/Jorge Cortez

About Jorge Cortez

I grew up right here in Santa Barbara, graduating from Dos Pueblos High School in 2007. I went on to join the United States Marine Corps and, after completing a tour in Afghanistan and receiving an honorable discharge, I continued my education at Santa Barbara City College. With 15 years of experience in landscape maintenance, I combined my passion for the land with my business acumen and founded SB Evolution Landscape.

Creating Fire Resistant Landscaping

How to Create Fire Resistant Landscaping Wildfires are destructive, deadly, and difficult to stop, but many experts agree that fire-smart landscaping is your home’s best line of defense. Follow these landscape design and maintenance tips to help keep your home safe. Fire Resistant Landscaping Designing a Fire Resistant Yard Use stone patios, walkways, [...]

By |2018-09-24T00:34:58+00:00September 5th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Definitive Guide to Seasonal Landscape Maintenance

The Definitive Guide to Seasonal Landscape Maintenance Did you know that landscaping can boost the resale value of a property by 14%? And that 44% of home-buyers would try to knock 20% off the price of a property if it looked unappealing from the outside? It’s clear that landscaping brings with it many benefits and can transform a [...]

By |2018-09-06T00:25:03+00:00June 28th, 2018|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Eco-Friendly Landscaping Advice for Homeowners

Eco-Friendly Landscaping Advice for Homeowners Image via Pexels When you own a home, your yard is a source of pride. However, a pristine lawn comes at a cost. Not only does a homeowner have to spend countless hours and dollars ensuring the grass stays lush and green, lawns consume a startling amount of [...]

By |2018-06-28T15:30:29+00:00June 28th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Good bugs: Insects that are welcome in the garden

Good bugs: Insects that are welcome in the garden Taking down insects with toxic pesticides can seem like a necessary step in maintaining a beautiful landscape. And to the uninformed gardener, any creepy crawly with six legs and antennae are fair game. Therefore, learning which insects are actually beneficial—and effective in the [...]

By |2018-03-21T17:20:47+00:00March 21st, 2018|Gardening|0 Comments

March gardening checklist

March gardening checklist So soon after the new year and it’s already time to start preparing for summer! Here is a list of some to-do items for the home gardener: Plant warm-season annuals and annual seeds once the threat of frost has passed. Choose plants according to microclimate conditions such as shade [...]

By |2018-03-21T17:17:48+00:00March 21st, 2018|Gardening|0 Comments

Gardening tips for sandy soil

Gardening tips for sandy soil In coastal areas like Santa Barbara, sandy soils are a reality that can bring frustration to even the most adept gardener. Fast draining and often lacking nutrients, the soil is also unworkable, falling apart easily due to its gritty makeup. However, having a beautiful garden in the [...]

By |2018-03-21T17:14:00+00:00March 21st, 2018|Gardening|0 Comments

The “green” lawn: Sustainable turf

The “green” lawn: Sustainable turf Where lush green lawns are an icon of Americana and a necessity for active families with kids and pets, maintaining them sustainably is a new consideration as awareness for environmentally friendly practices has grown. Primary concerns over lawn maintenance involve water usage, pollution, accelerated storm water runoff, [...]

By |2018-03-21T17:10:52+00:00March 21st, 2018|Landscaping|0 Comments

Pruning and shearing: Understanding the difference

Pruning and shearing: Understanding the difference To the layperson, “pruning” can be regarded as a generic term for cutting back trees and shrubs, often interchangeable with “shearing” or “trimming.” But when the time comes to change the shape or size of overgrown trees and shrubs, it’s critical to understand the differences. For [...]

By |2018-03-21T17:06:38+00:00March 21st, 2018|Gardening, Landscaping|0 Comments

Zeroing in on the right tree for your landscape

Zeroing in on the right tree for your landscape The most thorough way to select a tree, or almost any plant for that matter, is to start with the widest range of options available and, through the process of elimination, narrow down the field until just a few “best fit” choices remain. [...]

By |2018-03-21T16:51:52+00:00March 21st, 2018|Landscaping|0 Comments