Thank you for your interest in Tamate Landscaping. Paul Tamate has retired. Although we aren't taking new clients at this time, you can still see our projects, get information about landscaping for San Francisco on our blog, and learn more about our services.


Creating a Zen Garden of Rock and Stone

Here in San Francisco, we have lots of hills, boulders, rocks; it’s all a part of the natural landscape. -And yet, not of lot of that natural landscape is incorporated […]

3 Signs Your Retaining Wall Is Failing

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If you moved into a home with a pre-existing retaining wall, or your retaining wall has been around for a handful of years, you may start to see signs of […]

So, You Have a Retaining Wall to Plant

Have you ever planted something in what looked like fabulously rich ground, only to find a sickly-looking sample later? What happened? Why did it die? And what does this have […]

4 Common DIY Landscape Project Mistakes to Avoid

There’s something to be said for do-it-yourself landscaping projects. We get to experience the whole thing time after time: the excitement of the design process; purchasing the plants and mediums; […]

Protecting Against Crazy Rainy Weather

According to the National Weather Service, this month has been the wettest May since 1998. In fact, it ranks in the top 12 for lots of rain. In San Jose, […]

3 Tips for a Beautiful, Sloped Landscape

If you live in San Francisco, chances are you either have a sloped yard or know someone who does. After all, the city is well known for its hillsides and […]

How to Choose the Right Fish for Your Japanese Koi Pond

Water features are a common addition to most Japanese garden designs, whether that water feature is a trickling fountain, a tiny stream, or a mini Japanese Koi pond. As one […]

The Case for Annuals – Why “Once a Year” Isn’t a Waste

When you think “garden”, a lot of people think of something that blooms all year round, and several years in a row. Many think of lovingly tending to this plant […]

The Number One Secret Behind Japanese Garden Design

What is it that makes Japanese gardens seem so peaceful and serene? Is it the delicate flowers? The small, yet stately boulders? The obligatory stone lanterns? Or is it something […]

Landscaping for Hilly Backyards: Bernal Heights

One of the great things about San Francisco is the hills, because it allows a whole slew of people a panoramic city view. A flat street limits the view. However, […]