Stay And Play At Home

The COVID-19 pandemic arrived as suddenly as the change that came with it. Ever since the pandemic began, people have had to consider radical lifestyle changes. Many of us are still trying to get used to these changes. As millions have been become bound by stay-at-home measures to contain the spread of the virus, we are confronted with new realities.

Online shopping, videoconferencing, and online learning have are the new norm. Since all of this means we will spending a lot more time at home, we are also on the lookout for new ways to entertain ourselves at home. We are also seeking clever ways to watch movies and listen to music remotely with friends. 

More and more people find themselves lounging in their backyard nowadays. It can be the most refreshing activity of the day. Why not consider redesigning the backyard to spend more time outdoors while maintaining social distancing? This is one part of the home where it all happens: relaxation, recreation, entertainment, and being one with nature’s elements like vegetables, herbs, flowers, and fresh air. In addition to a new deck and patio, most yards could also do with some updated landscaping. It is important to hire reputable landscapers like Mission Hills’s Torrey Pines Landscaping, who will design and build a landscape design that suits your home.

Here are some landscaping tips and ideas to consider:

Elevate With Rock and Stone

Rocks and stones can be used in many ways all over the backyard. Some ideas include using them as elevation, decoration, and drainage. Larger stones can add texture to the landscape to support elevation changes. Smaller stones and decorative gravel can be used to add more character to the landscape and to create more drainage areas.

Create A Green Oasis With Trees & Shrubs 

The most basic elements of any landscaping zone are the trees and shrubs. Height variations create scale and flow in the landscape, and trees and shrubs can be great for scaling the house. Undersized trees are not a great choice as they can take longer to grow. Straight lines through a minimalist approach work well for formal and contemporary landscapes. For natural backyard landscaping, arrangements of shrubs offer a relaxed appeal. Trees and shrubs make for a great backyard addition as they act as shading from the sun.

Create Geometric Garden Structures

Landscaping with garden structures like pergolas and arbors offers several possibilities. Pergolas aren’t just beautiful decorative structures, but they can provide shade and privacy for the pool and dining patios or outdoor kitchens. San Diego homeowners can have Patio Covers installed by hiring Torrey Pines Landscaping. Using pergolas for landscaping create a unique transformation. Along with pergolas, arbors can be added to create a nice entrance to the herb garden or pool area. 

Surround Yourself With Water

A great addition to a landscape are water features like ponds and fountains that create a serene environment. Ponds are perfect on a natural landscape with more rugged open setting. The pond can be surrounded by lilies. Colorful plants can be used to offer a balance to the outdoor stone.

Aerial Photography of Body of Water

A Globetrotter Returns Home

Olivia Turner is a globetrotting journalist who has spent the last few months residing in her elegant Tuscan style home in the residential community of Los Angeles. Three months ago, she returned home after having spent six months in Northern Thailand, visiting temples and schools, reporting on culture and philosophy. She came back from her trip with an appreciation and desire for a quieter and more peaceful life. Inspired by the aesthetics of Asian prayer gardens, Olivia decided to revamp her backyard.

Rancho Santa Fe Mediterranean Gardens

“I love my job as a traveling reporter, but it is very physically exhausting. That said, I learn so much from seeing the world. I leave every city as a brand new person. And I’ve returned home to Los Angeles wanting to create a space in my own home that allows me to recall and remember what I learned from my experience in Thailand.”

The typical stages of revamping a backyard involve design, measurement, build, and installation. Olivia enlisted the services of a landscape design firm based in Point Loma to bring her dream into reality. “I wanted to elevate my garden to give it an energy that is both invigorating and soothing. I wanted zen but I also wanted California cool.” To achieve her desired result, the designers recommended three key elements: greenery, symmetry, and simplicity.

Torrey Pines Landscape company is a landscape design-build company based in Mission Hills, founded by award-winning landscape contractor Harry Thompson. “I don’t expect my globetrotting days to come to an end anytime soon, but I do plan on spending much more of the year at home with my children. They are only young for so long, and I want to be here to watch them grow up. In addition to dinner parties and group meditations, I wanted this backyard to be a play space for my little ones. I wanted this to be a lifelong garden, and so I knew that I had to hire an expert to get it right.”

Knowing what she wanted and seeing that the designers had captured her vision in their detailed plans, it wasn’t hard for Olivia to agree to move onto the next stage. For over thirty-five years, Torrey Pines Landscaping Company has been custom designing and transforming gardens in San Diego. They have an impressive portfolio of projects, with features such as fire pits, kitchens, patio covers, planters, fountains, and more. The company also offers landscape maintenance, which includes garden pest control, water audits and management, lighting upkeep and improvement, plant care, weed abatement, soil testing, seasoning flower planting, and more.

“I wanted there to be structure with the arrangement of the greenery. And I wanted to showcase a foundation. Water has a lot of symbolism in Eastern culture and religion. Nature and water are believed to provide calm energy. Once they sketched up the plan and showed it to me, I knew that it was going to be perfect. I loved that they captured my preference for a minimalist style of elegance. “

If you are looking to transform your garden into an oasis, you can give them a call.

Torrey Pines Landscape Company
5560 Eastgate Mall, San Diego, CA 92121, United States

Not Your Average Landscaper

“Hello, hello, hello, it’s another sunny day in gorgeous San Diego. The time is 7am, and this one is for those of you heading into work on this Monday morning.” The radio cut to the music as Lily Cain coasted down Interstate 5. She was headed to a meeting, running 15 minutes early as usual. 

Lily Cain made her wage off making other people interesting. That’s not to say they weren’t actually interesting, but Lily had a way of making the driest of stories nail biters. She had been writing for the San Diego post for about 6 months, trading the four seasons of New York City for something a little sunnier. So far, she couldn’t help but love San Diego. She loved the weather, the food, and her new job wasn’t half bad either. She primarily wrote about businesses local to San Diego that were having a big impact on the community. It was a great way to showcase her skills. 

This morning she was especially excited for her meeting with Don Whales, the owner of a local company that did landscaping work in La Jolla and surrounding areas that she had been hearing great things about. Don had been in business with his late father before starting Whales Landscaping. It had just been the two of them, but after his dad passed he had decided to start his own company. With Don’s experience, they had expanded quickly, marketing themselves as trustworthy, experienced, professionals. They had even created a little landscaping tips guide for DIYers.

She pulled into the parking lot of the coffee house she was meeting Don at and hopped out of her car. She walked in prepared to grab a drink and prep until Don got there because, of course, she was early. To her surprise a man, younger than she had thought, opened the door for her. “You must be Lily,” the man said. He had bright blue eyes, a deep tan, and gorgeous smile. 

“Oh my gosh,” Lily said, a little to loud. She wasn’t used to people beating her places. “Um, yes I am. It’s nice to meet you,” she extended her hand. 

“Likewise. Why don’t you grab some coffee and meet me at my table,” Don said, pointing to a table in the back. Based on his half empty coffee cup, Lily guessed he had arrived at least 15 minutes ago. 

Lily retrieved her coffee, black with a splash of skim, and headed for Don’s table. “So, I have really been looking forward to this interview. Obviously, there are a lot of companies that do landscape design in Rancho Santa Fe but yours has really made a splash. You guys really have a reputation for excellence.” Lily took a seat and began pulling out her tablet to take notes. 

“Lily, flattery will get you far,” Don smiled. “It was always a dream of mine to start my own thing. That’s not to say I don’t miss working alongside my dad, we had several good years, and I miss him every day. I’m really happy with where I landed though.”  

Lily smiled back, “That is great stuff. You sort of answered my first couple of questions though.” This guy kept beating her to the punch, Lily thought, and she kind of liked it. “So, I guess I’ll have to skip to my next question. In your mind what makes your company so special?” 

“Hmmm,” Don thought out loud, “If I really had to say, I would say we are a larger company with a small company feel.”

“One more question for you,” Lily said, “What has been your favorite project to work on?”

“O, that is an easy one,” Don replied, “It has to be the Mission Hills landscaping project we did a few months back. I’m not going to lie, it was in rough shape when we first got there, but by the time we were done it was simply stunning. It literally made the homeowners cry.”

“Great answer,” Lily replied, “and great interview. I really appreciate you taking time out of your busy day to meet with me.”

“Oh, Lily it was an absolute pleasure,” Don replied with a wink.

If you are looking for a great landscaping company in San Diego, we recommend:

Torrey Pines Landscape Co.

P.O. Box 6742, San Diego, CA 92166

(858) 454-1433