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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

Crafton Hills College

Posted: January 19, 2015 by Hans in Hiking Trails, Trail building, Walking Paths

Project summary: Trail Design and Construction

Project location: Crafton Hills College, Yucaipa, CA

Client: Crafton Hills College

Project Completion Date: May 2014

Project Details: Designed and constructed a trail from a parking lot to provide easy access to the buildings above the lot. The project included Timber steps and Lodgepole Fencing.




More Photos of this project here

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.

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Trail kick off party

We have spent the summer constructing the Demonstration Trail located in Grant Park just above the Ventura City Hall. Grant Park is home to the future Ventura Botanical Gardens. The Demonstration Trail is the first installation at the Gardens. The trail is just over a mile long. The upper segment of the trail between the barbecue area and Summit Road is wheelchair accessible. The section below Summit Road and the main view point is a natural surface trail. The lower section between the main viewpoint and the upper city hall parking lot is also wheelchair accessible.

With cool temperatures almost every day, ocean breezes and incredible views we feel very fortunate to have spent the hottest months of the year in Ventura!

This trail proved to be a challenge to build. We have worked in some very rocky terrain in the past however, we have never seen so many cobblestones as we have here. The cobblestones would get stuck in the tracks of our machines and pop the tracks right off of the sprockets!

During the trail design phase of this project we discovered terraces from a forgotten agriculture era.

Old Cobblestone walls

Many of the terraces had rock walls built from the abundantly available cobblestones. Though it took extra time and effort to align and build the trail along these old terraced areas while not damaging the old walls we felt it was important to do so. Several of these old rock walls can be seen along the lower section of the trail. Who built these walls and when is still a mystery.

Completed upper trail segment

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Click here to see a story in the Ventura County Star news about this project

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