Play space for kids

Like any parent, you want to give your child the best. With doctors and child development experts sounding the alarm on kids getting too much screen time, along with too little exercise, building an outdoor play space could be the perfect solution. The right play structure should provide exercise and an outlet for sensory experiences,…

Splash pad

Splash pads are the latest, greatest thing for young children at resorts and parks. So it might surprise you to learn that homeowners have picked up on the trend, and are now installing backyard splash pads for their youngsters to enjoy. But it makes sense, because splash pads provide endless water entertainment without the dangers…

Small indoor hanging kokedama plant

Plants bring life and beauty into your home, but you don’t have to stick to the typical pots and vases. Those who are looking for something a bit more unique and fun might be intrigued by the idea of Kokedama, or Japanese moss ball planters. This art form makes an interesting gift, or a lovely…

succulent cuttings

Succulent gardens are a hot trend right now, and for good reason. They’re low-maintenance, low water, and super attractive and exotic-looking! Once you start succulent gardening, you might find that the hobby becomes a bit addictive, and that means expensive. To save yourself the trouble of continually purchasing more and more succulents for your projects,…

indoor food gardening

Summer has arrived, and marks a favorite time of year for many. If you’re looking forward to fresh local vegetables and mornings spent peacefully browsing your local farmer’s market, you probably self-identify as a summer lover! But what if you could extend that feeling throughout the year? Or, what if those of you lacking garden…

agrihood

Growing up, many of us can remember visiting our grandparents’ farm, fishing in a nearby pond, and spending hours playing in the woods behind our houses. Somehow, the magic of our childhood seems lost today, as we rush about on our daily commutes from townhomes to bustling office buildings. Even our food seems decidedly un-magical,…

Rain garden

Here in Southern California, we don’t often see as much rainfall as the rest of the country. But when it does rain, we have to deal with runoff like everyone else. In fact, water runoff can be harder to accommodate when conditions are normally dry, because it doesn’t soak into the ground as quickly. A…

Pink pale roses bush over summer garden or park nature backgroun

Why did you originally start gardening? For many of us, the desire to increase the curb appeal of our homes is a matter of personal pride (and even a financial investment). For others, the appeal of homegrown foods and herbs is a major motivation. And of course, we all simply enjoy being surrounded by a…

Bridge at Huntington Gardens

Sometimes the best way to gather inspiration for your own gardening projects is to see and experience what others have managed to accomplish. Plus, visiting area gardens can become a fun family outing, a creative date idea, or just a way for you to spend quiet time alone in nature. With that said, this week…

Swimming pool with reef step

Are you thinking about adding a swimming pool to your yard? Or perhaps you already enjoy your backyard pool, but you’d like to enhance it with some convenient or attractive new features? The following trends in swimming pool additions might be just what you’re looking for. Beach entry: This feature is exactly what it sounds…

Raised garden beds

Growing your own vegetables will give you access to fresh, affordable produce (and organic if you prefer). Vegetable gardens also serve as terrific educational tools for children and can save you money at the grocery store. But first, you need to establish a spot for your vegetable garden. Raised beds offer the convenience of simply…

Gabion wall with flowers

Used for thousands of years, gabion walls provide a retaining wall option that is both effective and attractive. The word “gabion” comes from an Italian word meaning “big cage” (“gabbione”), referring to the manner in which gabion walls are constructed. They are essentially containers, which can be filled with a variety of different materials, that…

Gardens at Balboa Park

For a fun springtime family outing, and to gather a little inspiration for your own landscape design, head over to Balboa Park in San Diego. The park features numerous gardens, some designed decades ago by the original founders. Just to give you an idea of the park’s diversity, here is a list of their gardens…

trampoline with child jumping

Perhaps your trampoline isn’t the most decorative part of your landscape, but it’s certainly important to the kids. So you want to take good care of it, and choose the best placement in your yard. We’re glad you checked our blog, because we have some input on these matters. Where to place your trampoline. Directly…

Tomatoes

Nothing says summer like a homegrown tomato, or perhaps your own homemade salsa! If you’re getting ready to plant your spring garden, you might be wondering which tomato and pepper varieties are best suited for home use. For container gardens. If space is an issue, you’ll be pleased to know that you can grow tomatoes…