We are selective about the type of landscapes we install. We will work with you to accomplish the goals you have for your yard - privacy screening, colorful blooms, shade - by applying the philosophy that landscaping should not simply look "nice". Landscaping should be beneficial in as many ways as possible.
The average yard is a vastly under-utilized resource populated with plants that require extensive maintenance and chemical input without providing much benefit to humans or nature. Our specialty is using a client's space to create something that benefits humans, wildlife, and pollinators. Most of the plants we use will be native plants. Many of them will be edible in some form, or provide important habitat for pollinators.
We take many things into account when we put together a landscape project - soil moisture and texture, light and wind exposure, maintenance requirements, existing plantings, and overall property aesthetics. We do our best to propose plants that perform well in your yard versus simply using popular or readily available options.
If you have a specific tree or shrub you'd like to incorporate, let us know! We will do our best to integrate it into the design, provided it will work well for the planting site.
We encourage clients to take the approach of installing plant guilds (groupings of trees, shrubs, and perennials) rather than scattering individual trees or shrubs throughout the landscape. This best mimics naturally occurring plant communities in nature.
We also prioritize site preparation. Soil health is extremely important for the long term health of your landscape. We try to give your plants a solid start by utilizing a planting method called sheet mulching, which involves laying down a layer of cardboard, covering the cardboard with a mix of biochar and compost, and topping the planting site with a healthy layer of wood chips generated from Ursa Minor tree work. The cardboard will help suppress weeds and eventually break down and feed the soil. Compost improves soil texture and provides readily available nutrients, while biochar creates holding areas for moisture and soil microbes. We intentionally use wood chips instead of shredded mulch, as research has shown that fresh wood chips aid in improving soil health. This also helps us accomplish our goal of reducing our waste stream!
Interested in using logs from a tree removal? We can incorporate those into a planting project as well!