San Diego Landscape Contractor and Maintenance Services

We Provide Your Home With

  • Quality Service
  • Professional Management
  • License / Insurance / Workers Comp
  • Full Service Landscape Contractor
  • Referrals Available

Quality Service

We work hard to provide your property with a trouble free maintenance service. We understand the challenges in this industry and we provide solutions. 100% satisfaction guarantee is our goal. Bonita Valley Landscape can make your property look the way you like it, every time we service your property.

Professional Management

Our experienced and highly motivated management team can assist you in every phase of your landscape service. We have developed a system designed to manage your account using state-of-the -art technology combined with trade experience. We offer customized service plans, fully trained and supervised gardeners, satellite tracking of each one of our crews, computerized routing for quality control, and accurate and consistent billing. Our teams are ready to work hard for you.

License / Insurance / Workers Comp

Bonita Valley Landscape is a licensed contractor with the California State Licensing Board. We have an A+ rating with the BBB and of our employees are covered by workers comp insurance. We also carry a 2 million dollar general liability, automobile, and material insurance policy. We provide this for your protection and ours. If one of our workers where to get hurt on your property, you’re covered. Landscaping and maintenance of your home or business should not be liability. Even if you have insurance yourself, it’s our job to protect you, not your job to protect us.

Full Service Landscape Contractor

We are proud to offer our maintenance clients a wide variety of services. As a C27 Contractor, our package of products and services range from concrete, masonry, BBQ’s, irrigation, drainage, planting, and lots more. This gives you the convenience of a one-stop shop and the confidence you need in our ability to complete your project correctly.

Referrals Available

For over 20 years Bonita Valley Landscape has developed long lasting relationships with its clients. Our clients have been the best source of new business. Knowing our reputation, they have given us the permission to share their names and information to help us grow. We invite you to be on our long list of satisfied clients today.

Benefits of Landscape Lighting

  • Security, with low voltage lighting placed in your landscape will block out any dark areas of your yard.
  • Safety, with lights placed around your walkways and entranceways.
  • Beauty, provides beautiful visual effects.
  • Economy, low level lighting uses about 1/3 of what high voltage lightng system to use.
  • Call us and allow us to show you how a custom designed lighting system can make a difference in your home.

Landscape Lighting

Let everyone see your landscape at night with a new landscape lilghting design by Bonita Valley Landscape.

Bonita Valley Landscape will come up with a lighting plan to bring out the beauty of your landscape at night. Our power supply transformers reduce the household power supply to a safe 12 volt current. Our energy saving system will lower operation costs over the life of your system.

We can provide light to your deck, patio, trees, and walkways.

Home that are illuminated at night appear luxurious and dramatically will increase the value of your property.

Benefits of Landscape Lighting

Irrigation Repair

The most imperative aspect of a landscape is irrigation. Without the proper coverage from your irrigation system, plants and turf grass cannot reach their full potential, Bonita Valley Landscape will design and install your custom irrigation system to ensure proper 100% coverage.

Bonita Valley Landscape will install an irrigation system that will save you money by conserving water, elminating water run off. While providing the proper amount of water to your lawn areas and planter beds, this can save you hundreds of dollars on your water costs.

We use the highest quality commcerial type parts for all our installations. We provide you, our client, a full one-year warranty on all new installation.

Is your irrigation system working at its full potential? If not, you could be wasting your money. Give us a call and our irrigation experts will help you come up with a better system.

Design & Construction

For over twenty years Bonita Valley Landscape has been installing, designing, and maintaining various types of properties. Through our experience, we have realized that not much separates one landscape company from another. What separate us, however is very important: our customer service, experience and dependability.

We take the extra time to care for our clients, to fully answer their questions. We meet directly to plan out your project, to make sure what we propose is exactly what you are looking for in your project. And we make sure that all facets of your unique project are completed on time and in a professional manner.

A landscape design by Bonita Valley Landscape will make your home stand out from all others. Bonita Valley Landscape provides both residential and commercial landscape installations and designs. We give the home owner ideas and let them be part of the design project. We can take any idea and turn it into a landscape that you and your neighbor will enjoy for years.

We invite you to allow us at Bonita Valley Landscape to be part of your next landscape project.

Auditing Your Irrigation System

As the summer heat and drought continue, we are doing what we can to keep our landscapes around our homes and businesses alive.

Temperatures in the high 90s and above take a toll on all plants (except may be cacti), and the tendency is to water to compensate for the heat. In the absence of significant rainfall, we do need to apply water to high-value plants in our landscapes to prevent wilting, stress and possibly death.

However, we also need to make sure we apply that water wisely and efficiently. Applying too little may not meet the needs of the plants. Applying too much is not only wasteful, but may also cause problems with saturated root zones. You may be running your sprinklers just right to apply the proper amounts of water to your lawns and plants. But, do you know how much you are applying? How long should you run the system? Are you getting uniform coverage from your sprinklers so all plants are getting the same amount of water? Do you know how long your irrigation system must run to apply 1 inch of water? The only way to answer these questions is perform an audit of your irrigation system, whether it is a professionally installed system, or a hose-end sprinkler that you drag to various parts of your yard.

An audit will not only help you correct deficiencies in your irrigation system, but also help conserve this most valuable natural resource.

Irrigation audits consist of three main activities: 1) site inspection, 2) performance testing, and 3) irrigation scheduling.

Each activity in itself can result in significant water and cost savings. Together, these activities provide valuable information based on site specific conditions and irrigation system performance.

Site Inspection:

Over time, even the most efficiently designed irrigation system will begin to break down. In the absence of a regular maintenance program, minor operation and performance problems can continue for months resulting in excessive water use, reduced efficiency and decreased plant performance.

Sunken sprinkler heads that do not “pop-up” properly, misaligned spray patterns that throw water onto streets, sidewalks or hardscapes, and broken or missing sprinkler heads resulting from mower damage can result in significant water waste.

Performance problems are often inherent in an irrigation system. A sprinkler system where the heads are spaced too far apart will result in poor water distribution and/or dry spots in the landscape. In order to compensate for this poor uniformity, the system is often set to operate longer, which in turn over-waters most of the landscape.

Insufficient or excessive operating pressure can also lead to water loss through wind drift or poor coverage. Low water pressure is generally caused by insufficient static pressure and/or high pressure losses through valves, meters, piping, too many heads or other components of the irrigation system. Visual indications of low water pressure include large water droplets and short sprinkler throw. High water pressure, on the other hand, indicates an absence of a proper pressure regulation device. High pressure is generally characterized by excessive misting of water that easily evaporates or blown by the wind.

Performance Testing:

Sprinkler application devices, including pop-up spray heads, rotors, micro-sprays and bubblers are designed to operate within specific operating pressures and head spacing. Manufacturer’s specification catalogs rate the performance (mainly flow rate) in gallons per minute and precipitation rate in inches per hour.

Often, the rated performance listed in the catalogs do not accurately represent actual performance.

For example, insufficient or excessive operating pressure and improper head spacing will significantly increase or decrease precipitation rate.

For irrigation scheduling purposes, the most accurate determination of precipitation rate is achieved by conducting a “catch can” test.

Catch can tests measure the amount of water that actually hits the ground at various points within the landscape, and also serves to measure application uniformity.

Since irrigation systems commonly use different types and brands of sprinklers, it is important to conduct catch can tests for each individual zone or “station” on an irrigation system.

Following is the general approach to conducting a catch can test:

  1. Turn on the irrigation system, one zone at a time, to locate and mark sprinkler heads.
  2. Starting with zone 1, layout catch devices only on the part of the landscape covered by zone 1. Catch devices should be placed in a grid-like pattern throughout the zone to achieve an accurate representation of sprinkler performance. Small (5″x8″) plastic containers (typically used for “leftovers”) make excellent catch cans. Try not to place catch devices too close to sprinkler heads to avoid altering spray patterns.
  3. Turn on zone 1, allowing water to fill the catch devices. Keep track of the number of minutes that the zone is allowed to operate.
  4. After a measurable amount of water has fallen, measure the depth of water (in inches) contained in each device using a ruler. (It is recommended that the ruler measure in “tenths” of inches). Record these values on a data sheet. Also record how long (in minutes) the zone was operated.
  5. Repeat steps 1-5 above for each remaining zone on the system.

Using the data from catch can testing, the precipitation rates for each individual zone on the irrigation system can be determined. The simple equation for calculating precipitation rate is given below:

  • Precipitation rate (average catch can depth / test run time) x 60
  • Where: Precipitation rate inches per hour
  • Average catch can depth inches

Irrigation Scheduling:

When water supplies are limited, it becomes even more important that every drop of water is utilized to the fullest. The answer to the question, “when and how long to run the irrigation system,” has been based on assumptions and generalizations about sprinkler system performance and plant water requirements.

An audit can replace many of these assumptions made in irrigation scheduling. With an irrigation audit, it is possible to customize irrigation schedules based upon on catch can results, site-specific soil conditions and plant water requirements. Rather than using the long time recommendation of “fifteen minutes, three times per week”, it is now possible to adjust run times for individual zones based on a measured precipitation rate.

Determining when to irrigate should be based upon the depth of the plant’s root zone and soil-type. Together, root depth and soil type define the amount of water that is available for plant use.

A six-inch clay soil, for example, will hold more water than a six-inch sand. Thus, the number of irrigations per week will be less in clay, though the amount of water the plant needs will remain the same. Root depth also influences irrigation frequency. Shallow rooted turfgrass, for example, will require more frequent irrigations than will a turfgrass with a deeper root zone.

The first step in determining how long to irrigate is to calculate how much water should be applied at each irrigation event. Plant water requirements vary significantly in urban landscapes due to the variety of plant species, maintenance practices and microclimates.

Water requirements also vary with climate trends and rainfall patterns. Turfgrass, which is generally assumed to be the highest water user in the landscape, requires up to 1-inch per week during the summer with less in the spring and fall.

Because of limited water storage capacity in the plant’s root zone, two or three irrigations per week may be required. Once it is determined how much water (in inches) is needed at each irrigation, the conversion to zone run time is simple. The following equation is used to determine zone run times:

  • Run Time Per Irrigation (Targeted irrigation depth / Zone precipitation rate) x 60
  • Where: Run Time Per Irrigation minutes
  • Targeted irrigation depth inches
  • Zone precipitation rate inches per hourWater conservation involves numerous Earth Kind principals and practices.

However, an irrigation system audit is the most effective tool available for reducing water consumption and creating a sustainable landscape environment.

Sustainable Landscaping

Bonita Valley Landscape is conscious of the natural environment in every aspect of our business. The decisions we make each day as a business can help sustain our fragile environment. We take this responsibility very seriously and work diligently to create exceptional, sustainable environments that support the health and welfare of our natural resources while providing an outdoor living environment that reflects our client’s tastes and personality.

Sustainable Landscaping Includes:

  • Green Roofs
  • Rain Gardens
  • Native Waterscapes
  • Erosion Control
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Waste Water Management
  • Permeable Paving Surfaces
  • Efficient Irrigation
  • Native & Drought Tolerant Plant Species
  • Use of Recycled Materials
  • Sustainable Outdoor Furnishings

How To Better Utilize The Lawn Aerator

Core aerator

Lawn aerators are great tools to use on your lawn so as to keep it healthy and beautiful. What is involved in aerating a lawn? When you aerate your lawn, you basically make holes in the ground. This is so as to make sure that the soil doesn’t become so compacted that essential light and water may not reach the roots of grass and plants.

When using lawn aerators there are numerous factors to take into account so as to ensure that you get the most gains from aerating. The optimal time to utilize lawn aerators is any time that the ground isn’t frozen. You may need to aerate your lawn at various times of the year depending upon the sort of grass that you have and the type of soil that you have. If your soil tends to be sandy then you should use lawn aerators about once per year. This is because sandy soil doesn’t become compacted very without difficulty. If you have soil that as a heavy clay composition then you will require to aerate the soil more constantly. Lawns with warm season grasses should be aerated in early spring. This is when the grass is coming out of dormancy and when the root systems will be at the peak of their active growing phase. Cool season grasses can benefit the most from lawn aerators during early fall.

It is also necessary to fathom when you shouldn’t utilize lawn aerators. Anytime the ground is frozen you should not aerate. Besides, you shouldn’t aerate your lawn when the weather is hot and dry because the lawn wouldn’t have an chance to recover.

Additionally, its not a good idea to utilize lawn aerators if you have serious-minded weed problems in your lawn. Make certain that you have resolved the weed difficulties before you attempt aerating. The reason for this is that when you puncture holes in the lawn, it’ll just cause the weed problems to escalate. It is far good to get rid of the weeds first and then take care of aerating.

When shopping for lawn aerators, you should make a point to select an aerator that will puncture the soil at least to a depth of three inches. A punch core aerator is considered by many to be the optimal sort of aerator. Not only does this sort of aerator puncture the soil but it essentially draws out a core from the soil.