- Reducing emissions and costs of pruning by using the right plant in the right place.
- Using native or plants where possible; they consume fewer resources.
- Building higher quality hardscape outdoor elements that will last and won’t clog our landfills prematurely.
- Using water wisely by installing drip systems instead of spray systems.
- Planning our outdoor spaces in advance to save time and money that can be used for the greater good of the community.
- Partnering with several native plant nurseries to provide native perennials that typically can’t be found for landscape use.
Landscape design is undergoing a revolution and Laura and I would love to help you integrate these new principles into your outdoor rooms, large or small.
The core idea of this concept is designing plantings that look and function more like they do in the wild; more robust, more diverse, and more visually harmonious, with less maintenance. Interestingly enough many of the major designers in this movement are from Europe, where the countries had to rebuild a polluted and ravaged ecosystem. Now there is a new generation of American designers using these principles daily.
Did you know that plants of all sizes communicate in a healthy ecosystem by beneficial fungi called mycorrhizae? They form an underground “telegraph” system that help plants absorb nutrients when available and actually allow plants to warn their neighbors of insect and disease attack. By mimicking the conditions in nature we can create low maintenance and well performing landscapes. We can add back mycorrhizae to disturbed soils to recreate this amazing system.
Adding even a 4′ x 4′ area of the right plants to your existing landscape can draw in beneficial insects that will eat aphids, spider mites, and leafhoppers, reducing or eliminating insecticide use. Pollinating insects such as butterflies and native bees will also appear and put on a show for your enjoyment.
We are certainly not advocating that everyone plant a meadow or prairie in their yard. In nature both meadows and prairies have beautiful flowering perennials when young but eventually become 90 % grasses with no flowering plants! A potentially boring outcome in many situations.