Laural Landscapes, Inc. Frequently Asked Questions

(925) 350-6444

Laural Roaldson is Chief Organic Officer of Laural Landscapes.
Q: Do you use weed block to control weeds?
A: "No. Weed block isn’t a good long-term solution—it starts disintegrating within two years, at which point you have to deal with weeds and the residual plastic. Instead, we recommend sheet mulching once a year, which is a more natural way to curtail weed growth. "
Q: Can you help me select plants that are safe for my kids and/or pets?
A: "Yes, we’ll avoid installing any plants that could be toxic to children or animals if ingested. If you want a certain plant that’s been deemed unsafe, we can help you find a comparable variety that doesn’t pose a risk. "
Q: Can you work with my existing plants?
A: "Absolutely. Working with existing plants is a great way to save money on your landscaping project. If necessary, we can relocate plants to other areas of your yard to fit the new design.  "
Q: How can I keep deer out of my garden?
A: "The two best options are installing a deer fence or applying something to the plants that gives off a terrible odor. Since you’ll have to live with the latter option, we usually recommend installing a permanent or temporary deer fence. "
Q: Can you provide a water-wise alternative to a conventional lawn?
A: "Yes, we can install a ground cover that offers the same aesthetic qualities as a traditional lawn but requires a lot less water.  "
Q: Can you design my garden to attract beneficial animals and insects?
A: "Yes. We can install plants that attract the wildlife you want to have around, such as birds and pollinators like bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.  "