Ella and Milt Lau Residence

Front yard looking toward a bubbling urn and a teak bench.

Front yard looking toward a bubbling urn and a teak bench.

Side yard with flagstone step stones through a meadow of Berkley Sedge and Purple Top Verbena. Design by Good Living Gardens.

Side yard with flagstone step stones through a meadow of Berkley Sedge and Purple Top Verbena. Design by Good Living Gardens.

Posted on August 11, 2017 .

Butterfly Magnet

Perennial garden front yard in West Los Angeles. Look closely and you can see a Monarch butterfly coming in for a landing on the milk weed, right at the front door

Posted on August 11, 2017 .

Sustainable Front Yard in N. Hollywood

 This is a cool landscape that does not increase global warming, all low water use California native plants except for the existing Crepe Myrtle tree that blends well. "Forest floor" wood chip mulch does not reflect heat like gravel, and serves as a blanket to cover the super efficient Netafim drip irrigation system. Pathways are permeable decomposed granite, machine compacted without chemicals. Plant list includes Salvias, Eriogoniums, Ceanothus, Penstemon,  Asclepias and others to attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

Posted on November 17, 2016 .

Lawn Replacement in West Hills, CA

Now that LADWP is offering a $3.75/sq ft rebate for residents to replace their lawns, everyone seems to be getting in on the action.  Here is a recent lawn replacement that KRM designed and installed in West Hills, CA.   Landscapes like this one require very little maintenance and water.

Front walkway with Palm Springs gold gravel, Malibu boulders, and California native plants

Front walkway with Palm Springs gold gravel, Malibu boulders, and California native plants

Cozy front yard seating area

Cozy front yard seating area

Posted on May 8, 2015 .

Burbank front walkway

Kuser residence, a Bouquet Canyon Flagstone walk with living joints of Dymondia and Thyme. The front "lawn" area is planted with Carex panza (California Meadow Grass).

Posted on May 29, 2014 .

We use organic fertilizers

We don't use chemical fertilizers because they contain "salts" that disturbs the soil ecosystem. The soil ecosystem is a living community of organisms in and above the soil. The organic matter in the soil supports bacteria, fungi and mycorrhizae which are used by large organisms like protozoa, nematodes, earthworms and arthropods. The cycle is completed by birds and other animals that eat the "bugs" and add more organic material to the soil.

We have been using GrowBetter  organic fertilizer supplied to us from Jongs, a chicken farmer in Riverside, California. (yes its chicken poop). Read more about the Soil Food Web at www.jongs.com

Posted on May 29, 2014 .