Protect your landscape while making smarter use of vital natural resources. Sustainable landscaping is good for the environment and can impact the bottom line as well. Here are some landscape best practices that can improve a property and save money. Design your landscape with local climate, soil conditions and water requirements in mind. Create water zones so that plants with similar needs are grouped together and irrigation is more efficient. Reduce fertilizer requirements, improve pest tolerance and reduce green waste... MORE >
What do you call a landscape architect who understands how to design memorable environments that are also constructible and highly functional spaces? The answer is Gregory Ray. Greg recently came to ValleyCrest from the home building industry where he led the landscape program for a major home builder. Prior to earning his degree as a landscape architect, Greg founded a landscape construction company to earn his way through college. With over 30 years of experience, Greg has found his passion in reintroducing an attractive native plant palette in drought prone communities throughout the Southwest and Western regions.
A native to the San Joaquin Valley, Greg learned the value of conserving water at a young age, which has become more important to him over the years as he has watched the valley transform to adopt a form less conducive to runoff capture and more water dependant. Greg is a member of ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects). In his spare time he consults to cities and public agencies on converting public spaces to native plant material, plays soccer with his kids and enjoys the beauty of the great outdoors.