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Xeriscaping Landscaper
updated: Feb 09, 2013, 4:30 PM

Any referrals for a landscaper who is experienced in xeriscaping? I can't afford the high-end contractors, but this is for a large backyard area.

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 COMMENT 372697 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-09 06:46 PM

Try contacting Lawrence at Santa Barbara Xeriscaping - not allowed to pot his web site, but he's easy enough to find by doing the Goog thing. Lots of experience and may do work for trade if you have anything to trade.


 COMMENT 372736 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-09 08:07 PM

Thanks for the new term (to me). I had to google it and learn something new today.


 COMMENT 372758P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-09 10:02 PM

Daniel Wilson of Wilson Environmental Lanscsoe design. He has done a lot of high quality work for us and xeriscape is a large portion of it. Not sure your budget but you can always get an estimate from any contractor or designer as well as referrals.


 COMMENT 372838P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-10 11:09 AM

You can find similar results by searching for 'Mediteranean landscape style'. 'Xeriscape' was a popular term in the late 80's and 90's when low water-use landscaping was a novelty. Not used all that much any more.

'Sustainable' is also a commonly-used term nowadays, synonymous with Xeriscaping and Mediterranean. All feature low water-use plantings, site soils and grading assessment, integral use of water-permeable hardscaping surfaces, catchment basins where feasible, low or no fertizliers and other garden chemicals, and (perhaps most important) planting plans with spacings which don't require endless pruning.

Be sure to indicate to the designer the amount of engagement you'll wish to have with your landscape's maintenance.


 COMMENT 372859 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-10 12:33 PM

Consider hiring a landscape architect. There are some good landscapers around, but hiring one to design a garden, is a bit like building a house without an architect. If you can make it work, consider having the plan done professionally and then save money by doing the installation with some lower priced labor.

Phil Suding of Suding Design (landscape architect, listed in the SB phone book) did a great job planing the Xeriscape design on our acre lot. He's not an installer, but certainly knows the plants, resources for getting the plants, and low-water irrigation systems and has a great eye for color and design.


 COMMENT 372903 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-10 02:09 PM

Check out LeafLandscape dot com


 COMMENT 372940 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-10 03:46 PM

OP here: Thanks everyone. That's a big help in getting started with this project! Yay, EdHat!


 COMMENT 373086 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-11 08:31 AM

Check out the Water Wise SB site, lots of info on sustainable/water efficient plants and gardening, and a list of certified "Green Gardeners." Also check out the Surfrider Foundation's "Ocean Friendly Gardens" program.


 COMMENT 373180 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-11 10:06 AM

Try Enviroscaping - they are in Goleta and do wonderful work.


 COMMENT 373202 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-11 10:36 AM

Consider Cheryl Jensen, Landscape Architect at ARCHart, inc, 969-4974.



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