Professional Landscape Design since 2004
Los Angeles/Portland/San Francisco/Las Vegas
image: edible landscaping
March 18, 2020 0 Comments Sticky

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.

Read More

CDC Finally Admits COVID-19 Is No Worse Than Seasonal Flu

I hope this finds you resilient. To the fear, anxiety, and loss of basic rights that many Americans have endured because of the Coronavirus panic.

If you’ve been a reader for a while, you likely know I have an alternative perspective to mainstream, well, most everything. Don’t get me wrong, I speak up for the basic rights of U.S. citizens, animals, and the four elements. I appreciate police officers who uphold their duty to serve and protect. And I want a peaceful, safe world to venture out into. But throughout the past couple of months, I have stubbornly called this a panic rather than a pandemic. Never trustful of the media, owned mostly by Disney and/or 6 transnational for-profit corporations, I immediately became an alternative news junkie when the panic exploded. My sources have been few but fantastic, based in independent investigative journalism and scientific inquiry and military intelligence. It’s been quite a ride. And thanks to the information to which I was exposed during the crisis, I’m fortunate to be able to share this with you.

I will keep this short. I wanted to share this in case the media ignores it, like they have so much else while fear-mongering the country into near mass-hysteria. Please pass it on.

So here is the big news: The CDC finally announced the actual COVID19 numbers and they’re no worse than the seasonal flu!

Maybe now we can all get back to life? I miss so many things. I’m sure you do, too.

March 30, 2020 0 Comments

Natural Health and Wellness Tips During Coronavirus

Health and Wellness Tips for the COVID-19 Panic

As we all grapple with the changes brought to our world by the COVID-19 panic, I was inspired by something I saw this morning to offer some natural health and wellness tips, as well as the dose of joy and empowerment that permaculture has to offer all of us.
While even most hiking trails are now closed, many citizens are still able to take daily walks.  I hope you’re taking some time each day to breathe in the delights of Spring and enjoy what sounds like heightened birdsong in the absence of normal levels of motorized human activity.
This morning on my walk up to a 180 year-old Deodar Cedar tree, which just happens to have a perfect chair shape just up from its base,  I found this lovely scene:

Read More

image: Deer Overpopulation
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.

Read More

image: southern california permaculture tips
March 4, 2020 0 Comments

Top 3 Southern California Permaculture Tips

In Southern California Permaculture Can Really Shine

image: southern california permaculture tipsFor property owners or developers in Southern California, Permaculture can make the difference.  This ecological design discipline reduces long-term costs.  It also restores the landscape.  You can create habitat for threatened and endangered pollinator species, such as the Monarch Butterfly, use much less water, and grow healthier plants.  Permaculture is all about efficiency, and you can take advantage of its benefits.

Here in Southern California, where Eco-Logic is headquartered, drought is a major issue.  Mismanagement of the region’s landscape is a major cause of drought.  But this is preventable and reversible.  Simple “fulcrum moves” used in permaculture design allow you to reap big benefits for little effort.

Read More

image: tree removal service for canary island pine
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.
Read More

image: california water law
January 23, 2020 0 Comments

How to Keep Plants Alive Under California’s New Water Conservation Laws

New State Water Law Means Preparation Now

image: california water lawTwo recent bills make significant adjustments to water use and costs in California.  Here’s what you need to know and what you can do.

The two big issues we’ll cover are reduced water usage and increased water rates.  Senate Bill 606 and Assembly Bill 1668 went into effect in 2019 but won’t be enforced until 2021, so you have a little time to prepare.  But how should you do that?

Read More