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What does Urbafloria mean?


I combined the word Urban ( pertaining to Urban or Suburban) and Flora (related to flowers).  I work with clients that live in predominately suburban and urban areas, which I beautify through the use of California Native and climate appropriate plants. Every Urban/Suburban, flower filled garden I design is a positive impact on the planet.  Creating gardens that provide habitat for pollinators, eliminate pollutants, build healthy soil and save water, makes me feel good at the end of the day.


Will you do the installation for me?


There are three approaches to transforming your current yard into one you dream of. If you are the DIY type I can coach you through the process of planting your own garden. If getting your hands dirty isn't for you, I can work with a gardener or landscaper you already have a professional relationship with.  Finally, I can refer you to licensed contractors and you can choose the professional you like best.  Bottom line: I am flexible and happy to work in the manner that best suits you.


How much do you charge?


An initial consultation is $150.00.   This meeting generally takes about 1 hour, during this time we will walk the site and discuss your goals for the space.  To make the most of this time I suggest you complete an initial site plan.  The handout that will help you with this is here.  For the DIY homeowner, the consultation may be enough to get a project started. If after this meeting you decide you would like me to create a design plan for you, I will send you a proposal for anticipated design fees (within one week).  Design fees vary depending on the size, complexity and time frame of the project.  I am also available on an hourly basis for coaching and consulting.


How can I reduce my water bill by 25%?


The average home uses about 50% of its water outdoors, compared with an established drought tolerant garden that survives on rain fall alone, a water reduction of 50% is completely within reach.  I have helped many of my clients cut their water bill in half, by planting California native and water wise plants.  Even drought tolerant plants will need supplemental water while they are getting established, so you will use some water in the begining, but even this can be reduced by capturing water that falls through your gutters into rain barrels.


Should I use weed fabric?


The following explanation comes from http://www.g3gardengurus.com/faq/  I am one of their Garden Gurus and stand by their reasons for not using this highly UNsustainable product.


"There is NEVER a reason to use landscape fabric in your landscape. The Watershed Wise way to block weeds is putting down a decomposable barrier such as paper or cardboard, and heavily watering it to start the Soil Party. There are several reasons we do not recommend landscape fabric:


a) Landscape Fabric encourages weeds – Soil is blown or deposited on top of the fabric, creating the perfect conditions for weeds to germinate from seed. This is especially true when the fabric is put under large woodchip mulch or rocks, as in a dry creek bed. The result is that water is held against the mulch or rocks, creating the perfect microclimate for weeds!


b) Landscape Fabric does not encourage a Soil Party – Since the Soil Party is the key to healthy soil, and the diminishment of weeds, anything that slows down the decomposition of organic mulch into soil is a bad thing. We want mulch to have a direct connection to the soil so the Soil Party can do it’s thing and keep your plants happy and healthy!


c) Landscape Fabric clogs easily – Many new studies are showing that landscape fabric and sleeves cause clogging in subterranean structures, leading to failure of the system. For example, sleeves on perforated pipe are no longer encouraged. Also, placing fabric around retention basins is no longer encouraged. The only time a non-woven geotextile would be recommended is in the installation of a subterranean cistern, in which the clogging of the material is not a factor in the performance of the system. 


d) Landscape Fabric is mostly plastic – Why do we want to put plastic in our gardens if we don’t have to? When exposed to sunlight (mulch moves or rocks move), the fabric breaks down and becomes unsightly – it also isn’t working as a barrier any more.