“First, do no harm.”
“Every land use decision we make will have a positive or negative effect on the land in our care. We strive to understand and preserve existing elements that benefit the whole ecosystem––indigenous plants and soils, wildlife corridors and habitat, riparian buffers and watershed drainage, mature trees and shrubs. We minimize the use of inputs that impact existing local ecosystems, such as fertilizer and water, and avoid adding any toxic materials to the land in your care.” - NOFA Organic Landcare Program
Mowing The grass- ecologically
Mowing the lawn is the most common act of landscaping. By implementing ecological mowing practices we have a huge opportunity to help build health in the environment - and have grass that stays greener, longer.
recognizing and Connecting Ecologies
Observation and recognition of different types of ecologies is essential to a successful, beautiful landscape. If we observe and learn what kind of ecology nature expresses in that area, we can work with the plants that will most like to be there. “Right plant, right place”, this increases our chances for success, and the resilience of the natural environment.
the Birds and the Bees - Pollinator gardens and meadows
One of the most powerfully good things we can do for the environment is to support the life at the bottom of the food chain. To do this, we mimic the conditions that the natural ecosystem wants to express, maintain wild areas, and use native plants in our designs. Fill out a “nectary calendar” so that we know there will be flowers blooming in Spring, Summer and Fall.