Come join us as we help Denver move toward a sustainable community where our own yards are productive, beautiful spaces. We are experienced landscapers, gardeners and plant enthusiasts who enjoy fresh foods as much as you do. Through our passion for simple, long term design, we help make growing plants easy and economical for you. With all of us together, Denver can be at the forefront of water conservation, local food production and sustainability.
We want every home to be as self-sustaining as possible. If you eat a lot of salads, then we can help you grow the greens that you love and maybe some new varieties that are difficult to find in any of our local grocery stores. If you want to put up jams and jellies, we can help you choose plants that produce great fruits that fit with the environment around your house. Whatever you like to eat, we can help you find a place to grow it.
We treat water as a precious resource: We make good use of the water that comes down on our yards. It is illegal to permanently catch water that falls from the sky, so we route the water that comes off of roofs and move it to the plants and garden spaces that need it the most. If you have a grassy space that you would rather see turned into a productive garden, we use the sod to create swales to help hold in moisture from your own irrigation and from rain and snow. We use timed, pressure compensated drip irrigation to water garden spaces when natural moisture is not sufficient. Also, we are big promoters of mulch. This mimics how forests hold moisture in their soils. It is a layer of some woody material that protects the soil from the sun and also holds moisture in the soil instead of letting it evaporate into thin air.
We do this by re-using any sod you don’t want anymore and turning it into a swale. We reuse old path materials (concrete, bricks and rock) to divert water underground so it can get to the plant’s roots more readily. One of the most important things that we help each household with is incorporating an easy and well-used composting system. Compost is a great way to build the organic matter in your soil. This is the key to a long lasting, successful soil that will grow you the healthiest and most productive plants.
Every yard requires nutrients to be moved back into the soil. Compost is a perfect way to make sure that this happens. Compost is a mixture of “greens” and “browns”. “Greens” are generally vegetable and fruit scraps from cooking and unused plant parts from harvesting in your garden. These provide the nitrogen which is something all plants desperately need. “Browns” are generally leaves from the fall or some other dried out plant parts. Some people use shredded paper, which works, but it breaks down more slowly than leaves and we strongly oppose using paper that has been bleached or has toxic printing on it. Newspaper and paper bags are acceptable “browns”. “Browns” contain high amounts of carbon, which is another important element for developing a great soil.