Often people want to take care of or redo their yard and garden, but want guidance, advice, someone to talk through what they have, what they want to do, and how to get there. I can help. Starting with a questionnaire available from my website, we proceed to a meeting on site. I specialize in looking at how stormwater impacts peoples’ properties and how to better absorb it into the yard. Together we look at the yard to combine peoples’ needs with what’s already there and healthy to come up with a plan on how to improve it. I encourage the use of native plants, reduction in the use of turf and use of care techniques that help a lawn stay healthy without use of pesticides or fertilizers. Typically I provide resources – suggesting possible plants, and helpful nurseries. Sometimes we go to nurseries together to purchase plants.
The core of my practice is environmentally friendly. I work to educate people about environmentally sensitive designs in yards and gardens, and facilitate their adoption. I encourage use of native perennials, shrubs and trees to reduce the need for high maintenance and polluting practices. Of course I recommend watering initial plantings to get them established but suggest allowing turf to go dormant in the heat of summer, and limited focused deep watering for trees and shrubs during periods of drought.
My outreach is word of mouth and electronic. The questionnaire is filled out and emailed to me. Many of the resources I forward are websites that require no printouts.
While I have no public office, I use energy star office equipment, only recycled paper, green cleaning materials, high efficiency heating and cooling – including use of fans, windows, 100% wind sourced energy for electricity, air conditioning cutoff during peak usage, etc. For consultations, I use a hybrid vehicle and carpool to nurseries.
The core of my work is environmental: the advice I give includes saving water, using native plants, reducing the use of pesticides and fertilizers, reducing turf and treating the remainder in ways that keep down weeds, keep cuttings on the lawn. We look at how to handle stormwater in ways that will allow it to safely infiltrate in the garden, reducing pollution of streams and rivers. I encourage the use of (especially native) trees, shrubs and perennials to cool buildings, absorb rainwater, and host pollinators and birds.