Landscape Design in Santee, CA

Install-It-Direct is a local landscaping company serving Santee, CA and surrounding areas. Our team of professionals can assist you through every stage of your landscape’s lifespan, including landscape design and installation, cleaning and repair for features like pavers and synthetic grass, and landscape remodels when your lifestyle changes or your yard needs updating.

Santee residents have easy access to an active, outdoors lifestyle with the 55-acre Town Center Community Park with its sports field complex and aquatic center, Walker Preserve Trail, Santee Boulders, Santee Lakes Regional Park and Campground, and Carlton Oaks Golf Course. When folks are not taking advantage of these popular spots for hiking, swimming, fishing, camping, climbing, golfing, and biking, there are a variety of other activities to enjoy, such as the Santee Twilight Brews and Bites Festival, concerts in the park, Off Broadway Live, and one of the few remaining drive-in movie theaters.

With so much to do close to home, Santee homeowners need low maintenance landscaping design and outdoor living areas that are inviting, functional, and ready to enjoy with little preparation. Our team is here to help you achieve this and to create the backyard and front yard of your dreams with fire features, water features, landscape lighting, pavers for driveways and patios, artificial turf, and an outdoor kitchen or BBQ island. Whatever it is you need to make your outdoor living areas best suit your needs and lifestyle, we can help you achieve it.

What Locations Does Install-It-Direct Serve?

Install-It-Direct offers landscape design services throughout the Santee area, including Sky Ranch, Weston/Santee Lakes West, El Nopal/Lakeside Northwest, Fletcher Hills Meadow, Treviso/West Hills, Santee Lakes East, Mission Creek/Carlton Estates, Riverwalk, Monarchs, and Santana.

We also provide landscaping services in San Diego County, including Cardiff by the Sea, Bonita, Encinitas, Del Mar, El Cajon, Rancho Santa Fe, Escondido, La Jolla, Lakeside, La Mesa, Carlsbad, Poway, Solana Beach, San Marcos, Chula Vista, Scripps Ranch, Oceanside, and Vista.

Creating Beautiful Landscapes for Homeowners in Santee

Creating your dream landscape starts with your list of must-haves and your ideas for what constitutes beautiful outdoor living spaces. From there, it is important to work with a professional who can help you better understand your options and the possibilities you might not even have considered. For example, a landscape designer will help you consider the terrain, available space, your project budget and timeline, the architectural style of your home, and potential safety issues. They will also make suggestions to make the space more functional, inviting, and comfortable. This might include suggesting privacy hedges, adding a patio fireplace to your outdoor kitchen, or incorporating a dog run in a side yard to keep your furry friends safe and happy when you have visitors.

Backyard landscape design of a home in Santee, CA, with a large pool, hardscaping, and landscape lighting.

What Services Does Install-It-Direct Provide?

Where in Santee Can I Get Inspiration for My Landscape Project?

You might start looking for inspiration in your own neighborhood or neighborhoods near you. You might also check out Carlton Oaks Golf Course, Town Center Community Park, and other local parks to get ideas for what works well in Santee. If you do not find enough inspiration in these spots, check out some of the options on our list of the Top 5 Landscape Designs in San Diego.

Why Should I Hire a Santee-based Landscape Designer?

Local Knowledge

Santee landscape designers know the area and are accustomed to working with the local terrain and climate. They know which native plants and grasses will thrive here with the least care, which fire features or water features are most popular here, and any local regulations that could have an impact on your design or installation.

Coastal Influence Understanding.

Santee is not on the coast, but some homes in this area may still need landscaping that can withstand coastal and near-coastal conditions, which can include fog, salt spray, and wind.

Hillside and Canyon Experience

East County San Diego is home to valleys, slopes, foothills, and canyons. This means that Santee residents need a landscaping company with experience and a working knowledge of how best to design and install landscapes on uneven terrain. This could mean just being good at grading, or it could mean knowing when to suggest structural and safety features, like retaining walls or swales.

Access to Local Resources

Choosing a local landscape contractor also means that your designer and installation team will have a better awareness of and access to local resources, which might include vendors, contractors, or subcontractors that will help make your project a success.

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

Yes, Install-It-Direct is accustomed to designing and installing drought-resistant landscaping, which often includes native plants, succulents, gravel, artificial turf, pavers, and other low-maintenance features and hardscape options.

What Landscape Design Styles Are Common in Santee?

Santee homeowners, like most homeowners in East County San Diego, seek out landscape design styles that work well in dry, hot climates. Pavers, artificial turf and other grass alternatives, xeriscaping, landscaping with native plants, and incorporating rock gardens are all common features and landscaping styles found here.

There is also a trend towards outdoor living spaces designed for entertaining with patio fireplaces, fire pits, and outdoor kitchens.

Hardscape landscape design in Santee, CA with an outdoor kitchen and fire pit.

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

Many homes in California are at risk from wildfires and mudslides, and most homes could potentially be damaged by an earthquake. If these natural disasters are of concern to you, they need to be taken into consideration during any home improvement project, including landscape design. This might mean choosing hardscape options that can better withstand an earthquake, creating a defensible space with fire-resistant plants and hardscapes to reduce wildfire risk, or including a retaining wall and erosion control in mudslide-prone areas.

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

Our team has made it easy and convenient to hire us for landscape design and construction. The first thing to do is contact us for a free estimate. We will then schedule an on-site assessment, provide you with a 3D rendering of the project, discuss your budget and timeline, and answer any questions you have before we begin installation.


How much does it cost to consult a landscape designer?

There are several factors that influence this, including everything from the size of the space being landscaped to where your house is located. If you are ready to get an initial idea of how much your project might cost, check out our pricing page, or contact us for a free estimate.

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

Landscape designers are the folks who put together an overall design for your yard. This might be for new landscaping or to remodel existing landscaping and takes into consideration your needs and wants, timeline, and budget. They will then provide you with a 3D rendering, make sure you understand and agree to all aspects of the project, and will then act as general contractors for the landscape project or oversee the installation.

Landscapers sometimes offer basic construction services, such as installing sod or a paver walkway, but they most often offer landscape maintenance services that include mowing, blowing, weeding, lawn care, pruning, yard cleanup, and maintaining water features and landscape lighting.

How much do landscapers charge per hour in Santee?

Landscapers in Santee generally charge between $25 and $50 per person per hour.

How much should I budget for a landscape project?

In neighborhoods with homeowner’s associations, the bylaws often dictate the amount you need to spend on landscape construction and design. This is often a percentage of the value of your home. If you live in a neighborhood without an association, it is customary to budget about 10% of your home’s value for landscaping.

Reach out to Install-It-Direct for landscape design in Santee

If you are ready to get a free estimate for your next landscaping project or would like to learn more about our services, contact us at (858) 925-3000 or [email protected].