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California Drought Prompts Landscape Redesign

California is now in its fourth year of a drought state- one so extreme that Governor Jerry Brown has recently declared a statewide drought emergency which asks all Californians to reduce their water usage by 20 percent. This drought is not solely limited to California, but is happening throughout the nation and worldwide. You know […]

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Turning Vines Into Wines, One Vineyard at a Time

Welcome to SMARTDRAW ADDICT where you’ll find innovative ways of using SmartDraw Every Day to make your work and personal life a whole lot easier. As a wine enthusiast I am excited to share a recent discovery of some amazing work done by a local San Diego business owner, Greg Maness and his investment partner, John Keily, at Maness […]

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Landscape Design Basics: 3 Steps for First Time Homeowners

Welcome to SMARTDRAW ADDICT where you’ll find innovative ways of using SmartDraw Every Day to make your work and personal life a whole lot easier. This week we have a guest “SmartDraw Addict” blog post from a member of our SmartDraw community, Vanessa. After living in our first home for two years, my boyfriend and I have finally gotten […]

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Can a Good Landscape Design Increase Home Value?

Welcome to SmartDraw SPOTLIGHT, where we’ll explore cool features and functionality for you to discover. According to landscape economist, John A. Harris, good landscaping can add up to 28% to the overall value of a home and it can cut the home’s time on the market 10% to 15%.  In addition, if you take your landscaping to the next level, […]

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Save Water with These 5 Landscape Planning Tips

The hot, dry summer season is rapidly approaching. In many parts of the world, including here in California, drought conditions are wreaking havoc on water supplies. Many jurisdictions are asking residents to voluntarily cut back on water usage. Mandatory rationing is possible. But wherever you live, landscape planning that uses native and drought-tolerant plants can conserve […]

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