When designing for clients,  I always ask specific questions about maintenance first.  The most beautifully designed and planted gardens can fall apart after a year or two if maintenance isn’t performed correctly or at the right time.  I address maintenance for all of the gardens that I design in the following forms:

  • Performing the maintenance work for you (usually on a seasonal basis with 4 visits per year)
  • Coaching you or your gardeners / laborers for a season or two about caring for the new plants
  • A written maintenance plan that contains specific instructions for what to do and when
  • Creating a planting design that fits the existing maintenance regime you have / intend to have

I also perform seasonal maintenance for CA native / drought tolerant gardens in the East Bay that I haven’t designed.  I charge an hourly rate for fine gardening including, hand pruning, perennial and ornamental grass management, aesthetic / hand pruning, invasive species / weed identification and eradication, irrigation adjustment. I pride myself in utilizing practices that are good for the long term health of your plants, your soil and our planet.  I stay current on integrated soil and pest management practices. Many of these techniques allow for less chemicals to be used in your yard and will help keep your garden in excellent long-term health.

I am always happy to work toward the goal of phasing my maintenance services out by teaching clients and gardeners how to care for the plants in your yard.  The most successful gardens are those that the homeowner frequents.