Scott Lawn, owner of Greenway Irrigation, Lawn and Landscape, loves his job partly because he can be creative every day.
Using plants, sod, artificial turf and pavers, Lawn aims to create a dream front or backyard for clients.
“It really is just an endless canvas,” he said. “We get to make beautiful landscapes every day.”
Greenway offers hardscaping (pavers, rock, cement, etc.) and softscaping (plants and grass), artificial lawns and reconditioning for existing lawns. They also supply personal consultations for clients on how to repair and enhance their landscaping.
Lawn, who has lived in Rancho Bernardo for 38 years, owns and operates the Rancho Bernardo- and Escondido-based business with his son, Alex.
When Alex Lawn was a child, he used to follow his dad around with construction toys as he worked.
“It was just a natural transition,” Scott Lawn said about working with his son.
“In our case, it worked out wonderfully,” he said. “It’s what he’s going to do for the rest of his life and obviously what I’m doing.”
The Lawns have been renovating their office, at 820 Country Club Drive in Escondido, to be a showroom for their offerings.
There’s even a putting green in the backyard — it’s something they have done for several golf professionals.
“We’ve done hundreds and hundreds of them,” Lawn said.
The front of the office is designed with pavers or brick ground covering. The pavers — which can be used for driveways, patios and backyards — are available in a “myriad of colors and textures,” Lawn said. The cost has come down on the pavers so they’re on par with “blah” cement,” he added.
“It just looks neater,” he said.
Lawn put in artificial turf at his home about 25 years ago when it was a novelty. He wasn’t a big fan of it at first.
“Now, I’m a big proponent,” he said. “The turf we use today is light years from what anyone thought five or six years ago.”
Greenway has seen a resurgence in interest in lawns and sod. When it comes to natural lawns, irrigation and fertilization are key, and having a professional in charge is vital, Lawn said.
Most of the problems he sees in his clients’ yards are due to the amount of watering and the fertilization.
“Most people forget that plants need to eat on a regular basis just like we do,” he said.
Greenway recommends encapsulated fertilizer, which feeds for up to three months. In the past, fertilizer only lasted a week.
Some plants, such as palms, need special fertilizers, Lawn said.
The encapsulated fertilizer, which is available in yearly plans four times a year, is customized to a client’s landscape needs. Greenway uses an “enhanced efficiency fertilizer,” which Lawn said was developed in the past couple of years and is designed to be a slow time-release fertilizer.
Greeway provides an annual lawn plan but also a one-time or spring starter fertilizing visit. Workers do a nine-point inspection of the property — looking for problem spots — before starting a regimen.
Fertilization and watering go hand in hand. When a plant is fertilized and well fed, it doesn’t take as much water, according to Lawn.
“It can reduce water use by 50 percent,” he said.
Aside from their business, father and son believe in giving back to the community. Both have served on the board of directors for the Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation and the Rancho Bernardo Business Association. They are also both active members of the RB Noon Rotary.
Scott and Alex Lawn have both served as honorary mayors for Rancho Bernardo, the first father-son duo, Scott Lawn said.
Lawn is also a member of the Rancho Bernardo Hall of Fame and now serves as vice president of the organization, which honors outstanding community volunteers. He was inducted for his community service, he said.
Greenway Irrigation, Lawn and Landscape can be reached by calling 858-486-8277, at Greenway1@sbcglobal.net or at www.grnway.com.