Well its official, spring has sprung and summer is fast approaching. So with that said its time to get out in the garden and enjoy it.

If your into growing your own food then now is the time to plant your summer vegetables such as cucumber, tomatoes, corn, artichoke and peppers among many other tastes treats. If you feel that using a little more water is acceptable if you eat the results then give bananas, cherimoyas or avocados a try. If the colors and aromas of roses are more your thing then now is the perfect time to liven up your garden with such standouts as Spanish Sunset or Cinco de Mayo roses. If you are more of the mindset that we must conserve ever last drop of water (and we should be) then plant heat loving succulents, or a nice drought tolerant shade tree to help maximize the water you use on your landscape. Solid performer such a Palo Verde or the exotic Floss Silk will cast a nice bit of dappled  shade on to lower heat loving beauties such as Agave, Senecio or Echeveria.

Whatever appeals to you now is the time to get started so you can have an amazing garden for generations to come with these landscape design ideas.

If you need help designing your garden, please feel free to contact you today we would be happy to help.

The highly popular Instagram account “A Designers Mind” which has over 1.2 million followers has featured the work of Cleator Landscape Design.

They were kind enough to showcase the landscape design project we did on the bluffs above PB Point. We are so pleased to have been recognized and featured on such a widely popular site.

Here is there picture featured and a few others. I cant wait for all the groundcovers to fill and cobblestones to be added as it will only enhance the beauty further.

If you would be interested in having Cleator Landscape Design create a beautiful outdoor space for your home, please feel free to contact us at anytime. 619.917.3644

Cleator Landscape Design is proud to announce that we again have been featured in San Diego Magazine. The article titled “Treasure Trove” shares the story of a beautiful Hacienda style home and its residents. We were fortunate enough to have designed the landscape with the help of landscape contractor Matt Lindholm of Lindholm Landscapes. We will share some photos of the completed project in the coming months as the beautiful yard continues to mature.

If you would like Cleator Landscape Design to design a creative outdoor space for your home, please contact us at 619.917.644

When it comes to high quality decking people often ask me the differences between Ipe, Teak and Mangaris. I thought I would help shine some light on the topic with this post.

Ipe or Brazilian Walnut are the common names for over 20 different species of Tabebuia spp.  It is an amazingly dense hardwood with a beautiful dark walnut color. It’s very difficult to work with due to its dense nature but it can withstand the elements better then most anything else. It approximately eight time harder then California Redwood, meaning that it earns high marks against termites, mold, rot and even fire. But all the beauty and durability comes at a cost.

Teak or Tectona grandis is another superb choice. It often has a nice yellow brown color but can be found in a rich brown as well. It will age to a nice soft uniform gray if let untreated, but does require upkeep to prevent this color change. It is about three times softer the Ipe so working it is a bit easier but it still stands up to the elements very well.

Mangaris comes in a few varieties such as Red Mangaris or Dipterocarpaceae spp. to Diamond Mangaris which come from Intsia spp. Red Managris offer clients a beautiful red color similar to Mahogany with a very dense grain structure approaching Ipe.  Diamond Mangaris with a denseness rating similar to Teak  but the coloration of Ipe is another option.

I hope this post helps you make a choice when it come to which lumber is the right choice for your upcoming outdoor space.

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If you would like to have Cleator Landscape Design design a custom lumber element for your property please contact us at 619.917.3644

Here in San Diego our landscapes are (or should be) an extension of our homes. With increasing temperatures and prolonged drought getting outside and finding some shade to relax is as important as ever, for we need to take stock in just how amazing nature is so we can make the strides to protect it. One great way to increase your use of your outdoor space is through outdoor seating, this vital component to outdoor living can come in many forms. A simple Adirondack chair under a Chinese Elm tree can make a simple yet strong statement, as can built in seats around a water or fire feature. No mater your style or budget everyone should incorporate some place to sit outside and enjoy nature.  Here is a collection of outdoor seating that will get you excited for your own.

If you are interested in Cleator Landscape Design creating a beautiful outdoor space for your property please contact us at 619.917.3644

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Water features are a great way to tie a landscape together, but how best to do that during a drought like the one we are experiencing here in San Diego. Water features (fire elements as well) are great at bringing people into a outdoor space and helping to get them to stay and linger a while, they don’t need to be elaborate but they do need to be water conscience. Gone are the days of wild abandon when it comes to water features (think Niagara Falls in your backyard) now we want to use water sparingly. A simple recirculating basin, pump and timer connected to water tight urn or natural stone basin can do the trick. Placing such an element in the sight line from indoors or the entrance into the outdoor space along with nearby seating can help entice further exploration. Be sure to match the size and style of water feature to your home and landscape. Not only will you benefit from the addition of a water feature to your outdoor space but so will local birds.

If you are interested in having Cleator Landscape Design create a personalized outdoor space for your home, please contact us at 619.917.3644

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Here in San Diego we are all aware of just how expensive home are and with such a premium we need to utilize every square inch to its maximum. So no mater the size of your yard you can transform that space from a under utilized cracked concrete slab for example into an extension of your home with some creative idea.  Some quick points to remember are to envision how you want to use the space and how that would pair with your homes style. Then think about what areas you might need to open up or screen off. When it comes to plant and material selection take extra care for they need to be well thought out for each one will have a greater impact then it would in a larger landscape. Don’t forget to look to design accents that will help bring it all together with the home and help draw you into your new outdoor space. These pointers along with a handful of other(we cant give it all away) will help you in creating a small outdoor space that will live larger then it really is.

If you are interested in have Cleator Landscape Design create a outdoor living space for your property please contact us at 619.917.3644

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Sometime less is more, and one way to achieve a calming feeling to your landscape is to restrain from using every color under the sun. One such technique is the monochromatic approach, were only one color or one shade of color is used. The most widely available color in landscape design obviously is green, but with all the shades of green from light greens, to gray green, blue and yellow greens and dark greens you can easily create a beautiful outdoor space that provides a relaxing mood to all the entry.

If you are interested in having Cleator Landscape Design design a custom outdoor space for your property please contact us at 619.917.3644

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Landscape design is an extension of our homes, and that couldn’t be more true then in San Diego.

The style of your home should set the style for the landscape, for either to reach its potential they must work in harmony. If you live in a Spanish revival home your landscape should work to compliment the rustic beauty it possess. Modern architecture with its clean lines should have a landscape that reflects its “controlled restraint”. While a loose open beach bungalow looks most at home in a carefree landscape of grasses and the sweet smell of summer.

Now with that said there are no hard and fast rules, but look around at successful landscapes in magazines and online and you will often see a strong correlation between the style of the home and its landscape.

If you would like to have Cleator Landscape Design help create a landscape that is inline with the architecture of your home, please contact us at 619.917.3644

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what-does-a-landscape-designer-doI feel that their is some confusion to what a Landscape Designer or at least a good one is capable of doing. Many different titles have been used to describe what a good Landscape Designer does, terms such as Garden Designer, Outdoor Designer, Exterior Designer and others have been used in an attempt to inform clients of what kind of services we provide.

I feel that the main area of confusion is some client believe that a Landscape Designers only creates the plant layout and all other elements would need to be designed by a contractor or other professional. For some less skilled Garden Designers that may be true, however in my opinion any Landscape Designer worth his or her salt would be in charge of designing all outdoor elements. That included selecting the plants and their layout, designer the hardscape and selecting materials, designing all built elements from pools, fireplaces, to decks, arbors, outdoor kitchens, and so on. It doesn’t stop there  they should be selecting outdoor furniture, fabric, accent pieces, lighting, discussing paint colors and so on. Think of us as a cross between an Architect and a Interior Designer but for everything on the outside of your home.

When you let one professional design all your outdoor elements the chances for a unified coherent theme increases. You don’t end up with a mix and match approach, which is never as pleasing as a single design theme. So don’t be afraid to seek out a high quality Landscape Designer for your next outdoor project, they wont let you down.

If you would like to have Cleator Landscape Design help create a beautiful outdoor space for your propriety please contact us at 619.917.3644

This Spanish Revival home was in need of a landscape that would showcase its beauty without blocking sight lines for its sits on a challenging intersection. These young clients wanted a colorful, low maintenance landscape that would set the stage for their fast paced lifestyle without becoming a chore. By using a handful of child friendly succulents, vibrant groundcovers and a few complimentary colored shrubs we were able to provide the balance the clients desired. A large olive tree was brought in an placed near the front door to provide much needed height and a sense of maturity to the landscape. By replacing the old walkway with a new style appropriate saltillo and talavera tile walkway we were able to create a more welcoming entrance. Now this property has the warm colors, visual interest and sense of excitement deserving such a wonderful example of Spanish Architecture without becoming a maintenance or safety issue. Continue reading