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  • 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?...

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