Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JAN 2018

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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Rotators for the lawn area. A smart controller monitors water use relative to the evapotranspiration (ET) rate of the plants. Water runoff is disseminated throughout the site, allowing for infiltration back into the groundwater. Fine grading encourages water re-direction towards low spots. The front yard incorporates three Eco- Rain tanks on both sides of the yard for infiltration. Almost all plants are California natives or low water use plants (Mediterranean climate and succulents). The few thirsty plants used are roses for scent, and fruit trees. Fruit trees and the garden are grown and maintained without chemical pesticides or fertilizers. Compost tea, a live brew of nematodes, fungi and bacteria, has been applied to build healthy, living soil. The landscape architect's role in this project was from initial conception through onsite construction oversight. There were relatively few issues or delays, unusual for a project of this size. The credit for this can come from the respectful working relationships between the owners, the landscape architect, and the contractors. Project Team Landscape Architect: Alison Terry, Terry Design, Inc. Mason, backyard: Larry Conner, Conner Masonry (retired) Mason, front yard: Jim Wright, Wright Construction Pool Contractor: Fluid Dynamics Pool and Spa Landscape Contractor: Richard Bogda, Cumberland Landscape Concrete Contractor: Joe Conti, Macon Concrete Wood Contractor: Jeff Todd, Woodscapes Design Compost Tea: Sheri Powell-Wolff, Compost Teana 78 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Agave Aloe striata Artemisia californica 'Canyon Gray' Blue-eyed grass Dudleya Below: The owners of this residence in Trabuco Canyon, California, asked Alison Terry of Terry Design Inc. to help blend their long, narrow backyard with the adjacent wilderness park. Terry used native plants and recycled materials to create two distinct spaces in the yard. An upper area was designed for entertaining, while the "lower 48" serves as a quiet area for relaxing and enjoying the landscape. Site Plan Key: 1. Rip-rap walls: Recycled broken concrete walls 2. Red block walls: Integral color stucco retaining wall 3. Existing Arbutus Tree 4. Lawn 5. Existing Coast Live Oak 6. 'Dakota' ashlar stone patio 7. Redwood lattice patio cover 8. Water feature 9. Corner fireplace faced with rubble stone 10. Decorative gravel patio 11. Bay Laurel tree, standard 12. Concrete steppers, colored and washed 13. Red block seatwall: Integral color stucco 14. Pool: Pebble Fina 'Bella Blue' plaster finish 15. Spa: Elevated at the edge of upper level 16. Firepit with potted concrete fire bowl 17. Red block wall with redwood seat attached 18. Existing sycamores 19. Concrete stairs leading down to lower level 20. Decomposed granite path 21. Glass fence, pool safe 22. Pool and spa equipment, ozone 23. Curved decomposed granite path 24. 'Dakota' random flagstone paths 25. Fruit trees: orange, avocado, peach, apple 26. x Chitalpa tree 27. Multitrunk Arbuts 'Marina' tree 28. 'Dakota' random flagstone patio 29. Existing Toyon tree

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