Archive for the ‘Landscaping’ Category

This property had over 4000 square feet of grass. That took a lot of water to keep green and a lot of time to mow and keep it looking good. The homeowner was able to take advantage of the cash for grass rebate program and receive a $4k rebate. The rebate available for LADWP customers is now up to $3.75 per square foot for the first 1500 square feet of grass replaced with drought tolerant plants.

We can assist you with the rebate and permitting process and convert your yard or business to a drought tolerant garden. A native garden also requires much less maintenance saving you time and money.

We removed all grass and irrigation valves and lines. Drip irrigation was installed along with California Native plants. These plants once established require very little water. The garden has many different colors and wonderful scents.

This project also included real stone veneer on the house and columns, new wrought iron and vinyl fencing, two gates, second driveway, RV parking area, retaining walls, new water line sub meter and the installation of two decomposed granite paths.IMG_1100 IMG_1102 IMG_1956 IMG_1957IMG_1955

Glendale Sports Complex Trails Opening June, 1 2013

Project summary: Construction of two new trail at the Glendale Sports Complex

Project location: Glendale Sports Complex 2200 Fern Lane Glendale, CA

Client: City of Glendale

Project Completion Date: April 2013

Project Details: This project is over five years in the making. I was involved with the City of Glendale’s Trails Master Plan that began over five years ago. It was at that time the idea of these two trails was first discussed. It was very exciting to finally break ground in early December 2012.

The Catalina Verdugo Trail was funded through a grant from Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich 2009 Competitive Trails Grant Program and is administered through the Los Angeles County Regional Parks and Open Space District.

View of the North Segment of the Catalina Verdugo Trail from the Ridge Motorway.

The Trail loops around the hills just above the Sports Complex. The City of Glendale has many steep difficult trails such as the trails at Brand and Duekmejian Parks for example. City officials wanted the Catalina Verdugo Trail to be an easier trail to provide a enjoyable experience for all levels of trail users.

With the steep sideslopes and difficult geology the Catalina Verdugo Trail proved to be a challenge to build.

There are three rest/view areas with benches along the trail and two of these sites will have interpretive panels in the near future.

The trail is 2 miles in length. The North trailhead is near the maintenance building and the South trailhead is behind the soccer fields.

The trail connects to an Edison dirt service road and from there it is a short steep climb to the Ridge Motorway and less than a mile to Cherry Canyon.

Mountain Do Trail

The Mountain Do Trail runs behind the soccer fields. This is a wheelchair accessible path. It has a stabilized decomposed granite surface. There are tables, benches and outdoor exercise equipment. Interpretive panels will be added in the very near future.

The Mountain Do Trail was funded by a grant from the Federal Recreational Trails Program.

A grand opening celebration is scheduled for National Trails Day on June 1st.

Click here to view more photos of this project

Project summary: Installed crushed rock along The West Bernardo Bike Path to prevent erosion.

Project location: Next to Lake Hodges near Escondido

Client: San Diegito River Park Joint Powers Authority

Project Completion Date: May 9, 2011

Project Details: The soil along both sides of the West Bernardo Bike Path had eroded from the recent rains. We excavated the soil along the path and exported it to a nearby dirt parking lot where it was spread and graded into the lot. Crushed rock was then imported and spread along the sides of the path. The crushed rock was then compacted.

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Bellfree Contractors recently completed a project for the MRCA that included native plant landscaping along the entrance to the Ballona Creek Bike Path at the Duquesne entrance and a new foot path through Culver City Park.  This project provides connectivity from the Ballona Creek Bike Path through Culver City Park and into the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook Park.

Details and photos of the project can be viewed at: Ballona Creek to Parks Improvement Project