Eco-Landscaping

Installation, rescue, and maintenance
Chemical-free weed management
Woodland restoration
Lawn reclamation

 

"I reached out to Sherrilyn late in the season to request an annual re-plant and general spring clean up. She was able to fit me in on just a few days' notice, and ended up working 2 days in the pouring rain! Our garden looks beautiful, and we have received so many compliments from our neighbors. Sherrilyn's dedication to her clients and integrity of the work is second to none." — S.D.

"It's a new experience for me to have a person–a woman!–working in my yard who I can approach easily and learn so much from." — M.B.

"You brought my gardens back to life!" — L.F.

Our Principles

1. We create garden designs that are beautiful and eco-friendly. We embrace biodiversity, native plants, attractive ornamentals and edibles, and flowers that restore pollinator habitats. We encourage ecosystem-strengthening practices like composting, woodland restoration, and lawn-to-garden transformations.

2. We do careful work, employing best practices in sustainable gardening. We place new plants at the correct soil depth and spacing to ensure lush growth and long-term health. We preference hand tools like hand pruners and loppers rather than gas-powered hedge clippers. These practices are not only kinder to plants and limit pollution, but also prevent overpruning and yield more attractive shapes. We specialize in rejuvenation pruning that restores shrubs and trees to their former glory. We spread mulch by hand so that plant crowns can breathe and gardens receive all the benefits mulch provides.

3. We use Integrated Pest Management. IPM includes multiple methods to address garden problems, with non-organic chemical solutions and non-selective pesticides only as a last resort. We can rescue our plants without damaging the surrounding habitat.

4. We are committed to helping our clients learn more about using plants to strengthen our local ecosystem, beautify living spaces, and provide healthy food.


Samples of Our Work

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At Eating for the Ecosystem, we focus on each plant's health with every service we provide.

Our installation services begin with design (including native plant options), soil testing, and soil replacement or amendment as necessary. We install trees (in spring and fall), shrubs, perennials, ground covers, and annuals, including edibles and herbs if requested. Your new garden may include edging, walkways (stone or mulch), plant supports, or decorative elements. We complete garden installations with locally-sourced premium mulch, which will slowly decompose and further nurture the soil. Placement, planting depth, root care, and mulch application are all carefully done to ensure the plant's long term vigor.

EFTE work crews are available for spring and fall clean-up, garden rescue (from overgrowth and/or weeds), and routine maintenance. We weed meticulously and comprehensively; we know that proper weed removal requires root extraction. In some cases, this is easier said than done, particularly with garden bullies like goutweed, thistles, and English ivy. We have a toolkit of organic options to help manage any weed infestation. It is not necessary to use chemicals that damage our environment.

We also offer rejuvenation pruning. Perhaps you have a flowering shrub that barely flowers any more. Shrubs like hydrangea, rhododendron, red-twig dogwood, and flowering quince benefit tremendously from careful pruning. We can bring most struggling shrubs and small trees back to their former glory.

Our landscaping services also reflect our concern for the ecosystem by using hand-held people-powered tools. For instance, we use rakes and brooms rather than gasoline-powered blowers. Since we do not generally use gas-powered equipment, we do not use the gasoline to power the tools or to transport the (often large and heavy) equipment.

We employ Integrated Pest Management (IPM). IPM "is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices." (EPA) IPM incorporates monitoring, identification, prevention, and control. If any of your plants are suffering, we can help. We offer a variety of effective interventions, resorting to synthetic chemicals only when absolutely necessary.

It is our mission to improve people-plant relations, so we also offer educational services. If you would like to learn how best to care for your garden, our CEO Sherrilyn will teach you. She'll cover any topic you would like to learn, from weed identification to tool selection to shrub pruning to planting, and much more.

To get started, we recommend a home ecosystem consultation. If you already know the ins and outs of your home ecosystem, and want to hire an EFTE crew to provide specific landscaping services, please contact us. To expedite the process, tell us about your project, including your goals, growing conditions, and any challenges or problems that need to be addressed. We look forward to working with you.