top left: a former rose
bed is converted to trial deer resistant plants, after
amending the clay soil with compost and lava rock to improve drainage,
early stages of a new installation that repurposed a hill of gravel, Napa.
above : partial view of a wrap around border after the first planting day, the grounds freshly ammended and mulched, Portola Heights
'on paper' to 'in
ground' A designer like myself who has literal hands-on
experience in breaking ground, hauling amendments, placing rock,
laying out irrigation, siting plants, etc., will use that knowledge to
efficiently and sensibly execute your project. Too often there are gaps,
in knowledge and experience, between designs on paper and the where, which and how plants are put in the earth.
I install my own designs to make
sure everything's done correctly. I also offer second
opinions and evaluations on other's designs, you can find out more on
my consulting page.
grounded While each site is different, sometimes the
soil on-site needs some improvement for existing or intended
plantings. Depending on the condition of the soil, I may suggest adding something
to break up clay or adding organic material for poor soils.
Since nature does not like bare earth, I may also
suggest a mulch to keep out weeds, regulate soil temperature, and conserve
I have been installing and repairing simple
irrigations problems for fifteen years
. I can also evaluate an exisitng system to see where
improvements can be made. As we are in a drought, and even if we weren't,
conserving water is a priority and a mark of good