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Earth-Tones Landscaping - F.A.Q.

Q: WHAT MAKES US BETTER THAN OTHER LANDSCAPE COMPANIES?
A: We have been in the landscape industry for over 27 years. Our foundation is a background in ornamental horticulture and landscape design. When our staff meets with you, we are sure that you will find them trained to listen first to your needs and desires and then help walk you through the landscape installation or renovation process. One client noted that our designer was “user friendly”. And that’s just it . . . you’ll be comfortable knowing that we’ve listened to your dream and we are able to deliver. We always start with YOU first; then we add our expertise. The end result is then functional as well as beautiful! OUR MOTTO . . . BEAUTY CAN BE SIMPLE, ELEGANT AND AFFORDABLE! Our landscapes fit every type of customer and every budget!

Q: WHICH SERVICES ARE YOU ABLE TO PROVIDE?
A: We are a “full scale” landscape design & installation company. We start from the ground and work our way up – from drainage & irrigation, to custom masonry work and beautiful tree & shrub installations. We do small intimate courtyards to large scale property landscape installations.

Q: HOW DO I GET A HOLD OF YOU FOR MORE INFORMATION?
A: Call, fax or e-mail any requests or information needed, and we will promptly get back with you. You may conveniently contact us via our contact page. If you have any landscape project questions, we welcome your phone calls for a friendly chat as well!

Q: HOW DO I GET A BID FROM YOU?
A: First, contact us here on our website or give us a call at our office. Then, we will set up a convenient time to meet with you and discuss your project and what you want. Then, at no charge to you, we will provide you with a free estimate. It’s as simple as that!

Q: WHAT IS THE FIRST ITEM OF IMPORTANCE WHEN PLANNING MY LANDSCAPE?
A: The First Item of Importance is to decide HOW AM I GOING TO USE MY YARD? The flow and shape of the yard depends on things such as:
Do I entertain often? If so, how many people will I entertain? Am I going to B.B.Q. often? It’s California and we like being outdoors a lot! Do I have any pets? Pets can have an important impact on the landscape and sometimes we need to design an area for Lassie! These are but a few of the things we must talk about before you begin to design your project.

Q: AFTER I HAVE HAD MY PROJECT COMPLETED, HOW AM I GOING TO MAINTAIN IT?
A: When your project is completed, we leave you with the proper instructions for maintaining your special project. Generally, turf grass should be mowed weekly at 1 ½ inches to 2 inches in height to promote water retention and to inhibit weed growth. Shrubs should be pruned as needed and lightly; we don’t encourage severe pruning and hedging practices that take the plant’s natural form away. Watering should be done every other day for turf grass in the winter and every 2 days for shrubs. In the summer, you will
need to increase the watering to a daily regimen, depending on the temperature. Our irrigation controllers make it easy for you to control your watering schedule so that no water waste is incurred, especially here in Southern California. And lets’ not forget our trees . . . it is important to place your trees on a yearly pruning schedule to promote health, proper growth and structural beauty!
 
Q: WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO FERTILIZE?
A: Generally, you should fertilize your yard 4 times a year. That’s right . . . WINTER, SPRING, SUMMER & FALL. But never fertilize when the temperature is considered HOT! There are some great “Weed n Feed” products available at your home and garden centers which inhibit weed growth and promote turf and shrub health. Just talk to your garden center associate. The important thing to remember is . . . stay away from extreme heat and be sure to water thoroughly when applying your chemicals.
 
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