Philosophy and Practices

Our motto pretty much says it all: “Respecting the wisdom of Mother Nature.” With that overriding theme to inspire us, we realize that people have busy lives to lead, budgets to maintain and yards to tend. So here are some basic concepts and practices we employ that help integrate the ideal and the practical.

  • Select the right plant for the right place. The  best low-maintenance plant is one that needs little pruning.
  • In most situations, consider natives first, then drought-resistant non-natives. We avoid the use of invasive plants.
  • Reduce turf grass to areas intended for children’s play, or outdoor games, to set off landscaping beds or as pathways to more natural areas. Grass tends to be the most water, chemical and labor-intensive part of the home landscape.
  • Group plants together with similar water needs to preserve precious water, better accommodate the plants, and save you money. Trees and shrubs do not have the same water needs as turf grass, even though many irrigation installers don’t account for differences.
  • Diversity in plants makes for stronger eco-systems and healthier yards.  We like mixed hedges and natural areas, and discourage monoculture plantings.
  • Use organic products whenever possible. We use worm castings, Neem oil, slow-release fertilizers and mycorrhizal fungi to enhance the health of plants, invite pollinators, and foil pests.
  • Continual improvement of soil is essential, for it is what sustains the Earth. We believe compost is good. Mulch is necessary.