Landscape Design Services
Cost Estimating, Conceptual Design Plans, Landscape Lighting Plans, Color Renderings, Arborist & Tree Evaluation Reports, Site Planning & Design Services, Landscape & Construction Design Plans, Irrigation Specifications, Landscape Irrigation Plans & Irrigation Auditing, Water-Efficient Irrigation Design Services, Erosion Control Plans & Erosion Control Monitoring Services, Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP), Wet Weather Plans & Monitoring, & Value Engineering.
Full Sun, Intense Heat
Escalating temperatures can stress plants. Irrigation is essential, and the placement of plants is vital for ensuring they survive triple-digit heat intensities. Knowing the plant's recommended growing zone, exposure, and water needs is also essential for the plant to thrive. However, one must consider how that plant might react to intense heat or extreme cold in that zone and how those elements inform microclimates. For example, recommendations for plants like perennials may include full sun or partial shade exposure with low water needs and perhaps additional considerations when planted in a container. The same is true for those perennials growing inground during times of intense heat along with direct sun exposure. If relocating the plant(s) is not an option, some shade elements may be necessary to protect the plants, also irrigating for less time, yet more frequently, while staying within the City's watering requirements. Our design plans include the right plant installed in the right place for its variety, exposure, and watering needs. Noticing that areas around buildings and open spaces have varying microclimates, McEntire Landscaping, Inc.'s goal is to ensure shrubs and trees thrive in the place and space in which they are planted. For more information about local weather, tune in to the local news, or go online to Weather Underground.
Water Conservation & Preservation
Living in California, many are informed about the drought. Nevertheless, whether disclosed or not, all have accountability to ensure water is conserved, used effectively, and per the irrigation schedule while attempting to reduce water usage. Recently, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted an emergency water conservation regulation. The immediate impact of the bans is the irrigating of large turf areas on or next to large industrial and commercial buildings, yet excludes "watering turf used for recreational or other community purposes, water used at residences [and] to maintain trees" (Ortiz, 2022, par. 2). Continual conservation is the key to ensuring "all Californians…save water in every possible way," Joaquin Esquivel, chair of the State Water Board, stated. As a leader in irrigation design and installation, we ensure our clients' irrigation systems meet the Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO) water budget, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines, and ensure WaterSense water-efficient products are part of each installation. For more information about water conservation, preservation, water-efficient products, and irrigation installation for commercial properties in the North State, click on the embedded hyperlinks. To find information about landscape watering by means and practical ways to conserve water, go to your local municipality's website and type in water conservation.
Our Preference? Natural Grass Turf for Athletes
The Lawn Institute financially supported a study Accessing differences in the thermal stress of soccer players on natural turfgrass and artificial turf, published in SportsField Management (2022). Further, researchers for this study compared two sports fields and their microclimates to assess the impact of thermal heat on athletes playing on artificial turf. Temperatures varied from natural turf (NT) to artificial turf (AT). Research further found the degree of variance is profound, overall resulting in a "reduction of physiological thermal stress by up to 20%" when athletes played on NT. As a result, their overall findings confirmed that "surface temperature is the main driving factor that leads to an increase in both perceived and physiological thermal stress of the soccer players in summer daytime" (par. 14). Hence, McEntire Landscaping, Inc. prefers natural turf (NT) to artificial turf (AT) for athletes. Click here to read the article in its entirety.