Our Landscaping installation process involves rigorous methods and carefully chosen materials to bring you the highest quality landscape available. Specific plant palettes are chosen with the client’s desires and existing site conditions in mind. We purposefully place pickable plants like blueberries on the edges of landscape beds for the easiest access. Further in the bed, out of arm’s reach, is where we place lots of wildlife attractants to lure in butterflies, bees, and native birds. Ground covers are also used as another layer with many benefits like reduced weed pressure and enhanced function. And for vertical elements in a garden, there are many options of vines to choose from. Using this layering technique makes for the easiest management, highest function, and is also very appealing to the viewer.
Our plant palette includes only edible, native, or wildlife-attracting plants. For each landscape, plants are chosen with each client and the existing site in mind. Although, light conditions can be a limiting factor there are a variety of plants for every spectrum of light. In the case of ground covers, for example, a bed of thyme does well in part sun, strawberries or Greek Oregano are perfect in full sun, while Vietnamese cilantro or Cuban oregano are excellent choices for full shade. There are many options available and we can help you with the best choices for you and your garden.
We use well draining soil and inoculate the soil with worms grown at our local urban worm farm. Worms are essential to soil and plant health because they help break down organic matter into nutrients that are readily available to plant roots.
We fertilize our landscapes with locally sourced rabbit poop which is an incredible fertilizer that is sustainably sourced. The natural pellet form allow for gradual release over time which contributes to overall plant health.
We use locally sourced pine straw as a mulch which helps reduce weed pressure and maintain moisture levels in the soil. Read more about why pine straw is a better mulch choice here.
We use a higher edging than traditional landscapers because it allows you to completely opt out of the poor soil conditions that are common in urban settings. This type of deeper bed allows for better drainage and more flexibility within the plant palette available.
FOOD FOREST TIME LAPSE
Watch this time lapse video to get a glimpse of the installation process. This is our modern take on the food forest which pairs high utility with contemporary standards of beauty. Winding paths add interest and allow more access to plant varieties within the beds.
Consultation & Planning
WHAT IS A FOOD FOREST?
Food forests are an ancient method for food production that emulated the natural forest ecosystem. This type of design meant that the garden worked as a cohesive system, reducing labor and time needed to produce food.