PRIME TIME: "Diggin' Dirt" Blog

Time For Change

2015 – a time for lawn removal, drought tolerant landscapes, and rain gardens to collect water runoff.

With that in mind, our customer set out to upgrade, update and make her front entry more inviting.

1. Our first concern in designing was the drainage. Historically there has been water collecting close to the house from downspouts on this very flat property.

2. There was a very narrow walkway fro the front door and very little pedestrian room between cars parked in the driveway and lawn area.


Design —

1. We graded all areas for even contours sloping away from the house and directed toward a rain garden left side of the main yard.

2. We widened the driveway for pedestrian passage

3. Added a walkway front he street parking to courtyard area leading to the front entry.

4. We decided to tie in the existing brick at the front door, with a brick seat wall, and ribbons through the walk and driveway, with the classic look of exposed aggregate.

Form it up!…


And now we are ready for the mason to begian



The front step is laid out, can’t wait to see the brick ribbons through the exposed aggregate.



The front entry is laid out, can’t wait to see the brick ribbons through the exposed aggregate!




John David’s Birthday

Happy Birthday to the Boss

Happy Birthday to the Boss


Our Planning process

Our landscape planning process: Our customer after living in her new home thru a winter, wants to enlarge the patio and landscape her yard.

The parcel is very flat all the way to the street, and was getting water runoff from the higher property behind.

Our site evaluation included the house and property measurements and elevations around both sides of the house.SONY DSC

After a CAD drawing has been made and elevations calculated, a drainage plan is designed and implemented. Excavation for the drainage system is dug with precision, for proper drainage. NDS solid drain pipe, down spout attachments and drain boxes are installed. Then all areas graded for positive drainage to boxes.


Concrete is poured and finished according to the design plans.


Planting, irrigation, lighting and mulch are installed to put on the finishing touches.


You can contact us with any questions and or to schedule an appointment for a consultation.


October’s Indian Summer

It’s clean up time. Pull weeds, spent annuals, and vegetables; clean up all fruit and leaves. This will reduce the number of sites to arbor insects and diseases during winter months. Clear leaves and limbs from house gutters and remove any woody vegetation growing against structures. Use the gathered garden leaves and debris to start a new compost pile.
Divide existing perennials, such as daylily and Shasta daisy to re-invigorate plants and increase the size and number of blooms.
Fall is a great time to plant, add shrubs and trees to your landscapes; water in well, and wait for the winter rainst to arrive.
If you haven’t bought your spring bulbs yet, hurry before the selection is gone.

Now that we have had a sprinkling of rain:
Check property and around your home for potential drainage problems before the winter rains arrive.

Fight erosion, mulch and plant cool-season grass on slopes, you can add native wildflower seed for color.
Call us at Prime Landscape with any questions for winterizing your property.


September In Central Coastal California

It’s a good time to add cool season color to coastal gardens. Because of our warm Indain Summer conditions you can set our winter – spring blooming annuals: Iceland poppies, Linaria, sanpdragons, and cool-weather crops such as broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower… For December flowers, plant sweetpea seeds now.
Purchase spring flowering bulbs now, add them to your perennial gardens for dramatic texture and color with minimal effort. Chill crocus, hyacinth and tulips for 6 to 8 weeks.
Summer Pruning: Most established backyard deciduous fruit trees need pruning twice a year, with a different purpose at each session. Summer pruning can be done while there is still fruit on the tree, but is most often performed immediately following the harvest. The primary purpose of summer pruning is to manage tree size. Winter pruning will improve the quality and quanitity of the harvest and to create food tree structure.
Feed trees, shtubs, and ground covers, once more before the weather turns colol. Don’t feed California natives or drought tolerant plants.


Frost Advise

If you have recently installed new plants, especially frost tender varieties,or if you have any  foliage, tropical or leafy plants which may have problems with low and mid-30 temperatures, you should cover with cheesecloth, dense burlap (these can actually be laid on the foliage) or if a frame of sorts can be built, any solid material, even, plastic.  But, don’t let the plastic touch the leaves during those cold temperatures.  And look, another good reason to, or maybe you already got it together, mulch the bare soils to hold in heat.  1? to 3? is good, as long as plants don’t get “smothered” with too much at their crowns, or bases.  Historically, we’ve mainly used different grades of redwood.  Now, we tend to use re-cycled wood mulches from Vision Recycling, at the Watsonville dump. Another thought is to make sure you water some before the heavy frosts.   And be careful with the pruning . Pruning initiates growth – so if you prune tender plants now, you may get  new tender growth, especially susceptible.