Landscape Design in Costa Mesa, CA

Costa Mesa is known as The City of the Arts and is home to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, South Coast Repertory Theater, Costa Mesa Playhouse, and a dedicated Arts Commission that promotes and advocates for arts and culture programs and events throughout the city. It is also home to the Orange County Museum of Art and an array of public art projects. Aside from arts and culture, there is also dedication to outdoor recreation, including parks, a skate park, the Costa Mesa Tennis Center, Costa Mesa Country Club, and the Santa Ana River Trail.

With so much to do in and around Costa Mesa, it makes sense that homeowners here generally have busy schedules and an active lifestyle. This means that they have little time for yard maintenance but need outdoor living spaces that can easily be made ready for entertaining or just spending time in their backyard after a long week.

Here at Install-It-Direct, we specialize in low-maintenance landscape design and installation that includes projects of all sizes. Whether you are in need of a simple paving stone walkway, an artificial grass lawn, an outdoor kitchen, or outdoor lighting for the finishing touch on your outdoor living areas, we are here to help.

What Locations Does Install-It-Direct Serve?

Install-It-Direct provides landscape design and installation services in all parts of Costa Mesa, including Mesa Verde, West Side, East Side, Central, and South Coast Metro, which are made up of dozens of neighborhoods, including Alta Mesa, Bary Harber, Bay Point, Brighton Springs, Cambridge, Canyon Walk, Carriage Estates, Cedar Glen, Country Club, Del Cerro, Elden Shadows, Enclave, Fairview Village, Glenverde, Greystone, Halecrest, Harbor Estates, Laurelwood Estates, Meadow Park, Mesa Bluffs, Mesa North, Mesa Verde, Mesa Woods, Newport Riviera, Oceanview Terrace, Pacific Bluffs, Pacific Crest, Pacific Woods, River Rock, Sea Ridge, Sunset Bluffs, and Sycamore Glen.

We also serve all of San Diego County and Orange County, including Mission Viejo, Santa Ana, Irvine, Huntington Beach, Laguna Niguel, Coto de Caza, Newport Beach, Santa Margarita, San Clemente, Laguna Hills, Alisa Viejo, Lake Forest, Laguna Beach, Dana Point, and Corona Del Mar.

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Some handy homeowners can take on simple to moderate backyard remodels or upgrades that enhance curb appeal. There are also some very small projects that just about any homeowner can do, such as reseeding a natural grass lawn, painting a mailbox, or planting a vegetable garden. When it starts to get much beyond simple, do-it-yourself projects, it is always best to enlist the help of a professional landscape designer who can walk you through the process, point out safety or infrastructure considerations, recommend features and materials that fit your lifestyle, ensure the landscape style goes with your home’s architecture, and help you make the most of both the space and your budget.

What Services Does Install-It-Direct Provide?

Landscape Design
Outdoor Living Design
Artificial Grass Installation, Maintenance, and Repair
Paver Installation, Cleaning, and Sealing
Retaining Walls
Outdoor and Landscape Lighting
BBQ Islands and Outdoor Kitchens
Fire Pits and Outdoor Fireplaces
Water Features

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Where in Costa Mesa Can I Get Inspiration for My Landscape Project?

We recommend checking out your neighborhood, nearby neighborhoods, or your favorite neighborhoods in Costa Mesa. This will give you a better idea of plants that thrive here, features that look good with houses like yours, and general inspiration for features you might want to include. You can also check out our list of the Top 5 Landscape Designs in San Diego, which lists even more spots within driving distance where you can get landscape design inspiration.

Why Should I Hire a Costa Mesa-based Landscape Designer?

Local Knowledge

Working with a Costa Mesa landscape designer is the best way to ensure your project is a success.

Coastal Influence Understanding

Working with a local landscape designer helps to ensure that your designer will have knowledge and experience specific to designing landscapes for the microclimate in coastal and near-coastal communities.

Hillside and Canyon Experience

The varied terrain of Costa Mesa means that many homeowners will be working with some kind of slopes or uneven land on their property. Because of this, it is best to work with local landscape designers who have extensive knowledge and years of experience working with the terrain in and around Costa Mesa.

Access to Local Resources

Costa Mesa landscape designers will be the most familiar with the local permitting process and building codes and will have the most connections with other local contractors and vendors.

Does Install-It-Direct Landscape with Plants, Succulents, or Gravel?

The team at Install-It-Direct has years of experience designing and installing low-water landscapes that incorporate succulents, native plants, gravel, and other grass alternatives, such as synthetic turf.

What Landscape Design Styles Are Common in Costa Mesa?

As with most of Orange County and Southern California, Costa Mesa homeowners are most often looking for low-maintenance landscape designs that conserve water and provide space for comfortable everyday living as well as entertaining. This has led to landscape trends that include outdoor kitchens, landscape lighting, fire pits and patio fireplaces, paving stone patios, and artificial grass for putting greens and lawn areas.

Does Install-It-Direct Design for Earthquakes, Wildfires, or Mudslides?

Yes, we do. For mudslides, our services could include installing retaining walls, installing artificial grass on slopes for erosion control, making sure your property is properly graded and has good drainage, and talking about drainage swales or other features that could reduce the risk of mudslide damage.

We consider creating earthquake-friendlier landscapes part of earthquake preparedness. To this end, we can recommend hardscapes that can better withstand the movement from earthquakes and that are easier and more affordable to repair if earthquake damage does occur. For example, using pavers for patios and driveways makes it easier to repair these hardscapes if they are damaged by an earthquake.

Many Californians are concerned about wildfires now more than ever. One way to reduce the risk of a wildfire damaging your home is to work with a professional landscape designer to create an overall landscape design that includes a defensible space around your home. Features we will discuss with you in order to create this space will include fire-resistant plants and hardscape options.

What Does the Process of Hiring Install-It-Direct Entail?

The first step is calling or emailing us to connect with one of our team members for a free estimate. We will then meet you at your property for a free consultation, make a 3D rendering of the landscape design for you to look over, talk with you about your timeline and budget, and answer any questions. We will then manage the landscape construction if you choose to hire us.

What Questions Should I Ask Install-It-Direct?

Before starting a project with any contractor, be sure to ask these questions:

Are your contractors licensed, bonded, and insured?
Do you have worker’s comp and general liability insurance?
Are you licensed with the Contractors State License Board (CSLB)?
Do you have the correct licenses for the type of services I am requesting?
How long have you been in business and providing the type of services I need?
Do you have a list of completed projects in the area that I can look at in person?

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How much does landscape design cost?

Landscape design services can vary greatly depending on where the project is located, the size of the project, and the level of experience of the person you choose to design it. Some Orange County landscape designers charge hourly for their services and some charge a set rate.

If you would like a free landscape design consultation and a free estimate for your project, visit our pricing page and contact us to schedule a consultation.

What is the difference between a landscaper and a landscape designer?

When you hire a landscape designer, you can expect an experienced professional who will work with you to design an overall plan for your project that takes into account your budget, timeline, and lifestyle. They will discuss the functions you and your family need, things you would like to include if possible, and bring up safety or infrastructure concerns that should also be addressed. They will then provide you with a 3D rendering, walk you through the process, answer your questions, and then manage the landscape installation.

Landscapers are either independent contractors or folks who work for a landscape maintenance company. They sometimes provide some tree trimming services or basic landscape construction, such as walkways or installing sod, but most often provide landscape maintenance services, including blowing or raking leaves, pruning, weed control, mowing, and general lawn care.

How much do landscapers charge per hour in Costa Mesa?

Costa Mesa landscapers generally charge between $25 and $50 per hour.

How much should I budget for a landscape project?

Landscape project cost depends on the specifics of the landscape design, the size of the space, the scope of the project, and even where you live. A simple project in a small space might start at about $2,500. A larger or more complex project could be above $50,000.

The pricing page can help you get a better understanding of what your landscaping project will cost.

Reach Out to Install-It-Direct for Landscape Design in Costa Mesa

The Install-It-Direct team is honored to have the opportunity to help Costa Mesa homeowners create backyard and front yard designs that make their homes more beautiful and more enjoyable. When you are in need of professional landscape design and landscape construction services ranging from artificial grass and paver patios to retaining walls and outdoor lighting, contact us at (858) 925-3000 or [email protected] to receive a free estimate or learn more about our landscaping services in Orange County.