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November 23, 2020 0 Comments

Storm Water Solutions for Dry Urban Areas

Storm Water Solutions to Drought

I’ll bet you never think about storm water solutions when walking in your neighorhood.  You may have noticed your local landscape seems stressed out by drought.  A walk can tell you a lot about the outside factors affecting your property.  Working with permaculture is one of the most effective ways to restore soil, increase plant health, add shade, and attract beneficial wildlife.  You can also lower your water and power bills by choosing permaculture instead of traditional landscaping.  But did you know permaculture reverses drought?

You’ll notice when you walk through your neighborhood that some yards are green and lush while others look tired and dry.  Of course some families irrigate and others try to save on their water bill by letting their lawns go brown in the summer.  But there is a lot more happening in the majority of urban and suburban yards than might be obvious at first glance.  Most families don’t realize that they can lower their water bills with a few simple techniques.

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October 14, 2020 0 Comments

Destructive Maintenance

Can Yard Maintenance Services Cause Damage?

Yard maintenance services are destroying your yard and the wider landscape. People have begun to take notice and speak up about this hidden danger.
In case you missed it, the Pasadena Environmental Advisory Commission hosted a special forum last night on gas-powered blowers and other yard equipment.  I attended and was impressed with their consideration of destruction caused by typical mow-blow-and-go outfits.  I have a longstanding frustration with such companies, which are almost always uneducated and so do not know what they are doing to the plants and soil for which they are being paid to maintain.  Not only do they usually not have degrees or even basic training other than the use of gas-powered equipment, but the work they do is not licensed or regulated.
September 3, 2020 0 Comments

Conservation of Land Through Eco-Restoration

The Conservation of Land

The focus of my professional practice is the conservation of land.  I am here to restore it wherever I can.  I know in my bones that the earth posesses a highly evolved capacity to heal.  The degradation of the American landscape is easily reversible, yet  uneducated maintenance costs the homeowner and pushes the land toward entropy.

When I use permaculture to halt this destruction and restore the natural ecological evolution of a property, the homeowner stops needing maintenance, their power bill goes down, and they use less water.  I am serious about creating self-maintaining natural systems that sustain diverse forms of life.  Permaculture allows me to mimic those found in Nature, and the results are quick.

In light of ongoing rampant environmental destruction around the globe as well as destructive development and maintenance practices, I developed the following resources to help those interested in restoration ecology get a jump-start on their projects.

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March 23, 2020 0 Comments

Solutions to Deer Overpopulation

image: Deer OverpopulationWhat Can You Do About Deer Overpopulation?

Many of my clients in Oregon deal with deer overpopulation.  This manifests in deer coming onto their property and eating their plants.  When you invest in delicious food-producing plants, you want to eat them, not watch them be decimated by deer.  I recently advised a client who reached out with questions about how to deal with a lot of deer in her neighborhood doing exactly this.

The problem of deer overpopulation is in truth an issue of wildlife mismanagement.  Deer are a problem because their predators have been removed from the system.  I highly recommend advocating for protections for natural predators such as cougars, bears, and wolves.  These animals rarely attack humans and are vital to a healthy regional ecosystem.

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March 18, 2020 0 Comments

How to Be Prepared with Edible Landscaping

Edible Landscaping Is Food Self-Reliance

With a sudden pandemic, supplies emptied from store shelves, and the stock market crashing to levels not seen since the eighties, you might be thinking like a prepper these days.  The folks who’ve been stockpiling food, water, and ammunition could have been right to prepare.  But what steps can you take to become more resilient to the ever-mutating coronavirus if you’re starting now?  From an ecological perspective, edible landscaping is one of the smartest investments you can make.

It’s Spring, and despite the quarantine and isolation directive we’re all under, the birdsong stands in sharp contrast to the dire warnings of the media and government.  Since we’ll all be spending more time alone, now is the right time to start or get back into gardening. Food self-reliance is a good feeling, and it could become an important way to keep your loved ones healthy during this international crisis.

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February 11, 2020 0 Comments

Tree Removal Service For A Canary Island Pine

Tree Removal Service for a 75 Year-Old Stunner

image: tree removal service for canary island pineA former client of ours recently took advantage of our complimentary email Q&A following completion of her permaculture master plan.  Her neighbors felt a little afraid that the tree might fall on them in high winds.  The previous week had presented us all with several days and nights of windy weather, and one of the Pine’s limbs had broken in the storm.  The tree removal service for trimming hadn’t shown up for the appointment she had made prior to contacting me.  As with most things, the unintended pause allowed her intuition an opportunity to breathe.  She was able to voice her suspicions that the missed appointment had happened for a reason, maybe that the tree should not be taken down.
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January 14, 2020 0 Comments

How To Attract Beneficial Wildlife to Do Your Yard Work For You

Did you know that wild creatures perform what are called ‘ecosystem services’ and that if you provide habitat for beneficial wildlife they can help you reduce your maintenance and utility costs while increasing your property value?

Take a look at this short video to learn more and get a FREE strategy specific to your property by signing up HERE.

It’s easy to lower your landscape maintenance bills by attracting beneficial wildlife. You can use permaculture to create a low-cost, food-producing oasis in your yard.

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