July 2012 Newsletter

FormLA Newsletter


Thank you for helping us transform the face of Los Angeles! In July, we truly reap the rewards of our work together. As we travel from neighborhood to neighborhood, we see more and more bold, beautiful native gardens thriving in the summer heat. We also see your influence as neighbors follow your lead and neighborhoods transform into drought tolerant wonderlands. At Dwell on Design last month, we had question after question about how to get the distinctly California aesthetic you’ve achieved – thank you, and congratulations!

Cassy and Kirk Aoyagi


Steal This $19 Million Look
Garden Portfolio: We relished the opportunity to design, build and maintain this extraordinary multi-acre Beverly Hills property pictured in the spring issue of Luxe Magazine. With this much space in play, we incorporated virtually every charm imaginable! While few of us have quite this much room to work with, we can all steal the design strategies and materials that produced this amazing look. Tour This Garden .
Simple Tips to Help Your Yard Take Flight
Tips: Our feathered friends are a lot like us – they just want a place where they feel at home. Here are a few ideas to make our home a welcoming place for birds to shake a tail feather. View Cassy’s Houzz Article.
Save the World with Your Yard
Tips: You know that replacing your lawn with an IdealMow™ lawn alternative and gardening with natives will save your family loads of money and time and give your home all the curb appeal of a Showcase Home or Holmby Hills Estate. Did you also know it can save the world? We are not exaggerating!At Dwell on Design, Cassy helped homeowners choose the lawn alternative that meets their needs, factor their return on investment, and understand the environmental impact. See the Presentation

Cassy also defined the ecological benefits of natives in our unique desert, urban environment. See the Presentation


If you have a native garden, your garden is off the hook right now! Native grasses are vibrantly green, and summer blooms include Eriogonum fasciculatum, Trichostema lanata, Salvia clevlandii. Here is what we’ll do to keep everything operating at its peak:

Protect you from Tier 2 water prices:

  • Ensure natives are not being overwatered – they love this heat!
  • Eliminate run-off and overspray, inspect common sprinklers for leaks and ensure drip irrigation provides proper coverage
  • Manage timers for optimal watering on minimal days (if you are DIY-ing this activity, check out the BeWaterWise Calculator to get your schedule just right for your garden)
  • Water by hand where necessary
  • Once per month deep soaking of mature trees

Set the stage for your garden party:

  • Rinse foliage to improve transpiration in high heat and keep things lovely
  • Prune Oak Trees to maintain form and shade
  • Mulch to refresh garden beds and retain water
  • Bring the prettiest cut flowers and foliage into the homes for arrangements
  • Stage residence with extra lighting, heating and container gardens for your next BBQ!



Steal This $19 Million Look
Simple Tips to Help Your Yard Take Flight
Save the World with Your Yard


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Protect you from Tier 2 water prices
Set the stage for your garden party


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Team Update

Thank you to Al Rosen, Isara Ongswiseth, Jill Van Sickle and Stephanie Reed, who all supported the FormLA booth Dwell on Design – it made the show feel like an ongoing party! Thanks also to John Cook and the FormLA design/build team, who did a beautiful job installing the modern wonderland at Dwell Outdoor. See More Photos.

Leigh Jerrard from Greywater Corps provided an in-depth workshop in greywater applications for the FormLA team. Synchronizing graywater into native, food and efficient irrigation systems can be challenging, and we believe we are on the forefront of integrating these strategies thanks to the profound partnership and insight practiced by Leigh and graywater – thank you!

About FormLA Landscaping+

FormLA® Landscaping designs, builds and maintains custom sustainable landscapes that beautifully complement the distinct and varied architecture of Los Angeles County. See our expanding Portfolio.


Cassy and Kirk Aoyagi, Principals: Cassy@formlainc.com

Mark Britten, Production Manager: Mark@formlainc.com

John Avakian, Bookkeeping: John@formlainc.com

Ed Woodbury and Katarina Errikson, Maintenance and Horticultural Team Leaders: Kat@formlainc.com and Ed@formlainc.com

John Cook, Installation Manager: jc@formlainc.com

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