Friday, December 15, 2017

5 TIPS TO REDUCE YOUR ENERGY BILLS

I can tell you from my 10+ years of designing landscape that one of the things my clients want is to spend less money in the long run.  What can we do to use less energy watering and maintaining our garden as well as saving money inside?  There are many things you can do to reduce your energy bills and in this video I talk about the top 5. 

If you are inclined to do any of these tips I would suggest you first look at your lifestyle and determine which is most suitable for you.  Not everything will work for everyone, but these tips are tried and true. 

These tips are...
1. Kill (or reduce) your lawn
2. Plant properly
3. Water efficiently
4. Harvest rainwater/graywater
5. Plant deciduous trees

This video explains more in detail.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

MORE DESIGNERS CONTENT TO BE FEATURED ON THIS BLOG

I love blogging about sustainable landscape and truth be told when I write about mine, it helps promote my business.  That being said this platform was not really meant to be all about me.  My desire had/has always been to use this platform to encourage you to garden sustainably, use California natives and various other drought friendly features in your garden.  Whether you hired someone or DIY'ed the garden does not matter.  As long as you did so with the environment in mind I was happy.  
Now that being said I want to expand this blog to include more content from designers, gardeners and professionals.  There are many of us out there that produce worth wile content and I want to share that with you.  This means that I will have to write on here at least twice a week (Wednesdays and Fridays) to keep it consistent, fresh and worth wile.  Fridays will always be a video blog post of mine, while Wednesdays will shift between a text post of mine, someone else's video or featuring some designers awesome work.  

If there is anything specific you would like to see then comment on here and let me know what you would like to see more of on this platform.  As always thank you for being a supporter of this blog and making the journey one worth living.  

Friday, December 8, 2017

5 WAYS TO REDUCE YOUR WASTE

The holidays are nearing and it's easy to generate lots of waste and end up with things that you may not ever really have use for.  I would like to propose the idea of giving experiences rather than gifts.  Think about it...  Someone can give me a shirt for Christmas but I probably won't remember that in 5-10 years more than I will if that person gives me the gift of time and experiences. 

Other things you can do to reduce your waste is to buy package free and locally as much as possible. Use materials that are better than the traditional toxic chemicals that are out there such as the ever so toxic Clorox.  Clorox products even smell toxic.  It bleaches nicely, but what bleaches even nicer and is non toxic is baking soda.  Instead of using a plastic toothbrush consider a bamboo.  There are many alternatives to the traditional toxic products we use.  Choose and think wisely.  This video goes into more detail.