Founded in 1900, and incorporated in 1983, Moorpark is a city of 31,000+ people, located in a valley created by the Arroyo Simi River.
The origin of the name “Moorpark” is not known, but several sources have been suggested. According to Wikipedia:
“…most sources agree that its origin was Admiral Lord Anson’s estate Moor Park in Hertfordshire where he introduced the apricot in 1688.It is mainly believed that the city of Moorpark is named after the Moorpark Apricot, which used to grow in the area. This was confirmed by Robert Poindexter, the founder of Moorpark, in 1927. One other theory of the name is that when the Southern Pacific Railroad was surveying the local land in the 1800s for its railway, someone in the party said that the area, with its sloping hills, looked like the Scottish Moors. Hence the name Moorpark.”
The region has a mild, year-round Mediterranean Climate or Dry-Summer Subtropical Zone Climate, with warm, sunny, dry summers and cool, rainy winters. August is typically the warmest month, with December being the coolest. Vegetation is typical of Mediterranean environments, with chaparral and grasses on the hillsides and numerous western valley oaks. Its’ elevation ranges from about 500 feet (in the valley), to over 900 feet (in the foot hills).
It is because of Moorpark’ combination of Mediterranean Climate, elevation, and slightly cooler temperatures than the surrounding areas, that affords unique landscaping opportunities.
As part of Southern California, Moorpark enjoys year-round sunshine, with the rainy season falling mainly during the winter and early spring months. Moorpark landscaping projects, therefore, should take into consideration both the abundance of sunshine, and the slightly cooler temperatures due to the ocean breezes coming up through the passes.
Select trees, shrubs, and flowers that will take advantage of this unique combination. Shade from trees will be welcomed in the summer months. However, remember that Moorpark is in a semi-arid region; so work with your landscaper to pick trees, and other vegetation, that will be both drought resistant and that won’t require a great deal of watering. Remember that saving water also saves you money.
Yes, palm trees, cactus, and yucca plants are planted in abundance throughout this area, but there are numerous other examples of indigenous, and hardy, plants that will also work for any Moorpark landscaping project.
Both flower and vegetable gardens also make for popular landscaping projects throughout Moorpark and surrounding communities. Both types of gardens can even be found integrated into larger landscaping themes, adding a colorful and personal touch to everything from patios and gazebos, to waterfalls and pool/spa combinations.
Because of the mild, sunny weather most of the year, you’ll want to consider outdoor entertaining. Patios, backyard BBQ’s, spas, and pools, are all to be considered when drawing up your landscaping plans.
The wide variety of unique designs in patio, pools and spas, and water treatments, along with the extensive use of rock and masonry can add either a subtle, or dramatic, flair to any outdoor setting. Moorpark landscaping designs often enhance the natural environment by utilizing stone or textured concrete on both decks and walkways to create simple, yet beautiful outdoor entertainment areas.
Covered patios and gazebos offer useful and decorative method of enhancing the landscaping of many Moorpark homes. Patios can be enhanced with decorative stone; some of which can be capped off with flat stone or faux-stone and turned into unique seating areas for guests. Likewise, concrete floors and walkways can be made over with the use of stamped, or textured, concrete that can be color-matched to accent the theme of almost any exterior décor.
Moorpark landscaping should also take into consideration the use of walls and fence lines. Instead of opting for the over-used chain-link, or slat, fence, consider masonry walls to bring out your personal flair with a rock or stone look.
Hillside areas of Moorpark can take advantage of fruits trees. Apricot and peach trees abound in the area. These and other fruit trees can be used to add color to any backyard landscaping design.
If your plans go beyond anything that you are comfortable in completing yourself, you’ll want to seek the advice and expertise of a qualified landscaper. Choosing the right landscaper is the single most important part of any Moorpark landscaping project. Here are a few things to consider:
How long has the landscaper been in business?
Has the landscaper received any awards for their designs?
How well does the landscaper understand your local area?
Does the landscaper have any customer testimonials?
Can the landscaper provide and photos and references?
Is the landscaper certified through industry associations (such as the California Landscape Contractors Association)?
Does the landscaper understand your vision for your home and yard?
Does the landscaper employ qualified, professional workers?
Take the time to meet with the landscaper and discuss your ideas – including timeframes, costs, and expectations – before staring your landscaping project. In the long run, you’ll be glad you did.
The above are just a few ideas that people have implemented when undertaking a Moorpark landscaping project. The keys to success lie in being able to articulate your particular vision of a “dream house” to a qualified and professional landscaping company. Remember that your house can become the “envy of the neighborhood” with just a few simple landscaping improvements. You are limited only by the creativity of your imagination, and the experience and skill of a professional landscaping company.
Mark Swink is the owner of Swink’s Creations, an award-winning, custom residential landscaping company, specializing in the creation, renovation, design, and installation of swimming pools, patios, spas, masonry, and water treatments. You can learn more about Swink’s Creations at: www.swinkscreations.com