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Landscape Design Services

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Elevate your outdoor living space with a beautifully designed landscape that is aesthetically pleasing, elegant, functional and showcases the sunny climate of San Diego. Our talented and professional team will work with you to make your dream of the perfect upscale outdoor space a reality. Working with the contours of your land and implementing sustainable and water-wise plants, our team of artistic landscape designers and builders will transform your yard and seamlessly blend it with your home’s appearance.

Landscape Design for the Local San Diego Climate

Owner Jeff Smith is a San Diego native and lifelong resident with over 40 years of landscape design and installation experience. With a background in horticulture and having worked in San Diego his entire career, he is extremely very familiar with the many microclimates in San Diego County, as well as the various soil types that run through each city. This on-the-ground experience makes our company specially equipped to pinpoint which plant options will thrive in your yard. Our team visits local nurseries weekly, keeping abreast of new varieties and plant trends, and we are highly experienced in the installation of low maintenance and drought-tolerant plants.   

Personalized Service

The design and installation team at Landscape Assistance are professionals who take the utmost pride in every phase of the landscape process. Owner Jeff Smith is involved in every step of the process and personally oversees each job site, visiting the site and checking on the crew continually throughout the course of the job. He stays in contact with the homeowner to provide timely updates about the progress of the job. We make sure our clients never have to worry about overseeing small details of the job.  

Our crews are diligent about ensuring the worksite is always clean and safe. We provide personalized service for each project, and once we begin a job, we have a crew dedicated to that particular job site. We work Monday through Friday, weather permitting until the job is complete. There is no stopping/restarting of work. We provide a construction/payment schedule upon the start of work, and request payments as the work is completed/materials are delivered, with no large upfront deposit. This is to ensure the client is satisfied with the progression of work and is aware of what is being done on any given day. As a result, the homeowner is able to enjoy and use their newly landscaped outdoor space in a timely manner.

Landscaping Design and Installation

Plant Selection

Choosing the perfect plants for your outdoor space is made easy with our on staff horticulturalists. After we collaborate with the homeowner, our team will purchase and install the plants that will beautify your outdoor living space.

Waterwise Designs

The climate of San Diego is considered to be semi-arid or arid-Mediterranean, with most areas receiving less than 10 inches of rain annually. Our team is highly experienced in choosing low-maintenance and drought-tolerant plants that will add color and visual interest to the yard.

Irrigation Systems

Landscaping requires the installation of complex irrigation systems. From designing the layout to ensuring that each plant receives the proper amount of water for its needs, our skilled team installs all phases of your irrigation system.

Large Trees & Plant Specimens

Trees, shrubs, and palms add a sense of grandeur to your yard. Careful selection and placement of these large plants will lend your home a stately appearance.

Fire-Safe Brush Management

Many of the native plants that surround San Diego, from Oceanside to Poway, have compounds that burn easily. Keeping your home free from any hazardous brush is essential to keeping your family safe. We will remove dangerous debris around your home to create a defensible space.

Outdoor Lighting Systems

Outdoor lighting is an essential element for your exterior space. Not only will the lights keep you safe at night, but strategically placed lighting can showcase the beauty of your yard. Enhance your water feature with soft lighting, illuminate your natural-looking pathway or light the way up your stairs. We will install all aspects of the lighting systems to make your yard stand out.

Hardscape Design and Installation

Hardscape design is as important as softscape. Adding features such as walkways, fountains, stairs and elegant arbors can greatly enhance the beauty of your outdoor space.

BBQ Islands, Outdoor Kitchens, and Fire Pits

With North San Diego’s mild climate, it is easy to entertain guests outside year-round. We can design and build your dream outdoor kitchen to make entertaining a breeze.
Barbecuing is a fun way to cook for your guests. We can create the perfect BBQ island that is easy and convenient to use. At the end of the evening, enjoy sitting around one of our custom fire pits to keep the chill away.

Patios, Walkways, Outdoor Stairs, and Driveways

Patios extend your living space outside and are perfect for entertaining or relaxing. Patios can be built using a variety of natural or manmade materials.
Stairs made of natural stone are perfect for transitioning to various levels in your yard, while walkways and pathways are a beautiful way to meander through the gardens or to the reflecting pond.

Patio Covers, Gates, Fencing, and Arbors

Beautiful fences create borders around your home and yard. Our team can design and build fencing that contours to your land. Gates provide privacy and security and can be installed where they are needed.
Custom-built arbors add a special ambiance to any part of the yard and can easily be integrated with existing or planned landscaping. To shelter you and your guests from the elements, we can add a custom patio cover to your existing patio.

Fountains, Waterfalls, and Ponds

Water features add a special touch to any outdoor space. Flowing water helps to calm the mind and relax the body. Fountains and waterfalls create a natural sound that can enhance any area of your yard, while ponds are perfect to add to a meditation garden.

Retailer Wall Designs

Adding stones and boulders strategically around the yard can complement your outdoor living space. Stones and boulders can be placed to create a natural look or even to add a bit of whimsy to your yard.

Concrete, Pavers, Brick, Masonry, and Stucco

Using natural materials for your hardscape projects creates a beautiful feel to your yard and outdoor space. Our team is specially trained in using these materials.

Whether clients have a design in hand or are looking for advice and ideas, Jeff Smith can provide assistance. His decades of experience in San Diego County and eye for design allows him to combine the homeowners’ wishes with the requirements of the outdoor space – whether it calls for a patio roof, retaining wall or water-saving plant material – and create a landscape that will be attractive, functional and stand the test of time. Jeff’s expertise is backed up by a talented and experienced installation crew that is also able to perform demolition and site preparation, and complete a variety of softscape and hardscape installations.

As a lifelong resident of San Diego with a horticultural background, Jeff is able to identify which plant material will thrive in particular microclimates. Jeff is also experienced in making water-wise plant selections that will add color and visual interest to landscapes without driving up the water bill.

One of Jeff’s many design specialties is converting tropical, high water-consuming landscapes to low maintenance, drought tolerant Mediterranean landscape designs. For example, we have completed landscape renovations in tract-sized yards in $15,000 to $18,000 price range, creating a low-maintenance, water-friendly design, resulting in a decreased water bill and zero exterior work for the homeowner.

All of us at Landscape Assistance are proud to be North San Diego’s premier landscape company. Our mission is to deliver high-quality landscaping services and to build long-term, lasting relationships with all of our clients.

Our team proudly services the San Diego North County areas.

We focus on large-scale projects, along with smaller, fill-in installations, primarily in the San Diego North County area. We’ve completed landscapes in Bonsall, Cardiff, Carlsbad, Carmel Mountain, Del Mar, Escondido, Encinitas, Fallbrook, Leucadia, Mira Mesa, Oceanside, Olivenhain, Poway, Ramona, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Penasquitos, San Luis Rey, San Marcos, Scripps Ranch, Temecula, Vista, and other areas in San Diego North County.