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Our Sustainable Practices for Landscape & Garden Design

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Sustainable principles we incorporate into custom landscape design

Establish environments in harmony with nature

  • Create a sustainable ecosystem customized for the micro-climate of the site
  • Plant drought tolerant plants, such as those which are native to the San Francisco Bay Area or to one of the other four Mediterranean climate regions
  • Utilize natural physical and biological conditions to support a thriving, eco-friendly habitat
  • Design in balance with the contours of the land to take advantage of the existing features of the site

Create water-wise systems to reduce and conserve water use

  • Install efficient drip irrigation systems to optimize plant growth through direct root watering
  • Combine green areas with hardscape and use permeable materials to minimize water runoff
  • Use weather sensing watering systems to reduce water use, runoff and evaporation 
  • Provide options for a rain water harvest system

Minimize removal of materials from and importing of materials to a site

  • Incorporate existing plants and trees into the new design
  • Retain soil behind green walls or by creating living roofs
  • Recycle or re-purpose materials in new design where possible
  • Source quality materials predominately from local nurseries and suppliers 

Avoid chemicals and other toxins

  • Provide options for masonry or stone to reduce use of treated wood for hardscapes
  • Use non-toxic methods for weed elimination such as mulch, weed barriers, soil solarization and torching
  • Using organic fertilizers such as fish emulsion and compost

Reduce energy use through passive solar site design and micro-climate optimization

  • Design for maximum sun exposure in winter and shading in summer
  • Use plants or structures to shield site from prevailing winds
  • Store solar energy on site with stone or masonry floors, and walls on the north side of an open space
  • Build garden structures such as cabanas and pergolas with passive solar heating principles
  • Install solar photo-voltaic systems to power water features and outdoor lights