Steve Jacobs Featured at the Rancho Santa Fe Review: Investing in Your Second Largest Asset – Landscaping
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Aside from your home, your landscape is typically the second largest personal asset you own. It’s an asset that can add tens of thousands of dollars of value to your home. Landscaping not only adds value immediately; it continues adding value for years to come because while other home renovations, such as kitchen and bathroom upgrades, eventually go out of style, plants and tree continue to grow and become more lush and valuable year after year.
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Although it can be hard to tell here in San Diego, with our blue skies and t-shirt weather, it is winter. Most of us associate winter with the holidays, family time, and curling up by the fire, not with spending time in our gardens. That’s what spring and summer are for, right? Well, not necessarily. There are definitely things to do in the garden this time of the year. One is to prepare your garden for the freezing temperatures that have been forecasted to occur in a few weeks’ time. Also, there are steps you can take in winter to maintain the overall health of your garden.
Steve Jacobs Featured at the Rancho Santa Fe Review: How to Build a Sustainable Estate Landscape System
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Hans Christian Andersen wrote, “Just living is not enough … one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.” With our hectic schedules, most of our sunshine, freedom and flower appreciation takes place not in the great outdoors, but in the comfort of our own backyards. Because this commune with nature is so essential to our peace of mind, many of us have landscaped, or plan to landscape, our homes to create a beautiful outdoor experience. It’s important, however, to make sure our landscapes are not only beautiful but sustainable. Non-sustainable landscaping systems deplete the earth and waste precious resources.
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Nature Designs was proudly accepted as a vendor member of the Domestic Estate Managers Association this year. DEMA is a national organization of private service providers for estate properties. DEMA’s San Diego Chapter President Sara Recer, a private Estate Manager and client, recommended that Nature Designs join this elite group of service professionals. The San Diego Chapter was launched in early 2013 and owner Steve Jacobs believed this was a perfect fit for our landscape estate services.
DEMA standards for vendor members include drug, alcohol and smoke-free policies, background investigations, safety policies and continuing training programs, and non-disclosure agreements regarding the organization and member information. All members are licensed, bonded and insured.
Monthly meetings are centered around networking and education, with a focus on highlighting local resources. Vendor members span in range from chauffeurs, helicopter and private air services, chefs, nannies, art and jewelry restoration, interior upholstery cleaning services, house painters and auto detailing, to window cleaning services; typically known as white-glove services providers.
This organization provides an avenue for Estate Managers to network with each other and to find qualified and background investigated professionals who qualify to work at an estate level.
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- Nature Designs Landscaping transformed an Escondido acre of land