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Friday, 11 December 2015 19:52

Does your HOA need a Landscape Architect?

In a word, YES! Landscaping is one of an HOA’s biggest assets and a landscape architectural firm can be your best resource for adding value to your property through the design of an attractive and low maintenance requiring landscape. When potential residents visit your property, their first impression will be vital in the opinion they form. Before they even set foot out of their car and onto your property, the landscaping will already speak volumes and play no small part in whether they view the community as welcoming and attractive or rundown and poorly maintained. Sustainability and drought tolerance are…
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 22:07

We’re About to Rain on Your Parade

El Nino Isn’t the Answer to California’s Drought What is El Nino? By definition, it is the warm portion of the warm/cool cycle of ocean water temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean. It generally lasts 9 to 12 months and occurs more regularly than its counterpart, La Nina (the cold cycle). Currently, El Nino is in progress and will peak around January, February and March. Many predict that this particular El Nino will be the strongest one in decades, or even the strongest one to date and produce storms and rainfall that are much more aggressive than normal. This sounds…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 04:54

A Day in the Life of a Landscape Architect

This is how a typical day goes: An owner gives us their ideas for how they’d like the landscaping to look on their property. RGA heads over to the site and implements it. We call it a day and all go have a beer. Ok, so that’s the fantasy version of how a day goes. Really, there’s a lot more to it. Rob Parker, our 26-year veteran Principal/Designer, walks us through a realistic day at RGA. From the conception of a project to its end, every step along the way is a largely collaborative process. In the office, you may…
Monday, 08 June 2015 21:29

Bulletproof Plants

In the hot desert climate, there are certain requirements a plant needs in order to thrive. We call these plants “bulletproof” due to their hardiness and ability to flourish in arid conditions, particularly during times of drought. Bulletproofing your landscaping has many benefits. Not only will you use much less water, as these plants have adapted to the local environment and are less thirsty, but you will spend less time maintaining them and still have a vibrant, beautiful garden. Often when people think of hardy, desert-friendly plants, they think of cacti or succulents. And those plants are great. However, there…
Water is the most basic, abundant, and essential natural resource. So why is California experiencing such shortages that the government has called for emergency regulations and mandatory cutbacks? Over 70% of the earth’s area is water and of that, 10% is potable. This historic drought – recording the driest years in the state’s recent history – has greatly affected river and reservoir levels (the largest two of which are only at 57% of their normal levels for this time of year). This information is important for Californians to know so they can be a part of the effort to conserve water – on both small and large scales.…
Creosote, white sage, desert marigold...what do these plants have in common? Aside from looking beautiful in your yard, these plants are all native to the Coachella Valley and are drought tolerant. With the chronic water shortage California is experiencing, landscaping with drought tolerant plants has grown in popularity - and in necessity. RGA strongly believes in (and specializes in) environmentally sound landscape design where water is limited. Through the use of hardy plants that, after being established, need very little (or no) irrigation, property and homeowners can greatly help reduce water use and become part of the solution to California's…
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