Design, Planning, Arborist, & Erosion Control Services
Conceptual, Construction, Landscape, Sports Fields Design Plans, Landscape Lighting Plans, and Color Renderings. Irrigation Specifications, Irrigation Plans, and Auditing. Water-Efficient Irrigation Design Services, Site Planning, Cost Estimating, and Value Engineering. Arborist Site Evaluations, Tree Evaluation Maps, and Reports. Erosion Control Plans & Erosion Control Monitoring Services, Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP), Wet Weather Plans & Monitoring.
Our Preference Is 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). 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). Researchers further found that the degree of variance is profound, 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.
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 and 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.
Soil Preparation & Trees
Trees are beneficial. They beautify communities, provide animal habitats, relax the environment, assist with cleaning the air we breathe, and help with erosion. Trees offer many more benefits in rural, country, or urban landscapes. As time progresses, mature trees are impacted by soil compaction, straining the root's ability to absorb nutrients and disperse CO2. Soil compaction can significantly compromise a tree's ability to absorb nutrients and release carbon dioxide adequately. For this reason, soil preparation is necessary for maximizing a tree's ability to thrive.
Whether preparing the soil for new tree installations or revitalizing existing ones, soil mix ingredients must contain an appropriate pH balance, synthetic fertilizer, and mulch additives. Where soil compaction exists, such as on a site where landscape design will take place, testing the soil to determine nutrients needed, and implementing BMPs to protect the landscape preparation area is essential. Selecting the right tree for the right place is also vital for the tree's growth.
McEntire Landscaping, Inc., is a design-build company with two licensed arborists. The company’s creative team consults the arborists to focus on selecting the right tree for the suitable space and the nutrients needed for that tree to thrive for years to come. To learn more about trees, contact McEntire Landscaping, Inc.
Benefits of Hand-Watering
Having a robust garden, lovely lush shrubs, turf that is thick and soft as carpet, and trees with canopies wide enough to shade and sleep under are some of the best parts of a landscape. When perusing landscape magazines or driving by properties with a curbside appeal, the ews and awes might be quite frequent when noticing the beauty of such bountiful gardens and landscapes. The beauty comes from establishing plantings within the first 30 to 60 days by hand-watering and an automated irrigation system. Setting up an automatic irrigation system is necessary for the long-term health of trees and shrubs. However, to get that garden, turf, trees, or shrubs growing, hand-watering for the first thirty days, if not more, is necessary.
Hand-watering can be lots of fun, and the tools used for hand-watering might depend on the size of the garden or landscape itself. For instance, a watering can is beneficial for small gardens or container plants. A hose, with or without a spray nozzle, suffices too. Hand-watering is also advantageous to the person doing the watering. Some of the benefits of hand-watering are relaxing, one’s mind can focus on caring for the plants being grown, and simply watching nature at its best. Of course, the plants benefit significantly from hand-watering because they receive frequent nourishing to establish themselves within their growing period.
Remember, hand-watering during those first thirty days is crucial to establishing a healthy, thriving plant. Also, note that plants differ in their watering needs. Always consider hand-watering during the same days and times the City’s Water Department has set forth. For more information about water-saving tips, visit your City’s website and type in water conservation. For a professional landscape and irrigation design, contact McEntire Landscaping, Inc.
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.
However, 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 aim 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.