Water Cost Blues



Until now, water has been fairly abundant and reasonably priced, but as the demand increases, especially in heavily populated areas (OAHU), cheap water will become a thing of the past.


  • Use the manual option to turn on your irrigation controller and then check for leaks and other water-wasting problems.
  • Talk with landscape professionals who are familiar with water-efficient irrigation technology and practices.
  • Check all outdoor hoses, connectors, and spigots regularly for leaks.
  • Turn off your automatic watering systems when it rains or install a rain sensor to do this automatically.
  • Plan, design and install an efficient irrigation system – and adjust your watering schedule at least four times a year.
  • Make sure your controller lets you run stations on different schedules; some drought tolerant adapted plants need to be watered only once or twice a month!

Watering Plants

  • Water small plants to a depth of 1 foot, larger shrubs to 2 feet, and trees to 3 feet. Use a soil probe or a very long screwdriver to test how deep the water has sunk in.
  • Water deeply and less frequently to encourage deep, strong root systems that can tolerate longer periods between watering.
  • Collect water from your roof by installing gutters and downspouts, and keep them free of debris.
  • Consider a “smart” controller that monitors local weather conditions and automatically adjusts when to irrigate your landscape – no humans required.


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  • Water your lawn early morning to keep evaporation at a minimum.
  • Adjust sprinkler heads so they don’t spray walls, driveways or sidewalks.
  • Adjust your mower so that grass isn’t cut too short; longer grass uses less water.
  • Spray your lawns with only as much water as the ground can absorb; areas with hard compacted soils may need to be watered in increments.
  • Don’t use a sprinkler meant to water a 15-foot area when an 8-foot sprinkler will do.
  • Calculate your family’s water use by checking your water meter or using your water bill to determine how many gallons are being used.
  • Set a goal to reduce your family’s indoor and outdoor water use – a good target is to use less than 100 gallons per person per day.
  • Lead in practicing a water-wise lifestyle and your friends and family are likely to be influenced to do the same.
  • Reduce showering time to save both water and energy. A 10-minute shower uses approximately 50 gallons of hot water. Shoot for a five-minute shower.
  • Wash full loads of clothes and use more cold water to save both water and energy. Heating water uses a large amount of energy.
  • Water and energy are interconnected: It takes energy to transport and treat water, so by conserving water you are also conserving energy! Water is used to generate electricity, so by conserving energy you are also conserving water!

Many of us lead busy lives and would like to accomplish all of these things above. If you would like to consider a water audit of your existing systems please do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with us.




Landscape Lighting Honolulu

Personal Touch Landscape, a Honolulu Hawaii based landscape lighting design and installation specialist, works with homeowners to transform the exterior of their homes and gardens into a showplace after dark.

Landscape lighting improves the overall value of your home by increasing its curb appeal, safety and its security. Landscape lighting beautifies and adds a touch of romance to your property, adds a high degree of security by lighting the shadowy areas where potential danger can lurk. Landscape lighting can add to your personal safety by outlining the path and steps to your front door.

No matter what your desired style may be, we will work with you to design, install, and maintain the look that you have envisioned for your home. You will find our approach to be efficient, accommodating, and of the best quality standard. Yes, a job that not only goes beyond your visual expectations, but workmanship that will withstand the test of time.

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Small Lanai In Honolulu

Small Lanai In Honolulu

Small garden landscapes in the Honolulu area, are incredibly detail-oriented. Whether the garden is gracing a condominium, a tiny lanai, or a rooftop in the Honolulu City Landscape, there is no room for sloppy design or incompleteness. That’s because what is neglected will invariably become an eyesore. Despite their diminutive size, small gardens can also have plant colors as varied as a larger garden. Small gardenscapes can range from specialized cottage-style designs to modern, upscale looks. To accommodate the limitations in space in a small garden, landscaping designers will often use smaller plant species, dwarf specimens and other adapted materials.

Curb Appeal

Instant Color
Ti Plant
Bright Contrast
Ti Plant


IMG_1167Outdoor areas are often the last to receive design attention, but they shouldn’t be: What surrounds your home is just as important as what’s in it. Whether it’s a manicured front lawn, stone paver pathway or intricate garden design, these spaces benefit from the same attention to detail as any bathroom or kitchen. Well-designed landscaping ideas can complement your home’s architecture and design, and the right plants, flowers and shrubbery can greatly enhance your curb appeal by adding color, texture and even fragrance to your yard.

Landscape Materials Buying Tips

Landscaping at Sunset Beach Home
Landscaping at Sunset Beach Home
Sunset Beach
Sunset Beach
All DoneSome Tips on Buying Landscape Materials Buying sand, soil, rocks, mulch, and other loose landscaping materials, can be hard to estimate how much you’ll need for a project. Materials may be sold by volume (cubic feet or cubic yards) or by weight (tons). A ton (2,000 pounds) of anything may seem like a lot, but if it’s a dense, compact material, such as sand or soil, a ton might not cover as much as you think — particularly if you are spreading it to a depth of a few inches. Keep in mind that a ton of dirt, sand, or gravel will fill up less than a cubic yard (27 cubic feet; a space 3 feet long, 3 feet wide, and 3 feet deep). Here are some other helpful guidelines:  A cubic yard of soil, compost, or mulch fills about this much space: 320 square feet to a depth of 1 inch; 160 square feet to a depth of 2 inches: 110 square feet to a depth of 3 inches; 80 square feet to a depth of 4 inches.  A cubic yard of soil weighs more than 2,000 pounds; a cub yard of sand or gravel weights nearly 3,000 pounds.  A ton of 1/4- to 3/4-inch-diameter decorative rock spread 2 inches deep will cover 110 to 120 square feet.  A ton of sand or pea gravel spread 2 inches deep will cover 100 to 120 square feet.  Most full-size pickups hold 2 to 3 cubic yards of dirt, sand, gravel, or mulch; however, maximum weight capacity may limit you to carrying less. A single-axle dump truck holds 5 to 7 cubic yards of loose-fill material. Larger trucks may hold more than 10 cubic yards.

Color For Your Garden #CROTON


Color For Your Garden #CROTON

   Yes there here are hundreds and hundreds of croton varieties, with names like Dreadlocks, Norma, Mona Lisa, and Irene Kingsley. For a plant with this incredible diversity, it’s amazing there is only species (C. variegatum). However, crotons are genetically unstable, so each plant is unique, and interesting varieties are highly prized by enthusiastic collectors. Crotons are often subdivided by their leaf type: curling, twisted, oak leaf, narrow, broad, oval, etc.

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Landscaping in Unique Spaces

The popularity of vegetable gardens has increased tenfold in the last few years, as more homeowners embrace the advantages of planting their own vegetables and herbs, whether it’s to grow food organically, save a little money, or engage in an interesting and rewarding pastime.

A vegetable garden can be grown in your backyard, front yard or even on a balcony or little-used side yard, as long as there is plenty of sun exposure. There are many design and layout options for a vegetable garden. You may want to opt for raised beds so you can better control the quality of the soil. Or you may want to go with a beautiful kitchen garden that is as much a focal point as a place to grow edibles. Finally, if you are short on space, you may even consider growing vegetables in containers. With a little bit of thoughtful planning, vegetable gardens can be as beautiful as any flower garden. And with a lit bit of effort, you can maximize your garden’s productivity and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Before a useless side walk way. Image

After, Citrus Trees and Herbs as ground cover.

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