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Are you interested in a new ecologically inspired approach which creates landscapes that are ·  beautiful and multifunctioning ·  built on sustainable and energy ‘wise’ principles  ·  visually work as an artful interpretation of nature rather than ‘decorative plant collections’ ? ·  can save you money, time and effort in the long run ? WHY A NEW APPROACH? Due to human development, our natural environments are increasingly under threat, resulting in loss of native plants and habitat, decline in pollinators for our crops and loss of healthy soils, clean air and water. Unfortunately, our traditional home landscape practices (use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, exotic and invasive plants, excess machinery, etc.)  are part of the problem as their focus is  mostly on creating beauty and comfort for people, often at the expense of the other creatures inhabiting the planet. WHAT IS CHANGING? More and more people now realize that nature is not just “nice to have” but literally is our life support system. Fortunately, a growing number of us in the landscape industry  have embraced greener, ‘Close to Nature’ practices, which I would love to share with you. HOW DOES IT DIFFER FROM TRADITIONAL LANDSCAPE PLANNING? While I am not a purist in my approach, I prefer to design with  native plants over exotic ornamentals (like lilacs and peonies), as natives offer nectar, pollen and seed sources as well as an overwintering habitat for our beneficial pollinators and wildlife when managed properly.  Further I educate my clients, if interested, on the importance of building healthy soils, managing storm water runoff, using on-site green resources (compost, leaf mulch), alternatives to traditional turf grass lawn and ‘greener’ fall and spring cleanup practices.  Visually speaking, these ‘Close to Nature’ landscapes are often layered gardens with native  ground covers underneath shrubs and trees. They consist of a variety of plants instead of individual plants in isolated, heavily mulched planting islands. When set into a strong visual framework  and layout with easy to read patterns, native landscapes are just as beautiful, if not more, as they reflect the beauty of nature as well as the homeowner’s environmental values. INTRIGUED AND CURIOUS TO HEAR SPECIFICS? During our initial consultation YOUR SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES AND GOALS ALWAYS COME FIRST and then, if you're interested, we can discuss how a  ‘Close to Nature’ approach can aid in creating and managing your future landscape.  I am looking forward to our landscape conversation!

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