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Articles Written By: Matthew Doerr

Rosas Residence Chula Vista California


I recently went to see one of my old clients to update my website and was very pleased with the way the property looked after 5 years. Most of the plants have matured a lot some were not maintained as well as I would  have liked . I stress to my clients that a good maintenance gardener is a true investment in how their properties will look long term.


The scope of work on this project was large.

I removed then reinstalled the flagstone that was originally installed in the existing soil, there were many drainage problems so the flagstone was set in cement and a full drainage system was installed .

Walls were added to help with the drainage and to add multi dimensions to the yard . The walls are just simple 8″ concrete block covered in the same flagstone we used on the whole project . The flagstone was actually cut one piece at a time and glued onto the walls , today I would have purchased a ledge stone product the is glued on in sheets .

I designed 2 seperate patios  one was expanding the existing patio installed by  the original home owner the was just simple gray concrete  . flagstone was set in motor on the old cement and sections of new concrete were added to create a new organic shape.

The Front yard had a major makeover as well . The landscaping was boring , and the hardscape was just the simple stuff added by the builder .

The front patio was expanded and the railing was removed to create a much larger space all of the square edges were rounded off . the 3 foot walkway from the driveway was removed and a set of steps were added as well as a retaining wall .A few of the existing Sago palms were grouped together and are now huge . Queen palms were added for height as well as layers of color.