What level of service do I need?
Your level of service is determined by how independent you feel. Do you see yourself as a fairly handy person who just needs help planning? Then Silver will work well for you. Or, maybe you want to manage your own planting, but need coaching and guidance on the specifics. Then our Gold service will work well for you. Your Homeowner's Association may also have specific requirements for landscaping that may influence your choice of service-level
It's perfectly fine if you haven't decided what level of service you require. In our initial conversations, I will help you uncover your needs for your project.
How should I prepare for our first meeting?
Of course, the more specific your vision, the faster we will be able to develop the perfect design plan. Generally, I recommend clients have the following things prepared for our first meeting together:
- 5-10 inspiration pictures: Pinterest, Houze.com, magazine clippings, etc.
- Desired timeline for implementation
- Preliminary idea on implementation for hardscaping (if desired)
- Knowledge of any HOA restrictions (when applicable)
- Site measurements including, but not limited to:
- Property lines
- Existing planters and walkways
If you are starting from square-one, I can help you begin to formulate your vision to begin the process.
What is water-wise/Xeriscape design?
Xeriscape encompasses the following principles.
- Minimizing turf like grass, lawn, etc. Minimizing turf does not mean eliminating all turf. You might want some turf for playing, walking, and pets. But, you will want to trim away unnecessary turf.
- Grouping plant materials that have similar soil, light, and water needs together.
- Improving the soil efficiency by adding with organic materials to increase water absorption and plant health.
- Using "burms" and "swails" to keep water percolating back into your soil instead of running off into the street.
- Mulching to retain moisture, slow evaporation, and protect plant roots from overheating.
- Using the right watering schedule and equipment to minimize water consumption.
Should I take out my lawn and put in concrete to save water?
NO! Contrary to popular belief, concrete is a poor choice if you want to conserve resources. Concrete is a non-permeable surface, meaning it prevents water from percolating into the soil. Concrete disrupts the natural water cycle, preventing the natural filtration of water into the water table. On a community-level, just pouring concrete causes more harm than good. It also retains heat in the space, increasing your air conditioning needs for your home.