New Product Offered | Landscape Maintenance Reference Guide

At CJM::LA, we value the long term success of our clients’ properties and the outdoor spaces we design.  With proper care and knowledge of best practices, gardeners and maintenance teams can help protect the investments our clients make in their outdoor environments.  This long-term approach will not only help maintain the market value, but also the aesthetic and cultural value of our clients’ designed landscapes.

In order to ensure our clients’ maintenance teams have the guidance necessary to properly cultivate these outdoor spaces, we are now offering Landscape Maintenance Reference Guides as a product available to both commercial and residential clients.  Serving as an educational tool to direct and facilitate the ongoing maintenance of our designed landscapes, these guides are tailored to each specific project or property and include a description of the landscape design objectives and maintenance goals; identification of relevant project requirements; and guidelines for plant and hardscape material replacements, weed and pest management, pruning, soils testing and fertilization, irrigation scheduling and system repair, water features, etc.

We are constantly exploring ways to better service our clients’ needs and are excited to offer this new tool to help maintain the integrity of our work and protect the value of our clients’ properties!

Landscape Maintenance Reference Guide, Unity of Santa Barbara

Landscape Maintenance Reference Guide, Unity of Santa Barbara


WLAM | Landscape Architecture Myth Busting – Part 1

We encounter the work of landscape architects every day, although that work is often overlooked and experienced only in passing. Landscapes are the natural setting, the backdrop of our lives. However, the truth is that our cities and neighborhoods are carefully and deliberately constructed. Landscape architecture is the practice of fusing the natural, built and social environments to create a more engaging and dynamic world.

CJM::LA is excited to share the breadth of our profession by addressing some common misconceptions about landscape architecture in a two-part post.

Myth #1. Landscape architects design gardens and backyards

FALSE: We design all types of living spaces, not just your backyard!

This video by the ASLA shows how public parks can revitalize under-served communities. At CJM::LA, we provide a wide-range of design services for a variety of clients. A sampling of this diversity includes the following project types (as shown below): public park, hospitality, native creek restoration and non-profit.

Santa Barbara locals exercise at the oceanfront Cabrillo Ball Park

drought tolerant plantings frame lounge seating at The Everly hotel in West Hollywood, CA

raised planters create intimate spaces on the rooftop deck at The Everly hotel in West Hollywood, CA

entry plantings welcome you the Inn at the Pier in Pismo, CA

board-form concrete planters at Inn at the Pier in Pismo, CA

native creek restoration plan for Los Olivos, CA

permeable concrete pavers under construction at Unity of Santa Barbara

 

 

 

 

Myth #2. Landscape architecture = “decorative planting”

FALSE:  Landscape architecture is also essential infrastructure

Every project we design at CJM::LA is beautiful and functional. Landscape architects contribute to the essential infrastructure of our cities and communities through design and construction of storm water management systems. We improve air quality and reduce energy use when we plant trees. We support healthier living and reduce vehicle emissions by providing recreation opportunities, bike racks and designing safer streets.

The following images demonstrate how CJM::LA has incorporated some of these essential infrastructure elements: bioretention and filtration basins, exercise equipment, bike racks and plans for future shared, multi-modal streets.

“Filterra” proprietary biofiltration planters by Contech, with native Juncus patens

Direct Relief bioretention basin after a rain event: roof run-off captured and treated! 

we design spaces for people to get out, breathe, and decompress

we improve air quality with the addition of carbon-sequestering trees and plants

we support alternative modes of transportation: the ”Twist” bike rack from Forms + Surfaces

preliminary landscape plan with a shared street, proposed in Goleta, CA

preliminary landscape plan and shared street for a residential development in Ventura, CA