Encinitas – Cox Residence
- Front & Back Yard
- Turf Removal
Client’s landscape was the original contractor landscaping that was very linear and lacked an organic flow. Project requirements included an outdoor living/entertaining space, privacy screening from neighboring homes, something to soften up the large expanses of nearby walls, turf and water consumption reduction, and colorful foliage.
Working in phases, all existing turf and plantings were removed from the front and backyards. In the front yard, drought-tolerant plantings that work well with root competition were installed under the large mature tree as well as in other planting beds. A strip of flagstone was installed running from the sidewalk along the driveway to the house front, and now eases entry and exit from cars as well as creates a generous front patio leading guests to the front door.
In the backyard, a circular decomposed granite patio for casual entertaining was installed near a small patch of retained lawn. Pittosporum tenuifolium, dodonaea purpurea, and shoestring acacia were added for privacy. For more texture and color, native sages, lavender and olive, as well as succulents, were added along with a bird bath. To increase accessibility to planting beds and to add curves to the landscape, a meandering decomposed granite pathway was carved out around the yard’s perimeter. Drip irrigation was installed in both yards.