ECOLOGICAL MASTER PLANNING
This process begins by the observation and assessment of the land and its' unique ecological opportunities. A vision is then created for the space that utilizes the typography and resources in an efficient and sustainable manner.
A method of design that is rooted in observing the natural ways of the Earths' systems. Permaculture design teaches us how to create a style of living that has the resiliency and stability that mimics nature. There are many positive solutions to awaken efficient and sustainable systems for food production, water supply and distribution, shelter, and much more.
CALIFORNIA NATIVE HABITAT
Native habitats are groups of plants that have naturally existed together in a community for many generations. The specific combinations of plants in a bio-region creates a unique ecosystem of plants, animals and insects that promotes a healthy and sustainable environment.
Xeric habitats consist of plants that have adapted to an extremely dry environment. California's dry weather creates a great environment for these types of plants.
CLIMATE APPROPRIATE FOOD PRODUCTION
Food that is grown in its' preferred climate and environment. This creates a stable amount of food production as well as a more quality crop.
This begins with a deep level of observation and understanding of natural waterways and slopes within the specific site being redesigned. We ensure that in each landscape we touch, all water falling on that landscape is efficiently directed and used. One way to navigate the water through the property effectively is through site-specific creek beds. The water used to irrigate the property can be hooked up to a grey water system or a rainwater storage tank.
WATER EFFICIENT IRRIGATION SYSTEMS
Slightly used water that typically feeds out of the bathroom sinks, washing machines and showers. This water is cleaner than black water (which is water from kitchen sinks and toilets) and can be re-routed and used to irrigate most garden plants. Utilizing the available greywater heavily reduces the use of potable water saving both money and precious resources. "Reusing greywater for irrigation reconnects urban residents and our backyard gardens to the natural water cycle."
A very efficient conservation method of capturing and storing fresh rain water from roofs, sidewalks, landscapes and driveways. A large majority of fresh rain water today is under-utilized and wasted from the poorly designed landscape and infrastructure. We have a range of techniques to navigate the rainwater and drainage through the property to a storage tank for future use.
PATIO + LANDSCAPE STRUCTURES
Patio + Landscape Structures
Erosion and landslides happen when there isn't a self-sustaining vegetation stabilizing the sloping earth. The use of proper living plants is highly beneficial because they become rooted and intertwined into the soil and neighboring plants which secures the earthen soil from further erosion.