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Just Listed - Inviting 3 Bed/2 Bath S. Novato Condo - Offered at $529,000

This lovingly maintained, spacious condo is move-in ready!  Located in desirable Southern Novato in a serene sylvan setting, among beautiful giant Oaks and Bay trees in the desirable Ignacio Creek complex!  Spacious living room/dining room combination has lofty cathedral ceilings and opens to a lovely, shaded patio for relaxing at the end of a busy day.  There's a cozy fireplace in the living room for those cool winter evenings in front of the TV.  There's plenty of room for a breakfast table in the sweet kitchen.  A bed room and full bath (with washer and dryer), complete the downstairs at 23 Arrowhead Lane in Novato. 

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A skylight above the stairs brings in...

Dear Deer No!

How clever was I?I had this great idea to use a series of fences to allow the deer onto our property to clean up fruit fall, and lock them out when their services were not required.We would live happily together.Ha!Having purchased nearly an acre, with visions of a petite urban farm, my ignorance was only superseded by my naiveté.The deer, it seems, were here first and possess a solid determination to continue to both breed and graze on my little slice of earth.

When it comes to deer and gardens, I have learned, war is not too strong of language.Many of you who have gone to great lengths to nurture tender tendrils of sweet peas, or finally...

When Green is not Green, OR-- The Question of Artifical Turf

When one of our dear friends proudly displayed his new, permanently manicured lawn to us some years back, my intuition immediately kicked in saying, this doesn’t feel right…Here was a yard where two dogs handled their daily duties, and a slew of kids played regularly.I wondered, how does it get clean?He explained to us that he sprays it down (waters it…?) to clean off the poop.But no mowing required, and far less water required to keep it clean than to grow it.

Well, they are trend-setters and, as usual were well ahead of their time.In the last year or two, however, I am noticing more artificial lawns being installed and felt the need to investigate the...

Winter Lawn Prep: 4 easy tips

Winter Lawn Prep: 4 easy tips

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Did you know that doing a few things at the beginning of winter can give great results for your lawn next spring? Your lawn will continue to grow roots even during the dormant season so take a little time now to reap future benefits.

1.       Utilize a mower deck system that mulches leaves and blows them back onto the lawn.

2.       Aerate the lawn especially if it has received heavy traffic and has become compacted.

3.       Utilize a vertical cutting machine for dethatching scores about ¼" to ½" and then reseed.

4.       Don't forget to fertilize and water after...

Marin Landscape Design Ideas

Marin Landscape Design Ideas

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As I am sitting here writing this blog, the contractors are jack hammering my concrete patio in the backyard - so it's a little hard to concentrate at the moment, but perfect time to write about my current dilemma. What to do with the backyard?

The backyard is HUGE and it has so much potential.  There is enough space for a pool, lawn, deck and even a bocce ball court.   Backyards are a huge part of California year round living and the way I end up designing this backyard can make or break my budget.  So I am going to have to consider a few things. How will we be using the yard?  How much maintenance do we want?  And what is our budget?

To get started, I am going to start gathering some ideas online. ...

Heroes of Modern Landscape Design: Roberto Burle Marx

Robert Burle Marx holds a special place in the development of modernism in the field of landscape architecture. Often times in books - and in my professor's history courses - he was set apart from others of the same period. In Elizabeth Rogers' book, Landscape Design, she gives him his own sub-chapter: Roberto Burle Marx and the Garden as Abstract Art.

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    "Roberto Burle Marx in Brazil combined the International Style and native Brazilian plants and culture for a new aesthetic. "

That sums it up nicely - a new aesthetic. He was - and still is - so unique, that he stands out as a iconic master in the profession. His works are iconic also, especially the famed Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro.

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