Posts Tagged manhattan beach

Sustainability or Regeneration?

Manhattan Beach Pier, Enviroscape LA Landscaping Contractor

As I was working on my computer, I heard the doggie door slam and knew my cat “Soffee” was soon to join me on the couch.  I noticed her coming…with something in her mouth.  She brought me a “present”, there it was, trying to get away, or rather, slide away, she brought me a good sized alligator lizard!  I didn’t want to get bit, so I began taking off

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Urban Food Forests

Where does our food come from? To a large extent, our health depends upon the answer to this question. You see, most foodbought in the supermarket is days and weeks old.Prepackaged food may be older. Once a fruit or vegetable hasbeen picked, there are no longer antioxidants and nutrientsbeing pumped into the food. Once picked, the fruit or veggiebegins the process of decay and eventually its nutrients returnback

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Pollinator Gardens Role in Saving the Planet

What are Pollinators and what role do they play in helping keep our planet in balance?  Pollinators are bugs, birds and any creature that aids and assists in the pollination of plants.  Why is this so important?  Nature has set-up an intricate system of check and balances.   All plants (like people) do age and die.  If plants did not reproduce, they would die out in one generation. 

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Front yard Waterfall for LA

In this video below, Mike Garcia, Sustainability Expert and Founder of Enviroscape LA in Redondo Beach gives an explanation of how to fix an improperly installed front yard waterfall in Los Angeles, CA. Mike Garcia, Landscape Design Contractor, Certified Pond Builder and Sustainability Specialist. Founder of Enviroscape LA  Landscaping Phone: (310) 374-1199 Redondo Beach, South Bay, California Serving Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Palos Verdes Estates,

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Growing and using Herb Gardens in the Los Angeles South Bay

The whole food – plant-based lifestyle is here to stay. Herbs make this way of life fun and enjoyable. Come learn all about herbs in the garden and growing them for the landscape. Free Herb Gardens Workshop on Saturday, April 1st, 2017 hosted by Mike Garcia, Landscape Design Contractor, certified Pond Builder and Health Coach in Redondo Beach, California.  We look forward to seeing you! RSVP 310-374-1199   Visit

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Landscaping Ideas for Foodscaping Your Yard

Join the Movement – Grow your own Food! Foodscaping sometimes called edible landscaping or front yard farming is a type of landscaping in which all or major areas of a lawn on private property or sometimes public property are used to grow food. Join Sustainability Expert Mike Garcia, Founder of Los Angeles Sustainable Landscaping on Saturday, February 4 at 2:00 pm for his presentation on Foodscaping, which includes all

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Drainage and Hard Rains

California friendly Garden Many in southern California have completely changed their former lawn dominated yards into drought tolerant or “California Friendly” gardens.  This entailed ripping out all or most of the grass with surfaces like decomposed granite (DG) or laying down different sizes of gravel.  This type of landscape works well in southern California, until heavy rains begin to fall, as happened last week.  Why the surprise? When

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The Lowdown on Drip and Low-Volume Irrigation

Low-volume and drip irrigation components deliver water at slower rates but targeted to the right places. They use less water and are much better for plant material than conventional irrigation. Drip irrigation—the choice of a new generation? The demand for drip irrigation is growing. According to one contractor, a new group of homeowners is leading the charge. “Over the past five years or so, a new, very savvy bunch

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KURAPIA

Kurapia Groundcover Plant This Manhattan Beach front yard is grass free. What looks like grass is a grass substitute called Kurapia. Once established, it requires little maintenance and needs less water than cool season turfgrasses. It only needs water 1-2X per month. It also attracts birds and butterflies and is self-repairing if dog pee occurs and is great for kids play. Kurapia has thick, dense growth that

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World’s Best Small Pond Filter

Pond Filter Mike Garcia, landscape contractor, certified pond builder and Founder of Enviroscape LA landscaping in Redondo Beach.  In this video, Mike Garcia talks about and demonstrates the ProEco Products pond filter system for Koi Ponds. This pond filter system is the most simple system on the market and has the lowest electrical draw of any pump on the market. If you are after Sustainability, this is

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