18 Dec 2019
flower

Tips on Selecting Plants for Your New Landscape

Foggy coastline, bay marshland, flat valley, and forested rolling hills characterize the San Francisco Peninsula, each terrain supporting varied plant types. So, how do you go about selecting plants that will not only look great in your new landscape but thrive? Kristen Meyer, landscape designer and Bay Scenery plant specialist, gives her tips on selecting plants to feature in your new outdoor living space.

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20 Oct 2019

10 Steps to Creating a Sustainable Landscape Design

Sustainable landscape design strategies can inspire every garden project, are include adopting smart water, plant health, and plant selection practices. Sustainable landscape design is woven into the development of initial garden concepts, the installation process, and caretaking after everything is in place. Here are ten things to think about when creating a landscape design:

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22 Jun 2019
honey bees

Reinvigorating Peninsula Landscapes with Rescued Honey Bees

Bees at FrogsBarehanded Tim Dauber grasps a miniature statuary bench with a pair of garden frogs attached. His crewmate records him shaking the bench up and down, causing hundreds of honey bees to fall out from inside one of the frogs. When Dauber, owner of Bee Friendly, San Jose area honey bee relocation experts, showed up to the job the one frog wore a jacket made up of bees. He estimates two pounds of bees called the hollow frog-shaped home. The slo-mo recording posted to Bee Friendly’s Instagram website grabbed 830 views inside of a week. From the viewers’ perspective, it looks like the frog is pooping bees. “There’s just so many bees coming out of its behind,” says Dauber.

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03 May 2019
Day bed

7 Landscape Design Elements for the Perfect Garden Retreat

Imagine stretching out on a chaise lounge chair under a big blue sky, to soak in the sun’s warmth or relax with a good book. No, you’re not at an all-inclusive resort, but your own backyard. For Astrid Gaiser, a San Francisco Peninsula Landscape Designer, the beach and swaying palm trees denote vacation, so she created a tropical oasis in her backyard. For many of her clients, the tamer Mediterranean and California native landscapes bring on vacation getaway vibes. To achieve sustainable and vibrant outdoor living spaces fit for an all-year staycation garden retreat, Gaiser loves to incorporate the following elements into her designs.

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22 Mar 2019
Smart home garden

Escape Outside with Smart Home Technology

Feel like a magician as you swipe your smartphone screen from a patio lounge chair. Start the bubbling water feature, pipe in relaxing music and light up the main pathway all through smart home technology. The landscape projects Bay Scenery installs often have smart home technology incorporated into the design. Our project managers ensure the technology features work properly and teach homeowners how to use them. Get into the swipe of things with the following landscaping possibilities.

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13 Mar 2019
Landscaping Design

Why Bay Scenery Follows These 6 Landscape Designers on Houzz.com

Well, we’ve had the pleasure of working with some of these innovative San Francisco Peninsula area landscape designers, and we’d love a chance to work with the rest! Together they offer a variety of landscape design aesthetics speaking to different types of clients. Click through their websites and Houzz profiles to see what projects they’ve worked on in the past and soak up some landscape design inspiration while you’re there.

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27 Feb 2019
Portola Valley

Before and After: Portola Valley Landscape Design Challenge

Coastal wooded hills dotted with countryside estates and open space nature preserves define the San Francisco Peninsula town of Portola Valley. Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) Bay Area district co-president, Janet Enright was challenged to reclaim a home’s driveway view overlooking the neighboring hillside which was hidden by a jumble of overgrown plants. Enright’s design would create a unifying transition of the home’s garden spaces incorporating mostly native plants. Follow Enright’s before and after landscape design process at the Portola Valley site.

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31 Jan 2019
Landscape Project Management

8 Things a Project Manager Does to Propel Your Landscape Forward

With finalized landscape design plans in-hand, you’re excited for work on your outdoor oasis to begin. At Bay Scenery, a dedicated project manager will ensure construction of your new landscape runs smoothly from initial proposal estimate to final walkthrough. Bay Scenery’s Senior Project Manager, Michael Greenwood shares what steps go into taking your dream outdoor living space from blueprint to soil.

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