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Design & Planning
Colma Creek Restoration Plan
Invasive Plant Management Plan
Cape Ivy Containment & Removal
Community-based Restoration Support
Habitat Conservation Plan Implementation
Happy Valley Creek Restoration
Inspiration Point Grassland Restoration
Lake Merced Coastal Lagoon Stewardship
Wildfire Prevention
Tilden Experimental Fuelbreak Project
Vicente Canyon Hillside Foundation Stewardship
Native Plant Landscaping
Mt. Sutro Native Plant Garden
Private Hillside Trail Construction & Native Plant Garden
Lawn Replacement with Native Plant Garden


Lawn Replacement with Native Plant Garden

CLIENT: Private Residence

Tired of mowing and daily watering of his residential lawn this client wanted a low maintenance landscape that would offer beauty and long-term savings. Here we utilized sheet mulching to eliminate the turf grass without having to dig and scrape to remove the lawn. Digging was only necessary for the construction of a winding path through the garden and for the installation of plant material.

Before After

To reduce water use in the landscape, we converted the existing pop-up sprinkler heads to a low-volume drip irrigation by simply removing the sprinkler heads and fitting drip tubing to the existing plumbing. A variety of California native plants were chosen for this garden to increase drought tolerance and decrease maintenance. A ground cover of wood strawberries suppresses weeds and offers valuable wildlife forage. Sonoma sage, hummingbird sage and wild currant were chosen for their aromatic foliage. While Ceanothus, bushpoppy, monkey flower and Douglas iris offer color blooms throughout the seasons


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