to enjoy our pools. Our world famous weather allows us to dive in all...

  • Top 5 Tips for Designing an Outdoor Kitchen

    Top 5 Tips for Designing an Outdoor Kitchen

    By Steve Jacobs, Nature Designs In San Diego we are blessed with beautiful weather year-round. Since summer is right around the corner, most of us will be spending more time outdoors entertaining friends, enjoying the sunset, and dining al fresco under the stars. Because outdoor entertaining is...

  • Tune-Up Your Irrigation System in Time for Summer

    Tune-Up Your Irrigation System in Time for Summer

    By Steve Jacobs, Nature Designs We all know the saying “April showers bring May flowers.” However, because we are experiencing a drought, April showers aren’t likely this year. Therefore, it’s our irrigation systems that will be yielding the May bloom and helping to maintain the overall health...

  • Investing in Your Second Largest Asset – Landscaping

    Investing in Your Second Largest Asset – Landscaping

    By Steve Jacobs, Nature Designs Aside from your home, your landscape is typically the second largest personal asset you own.  It’s an asset that can add tens of thousands of dollars of value to your home. Landscaping not only adds value immediately; it continues adding value for years to come because...

  • Winter Tips for Your Rancho Santa Fe Landscape

    Winter Tips for Your Rancho Santa Fe Landscape

    By Steve Jacobs Although it can be hard to tell here in San Diego, with our blue skies and t-shirt weather, it is winter. Most of us associate winter with the holidays, family time, and curling up by the fire, not with spending time in our gardens. That’s what spring and summer are for, right?...

  • Nature Designs: How to Build a Sustainable Estate Landscape System

    Nature Designs: How to Build a Sustainable Estate Landscape System

    By Steve Jacobs, Nature Designs Hans Christian Andersen wrote, “Just living is not enough … one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.” With our hectic schedules, most of our sunshine, freedom and flower appreciation takes place not in the great outdoors, but in the comfort of our own...

  • NATURE DESIGNS: Estate Property Must-Haves for Landscape Renovation

    NATURE DESIGNS: Estate Property Must-Haves for Landscape Renovation

    By Steve Jacobs, NATURE DESIGNS Any time a home goes through a renovation, the landscape must not be overlooked. Since technology advances at the same rate for interior and exterior products, it is essential to include landscape projects in an overall renovation budget. There's an old rule of thumb...

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