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Opulands provides complete landscape design and/or landscape installation services in most Bay Area cities including those in and around San Jose and Palo Alto.

Whether you come with your own landscape design, either from an online landscape design service like Yardzen or from a local Bay Area landscape designer, or you want us to design your landscape for you, these are the steps we take next to install the necessary elements that make up the whole of your beautiful new landscape.

Landscaping Installation Process

Demolition and excavation

Demolition and excavation are crucial first steps in any successful landscaping project. At Opulands, we understand the importance of careful planning and execution when removing an old landscape. Our experienced team assesses your existing landscape and discusses your preferences for the new design, paying close attention to any sentimental areas you’d like to keep.

During demolition, we use specialized equipment and techniques to remove existing structures, hardscaping, and plants while minimizing damage to the surrounding area. Our goal is to create a clean slate for the new design while protecting any existing infrastructure.

Next, we move on to excavation, grading and leveling the ground to prepare for the new landscape. We assess soil conditions, drainage, and natural features like hills and trees to create a cohesive and harmonious design.

At Opulands, we believe that demolition and excavation set the foundation for a successful landscaping installation process. Our precision and attention to detail ensure that the end result is a stunning and functional outdoor space that you can enjoy for years to come.

front yard renovation showing dump truck

Soil preparation

To create a healthy and thriving landscape, Opulands enhances the soil structure with organic amendments like compost, raked in carefully for even distribution. We also assess soil type to ensure that it meets the needs of your new plants. Our attention to detail and expertise ensures long-term health and beauty of your landscape.

Irrigation zone installation

In order to create the most efficient way of watering the new garden, the planted areas are separated into irrigation zones. Ideally, we separate the zones out by the type of plant or tree in question so that groups of plants and trees with similar water needs will receive the same amount of water, nothing more and nothing less. 

For the control of the irrigation system, we recommend weather-based systems that we can program to take weather patterns and time of year into consideration to determine when and how much plants need watering.

Opulands landscapers working on landscaping project

Lawn installation

Prior to installation and after we have removed the current lawn and groundcover, we add a carefully measured layer of soil to our new lawn areas. This is to make sure the optimal firmness is achieved for the desired use of the lawn areas. 

As members of the California Landscape Contractors Association and certified Rescape technicians, we advocate often for low water using lawn alternatives such as ‘no mow lawns’, ‘California native grass lawns’, or the popular kurapia lawn. Check out our lawn installation page for more info!

We have found that it takes initially a bit more involvement from the clients to familiarize themselves with the watering needs of such alternative lawns, but it saves the clients significantly while sparing the California water system. 

Esthetically, alternative lawn products such as kurapia and California native grasses can add beautiful features to a garden in terms of unique colors and authenticity. 

backyard photo after landscape installation

Plant, shrub and tree planting

We install our plants and trees with the right amount of potting soil to give them a healthy start taking into account the desired planting depth.  This will make sure plants are best positioned to thrive in summer and winter conditions.

Mulch installation

Finally, after lawn and plant installation we cover the newly landscaped soils with a mulch of the customers choosing. This to ensure plants stay moist through the summer and soils are best positioned to retain the winter rains and summer irrigation for as long as possible.

Opulands is your trusted partner for landscape installation of all these beautiful options…

paver driveways

Paver Driveways

Step up to paver driveways. They're durable, low maintenance and stunning.

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Paver Walkways

Walk away from cracks. Concrete walkways can't hold a candle to interlocking pavers,

front lawns and front yard remodel

Front Lawns

Synthetic or natural sod, whatever you want in a lawn, we can install it for you along with the perimeter hardscaping.

Outdoor seating walls

Seating Walls

For those backyard parties, add a paver seating wall.

backyard paver patio

Paver Patios

Concrete's too plain. Get a decorative paver patio.

backyard outdoor kitchen

Outdoor Kitchens

Take the kitchen with you to your backyard.

backyard artificial lawn


Synthetic or natural sod, you can have both.

backyard pergola

Backyard Pergolas

Step into the shade of a pergola or patio cover.

backyard firepit

Fire Pits

Outdoor fireplaces too! Great place to mingle.

Get Started
Schedule your project and design consultation and get an estimate today.

If you’re looking for modern, sensibly designed, and enviable front or backyard outdoor landscaping but are overwhelmed with what you need, what’s available, and what will work in your yard, then an Opulands discovery consultation is perfect for you. 

Get your nagging questions answered and a plan forward by requesting a consultation today!  This is how all beautiful yards begin. 

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