Backyard Bounty

Backyard Bounty is dedicated to improving the environment by re-imagining the American garden. We believe that gardens should be good for you and good for the earth. Our gardens:

  • Never require the use of dangerous pesticides and fertilizers
  • Reduce the amount of polluted water residential properties send to the Chesapeake Bay
  • Limit fossil fuel use by creating space for clients to grow vegetables, herbs and fruit at home
  • Eliminate invasive plants where possible
  • Increase flora and fauna diversity through plant choice

Since we began installing gardens in 2009, Backyard Bounty has installed dozens of conservation landscapes, kitchen gardens, permeable driveways, and rain gardens in the Metropolitan DC region.

Clients come to Backyard Bounty with problems they would like to solve and desires they’d like fulfilled.  We take their needs and desires and design and install environmentally responsible landscape solutions for them.  Below are a couple of examples of gardens we designed that address client needs and environmental concerns:

Backyard Bounty is pleased to be a certified Green Landscaper in Montgomery County.  Prior to this program’s development, we travelled to New England in the cold of winter to train with the Northeast Organic Farmers Association (NOFA) to become Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals.  

In addition to the Montgomery County standards for Green Landscapers, Backyard Bounty is committed to following and promoting the standards developed by NOFA and copied from NOFA’s website below:

Organic land care is a sustainable ecological landscaping system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity. It is based on minimal use of off-site inputs and on management practices that restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony and beauty in urban and suburban landscapes and gardens. Organic, in particular, means landscaping with no synthetic pesticides of any kind (insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, etc.) and with no synthetic fertilizers or soil amendments. 

The NOFA OLC Standards further define organic land care as an approach that:

  • Focuses on building healthy soils that reduce the need for watering and fertilizing
  • Increases biodiversity and avoids invasive species
  • Reduces the risk to children and pets from any kind of pesticides
  • Protects water resources from excess nutrients and pesticides

Our program educates professionals and the general public about sustainable organic landscaping and gardening practices that improve the health and well-being of the people and web of life in their care.