Our focus as fine gardeners is on garden maintenance. This goes back to our philosophy of working with the land and getting to know your garden well. We have lots of experience in maintaining your existing garden as-is, or gradually transitioning it to a more sustainable, native garden at a pace you and your budget are comfortable with; quickly or over the course of a few seasons.
We offer the use of Integrated Pest Management and avoid all chemical pesticides
We use only non-chemical, organic fertilizers and materials
We have experience replacing traditional lawns with natives grasses
We can prune and care of your fruit trees and shrubs, to ensure good harvest and long-term health
We have experience growing vegetables for your table in both garden beds and planter boxes
We can create and manage your own composting system onsite
As with all our services, you only pay for our time and materials (passed on at cost). We have a minimum commitment of 1 day (6 hours) per month that we ask of our maintenance customers.
Outside of day to day maintenance, larger gardens also can benefit from a garden manager that takes a longer term, more invested approach to your garden. For clients that do not need a full-time manager, we offer all the same services but on a part-time or as needed basis. These services include:
Assembling and management of a stable garden crew for your estate
Management of ordering, deliveries, and up-keep of existing garden infrastructure
Maintenance of indoor plants and weekly floral arrangements
Management of edible gardens, including planning, planting, crop rotation, pruning, harvesting, composting, introduction of bees, and maintenance of year-round planting schedules
Managing the array of specialists that you may need (Arborists, Irrigation Specialists, Apiarists, Electricians, Pool and Pond Specialists, etc …) to keep you garden functioning optimally and looking great
Management of water reduction efforts (programing timers, rain/grey water systems, tracking/planning consumption, regular mulching, etc …)
We have over 15 years experience with working on estate gardens, and are sensitive to the concerns of our larger clients. We have plenty of references available upon demand and are happy to work with you to manage everything on your property, outside of your home.
Design and Installation
At Wild Natives our focus is on long term relationships with our customers. As such, we do not currently offer design or installation as one-off, stand-alone services.
For our maintenance clients, we offer both design and installation in an informal, collaborative manner as part of the maintenance process. The following are some of the services we currently offer our maintenance customers:
Site surveys, garden and irrigation maps, and consultation about your existing plantings
Soil testing and amendment
Design of new native beds, accompanied by sketches and plans, if needed
Custom Pinterest pages to allow you to direct the aesthetics of your garden
Plant lists, and the management of the ordering and delivery of plants
Installation of plants, trees, planters, smaller irrigation and lighting systems
Addition and maintenance of grey/rain water catchment systems
Management of irrigation specialists, arborists, apiarists, and licenced contractors
Clients can freely choose between all our services with the comfort of knowing that you pay the same hourly rate for our time, irrespective of what we are doing for you. We pass on all materials at cost, same as any specialists that we introduce you to, allowing us to focus solely on what's best for you.