Buried Treasure Found
Do you love stories of buried treasure found? Most of us have at one point dwelt for a moment on how neat it would be to find a jar of gold coins buried on our property. Before I was born, my dad did exactly that, at his parents’ Mount Tamalpias home. Going back years later, he dug but could not find the jar of stored wealth. Did someone else discover his stash? Or did he simply forget where he had buried it? Now it’s too late to find out, since there are new owners who probably don’t want holes or strangers in their yard. But what if he had known what I’m about to tell you? He could have avoided all that digging and the loss of some precious metal coins worth a lot more than their mint value today.
I don’t want you to make the same mistake, not that you necessarily would do what my dad did, but I’m excited to share with you my method of getting a lot of money out of the ground your home sits on.
Continue reading Is $75K Buried In Your Soil?
How to Easily Reverse Desertification
In my experience as a designer and an intuitive, forest destruction is the single most dangerous activity of mankind. The result of taking out trees is the decline of the landscape toward desertification, or entropy. I’ve always shaken my head at the mainstream tale we’ve been told about entropy being Earth’s natural tendency. If you’ve spent as much time gazing into Nature as I have, you probably agree that this is a flat out lie. To anyone watching, natural systems move automatically toward a climax ecosystem state unless they are disturbed to a degree that breaks down the inherent ability of the system to recover. In extreme cases of deforestation, true deserts occur, such as the Sahara in Africa.
An Egyptian Take On Desertification
Speaking of the Motherland, on the subject of desertification I find the research of those wise and brave enough to disregard Egyptology to be important here. They are the most fun researchers and writers IMHO (in my humble opinion) because they are boldly willing to pass right by the misinformation campaigns fed to the world. Continue reading Desertification Reversal Isn’t Only Possible, It’s Simple
Raw Land As a Cash-Cow: How to Make Extra Money at Home
If you’re not earning income from your property, you might be wasting its potential. If you’re serious about learning how to make extra money at home, why not transform your landscape into a living ATM?
I’m talking about permaculture design. Transforming your yard into a productive oasis is the most sustainable shortcut to long-term returns. And in this post, I’ll teach you exactly how to do it. If you’re unsure about transforming your existing property, what if I told you a permaculture master plan could save you money on materials and labor while offering you the potential of an income-generating cottage industry you can operate from home?
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When Shade Garden Plants Need “Partial Shade”
If you’ve ever tried to read plant tags at a garden center, you probably noticed pretty quickly that each grower puts different information on their tags. It can be difficult to wade through the range of information provided for every plant you want to take home. In the shade garden plants section, when a tag says “partial shade,” what does that mean?
Continue reading Shade Garden Plants: What Does “Partial Shade” Really Mean?
Slope Allows Sophisticated Backyard Water Features
If you’ve ever looked at rural property advertisements, you’ve probably noticed that flat is desirable. It seems like everyone wants a level piece of land, and for good reason, because it’s easier to put a house there. But what if I told you that a property with some slope is highly valuable? I have transformed many formerly unusable outdoor spaces by creating innovative backyard water features you wouldn’t expect.
Continue reading Backyard Water Features: How I Turn Hills Into Fountains
When it comes to landscape, most of us think about being outdoors when the sun is out, too. What tends to happen is that Springtime rolls around each year and we all come out of our nests like baby birds ready for first flight. Continue reading Timing of Contemporary Landscape Design
I usually try to be in several places at once by multi-tasking. Physically, I have offices in Oregon and California. As one of probably many landscapers in Los Angeles, I see many properties facing climate issues that my Portland, Oregon, clients only deal with during their hot, dry summers.
Landscaping Los Angeles is, to me, an opportunity when handled with sustainability in mind. The semi-arid Mediterranean climate offers a diverse set of challenges. I like challenges.
Continue reading Being One of the Landscapers Los Angeles Has On Hand Allows Me to Make a Difference