THERE WAS A TIME WHEN AN IDEAL HOME LANDSCAPE MEANT
beautiful gardens, grounds that invited a leisurely stroll
and perhaps a bench where one could sit and enjoy the view.
Now, residential landscapes have become much more.
That statement is more true today than it ever has been before. In recent years, travel has become so costly and so stressful that people are booking fewer vacations. In addition, as more Americans begin to be affected by the current economic crunch, discretionary funds for leisure activities are becoming scarce.
WHITTIER COLLEGE HAS ALWAYS BEEN HOME TO A WIDE
range of athletes with a lot to show for their mettle. The
Whittier, California-based school has captured 26 conference
titles through its football program alone in a
100-year span, and its lacrosse program has also roused
its fair share of competition.
You’re a skilled designer. You listen to your clients and understand exactly
what they’re looking for. You draw beautiful plans according to their wishes.
But do you ever wonder what business would be like if you could just get your
designs out faster?
The Springs Preserve in Las Vegas
is another award-winning outdoor
environment built with the help of
ValleyCrest Landscape Development.
Only three miles from the lights and
action of the Strip, this 180-acre site
provides a sanctuary for people and
wildlife that seems far removed from
But with this magic, in many parts of the
country, comes cold weather. Snow begins to
cover turf, ponds are frozen over and landscape
contractors shut down for the season. If you’re
a small businessman, how can you generate
some revenue during the winter months?
Buildings everywhere are doing the green thing.
Commercial buildings, homes and even entire neighborhoods
are being designed with sustainability in mind.
Consumers want it, realtors know it sells, governments are
demanding it and engineers and architects are delivering.
If you haven’t taken a look at synthetic
turf in many years, look again.
You’re in for a surprise. The tacky, plastic-
looking and uncomfortable surfaces
that we used to see have been
replaced with surprisingly soft materials
that often cannot be distinguished
from grass on first sight.
The recent housing downturn
and purported recession
have affected our industry
to varying degrees. Some
are feeling the pinch associated
with a lack of new
housing starts and a weak
dollar, while for others it’s
business as usual. However,
we could all use additional
WHAT STABILIZES SOIL, RETAINS
moisture, saves on mulch, aids in filtration,
reinforces and protects, and
oh, yes . . . minimizes weeding? The
answer is landscape fabric. Commonly
known as a weed-barrier, landscape
fabric isn’t just for weed control.
It’s a multi-tool rolled up in a
convenient, easy-to-use package.