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Matt Daly owns Water & Earth Landscape Design in San Jose, CA, focused on building premium outdoor spaces that clients connect with.



About this Designer

Matt Daly is the owner and principal designer of Water and Earth Landscape Design serving San Jose, CA and Richmond, VA. At WELD Matt and team focus on creating personalized outdoor living spaces for their clients and families. Projects typically carry an initial spend of $150k+ with some of those projects coming in, in the low seven figures. The team specializes in swimming pool design, patio design, patio cover design, fire and water feature design and planting design. After going through a formal landscape design education, Matt continued on in several sales roles within the industry before settling into his business designing landscapes. Matt has been trained in helping clients realize the potential of their properties and helping them save as much time and money as possible on the path to their luxury outdoor space.

1:1  Virtual Video Consultation

with Matt Daly

Matt can't wait to connect with you over video and discuss your project. He can support and guide your design decisions and direction, and answer all of your questions!
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1 hr


Private Consultation

Areas of Expertise 

Modern Outdoor Living

Swimming Pools

Outdoor Kitchens

Fire & Water Features

Curb Appeal

Kid & Pet Areas

Sport Courts

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Client Experience with Matt

"Matt has a great personality, will help you above and beyond to keep you happy with his work. I'm sure there is a lot of competition out there, but be sure that you won't regret working with Matt."

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Frequently Asked Client Questions

Q: What factors should I consider when planning a landscape design for my property?
A: When considering a landscape plan you should consider various elements like climate, soil type, sunlight exposure, and desired functionality. It'a very helpful to visit sites like Pinterest to get an idea of possibilities and to begin to create a wishlist to later share with your designer.

Q: What are some low-maintenance landscaping options for busy homeowners?
A: Low-maintenance landscaping options for busy homeowners include native plants, drought-tolerant varieties, perennial gardens, mulching, xeriscaping, artificial turf, automatic irrigation systems, low-maintenance hardscaping, grouping plants by water needs, and professional maintenance services, minimizing upkeep while keeping outdoor spaces attractive and manageable.

Q: How can I incorporate sustainable practices into my landscape design?
A: To incorporate sustainable practices into your landscape design, opt for native plants, utilize rainwater harvesting systems, integrate composting, choose eco-friendly materials for hardscaping, and prioritize energy-efficient outdoor lighting. These strategies reduce environmental impact and promote long-term sustainability in your outdoor space.

Q: What are some creative ways to maximize small outdoor spaces?
A: Maximize small outdoor spaces creatively by utilizing vertical gardening, multifunctional furniture, strategic lighting, and compact plant varieties. Incorporate mirrors to create the illusion of space, utilize hanging baskets and window boxes, and design with modular elements to optimize flexibility and functionality in limited areas.

Q: How do you approach balancing aesthetics with functionality in landscape design?
A: Balancing aesthetics with functionality in landscape design involves careful consideration of space usage, plant selection, and hardscape placement. Prioritize functionality by incorporating pathways, seating areas, and practical features while ensuring harmony with visually pleasing elements like focal points, textures, and colors for an aesthetically pleasing outdoor environment.

Q: What are the benefits of incorporating hardscaping elements into a landscape design?
A: Incorporating hardscaping elements like patios, pathways, and retaining walls enhances landscape design by adding structure, defining spaces, and increasing usability. Hardscaping also reduces maintenance needs, improves drainage, and adds value to the property, creating a visually appealing and functional outdoor environment for enjoyment and relaxation.

Q: What should I know about plant selection for different seasons?
A: Understanding plant selection for different seasons ensures a vibrant landscape year-round. Choose plants with varying bloom times, foliage colors, and textures to provide interest throughout the seasons. Consider factors like temperature, sunlight, and soil conditions to ensure successful growth and continuity of beauty in every season.

Q: How can I design a landscape that attracts wildlife like birds and butterflies?
A: Design a wildlife-friendly landscape by incorporating native plants that provide food and shelter for birds and butterflies. Include water features like birdbaths and shallow pools, as well as nesting boxes and butterfly host plants. Minimize pesticide use and create diverse habitats to attract a variety of wildlife species.

Q: Discuss strategies such as xeriscaping, drip irrigation, soil improvement techniques, and selecting drought-tolerant plants to conserve water while maintaining an attractive landscape.
A: Conserve water in landscaping with xeriscaping, drip irrigation, soil improvement, and drought-tolerant plants. Xeriscaping minimizes water usage with native plants and efficient design. Drip irrigation delivers water directly to plant roots, reducing waste. Soil improvement techniques enhance water retention, while drought-tolerant plants thrive with minimal watering, sustaining an appealing landscape efficiently.

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