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What's happening in our world of landscape design

Projects of 2014

Here are a few of our favorite projects of 2014, designed by Julie Orr Design and installed by SouthBay Design and Landscaping.

Companion Plants

A look into a fun and natural approach at combating pesky garden pests that are out for your plants.

Fruit Tree Pollination Guide

If you are planning on planting a fruit tree did you know that some fruits need pollinators while others don’t? Trees that need pollinators tend to have the best harvest when a fruit tree of the same or similar variety are planted near one another. Fortunately for us,...

Planting Small Trees Under Power Lines

Did you know that PG&E is required by law to prune and in some cases remove large trees that grow into or threaten electric lines? That’s why they recommend that if you are planning to plant under power lines that you pick a tree that will get no more than 25ft...

Drought Proof Your Lawn

Did you know it’s possible to drought proof your lawn? Although lawn removal is a great idea for showcase lawns (lawns that you only look at but don’t touch), what about for homeowners who have small kids and use the lawn for play areas? If you have considered...

Modern Backyard Living: San Mateo Case Study

The clients were just in the process of filling in their pool when they contacted our firm for a full backyard makeover. What we got was a designer's dream: a large blank slate full of possibilities. The area closest to the house was raised with an existing gravel and...

What Does a Water-Wise, Drought Tolerant Yard Look Like?

When clients call me and tell me that they want to save water in their landscapes, one of the first things they always say is, "But I don't like cactus!" This always brings a smile to my face because there are so many ways to use water wisely in the landscape without...

Saving Water is Beautiful

We are very proud to offer water-wise solutions to our clients. Check out some of the best ideas we've designed over the years. Pool Removals The kids were grown and no one used this pool. And, it took up most of their yard! After the pool was removed, we designed a...