personal garden guidance
Getting Started & Your First Session
There’s so much more we can teach you than what we’ve already shared, but we can’t start teaching until we start working together. If you’re ready to see whether we can accept you as a client, the next thing we need to do is determine whether we’re a good fit to work together.
Since we want to provide you with a stellar experience during every garden guidance session, we have some qualifications to make sure you are a very specific type of client:
- We only work with organic gardeners concerned about sustainability. We won’t work with you if you use — or want to keep using — RoundUp, Amdro, MiracleGro, Scott’s and other common herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers. These are NOT brands we use, and we won’t recommend them to you for your yard. These synthetically produced fertilizers and poisons are bad for humans, bad for animals, and bad for our environment.
- You want to develop an ecosystem on your property that provides habitat for beneficial creatures, and you understand that using a wide variety of native plants of Texas and the southwest is a vital component to this process. If you want to use common annuals (like pansies, marigolds, or ornamental kale, for example) as your main source of color and bloom in your landscape from season to season, then our services and guidance will not be a good fit for you. When you tear out and throw away annuals each season, you are NOT creating an established ecosystem; instead, habitat for beneficial creatures is destroyed each time masses of plants are removed from your landscape.
- You live in Arlington, Texas, or within our service area (a 30 mile radius around Arlington, Texas).
- You understand that we absolutely do not sell — and do not recommend — plants that are listed as invasive species in Texas. Plants we shun include many that are commonly sold in DFW nurseries, like: Vitex, standard Nandina, Bermudagrass, Chinaberry Tree, Chinese Pistache, English Ivy, Chinese & Japanese Privet, Pampas Grass or any of the other nearly 200 species of invasive plants. These plants crowd out native flora, and do not provide the habitat that our native fauna need to thrive.
And that’s it! If all of these points reflect your personal approach to gardening — or if you want to LEARN HOW to garden organically and sustainably — then you are exactly the kind of client we can best serve. Because we’re a good fit, you can always expect great things as we work together. So, let’s get started!
TRY PERSONAL GARDEN GUIDANCE FOR FREE
At this point, you probably want to know how much personal garden guidance costs. We’ll get to that shortly, but first we want to do something completely crazy:
We want to give you
several hours of our time and expertise
Yes, you read that right.
Once we’re certain we’re a good fit to work together, your first personal garden guidance session will be totally free.
Why would we do that?
Great question! Our reasons are:
- You want and need the information we’ll share with you as we work together.
- You’ll be satisfied and pleased with what you learn — we’re sure of it!
- Your confidence as a gardener will grow.
Bottom line? We’re certain you’ll love what you learn during your free first session. In fact, we’re so certain about it that we don’t want the cost to prevent you from trying personal garden guidance for yourself.
There’s one more reason we make an incredible offer like this:
Helping you succeed at gardening is what we love to do!
Try a personal garden guidance session for free and see for yourself how awesome it is to have expert,one-on-one instruction as you work on your yard and your DIY landscape projects.
Let’s get started!
At this point, you’re probably wondering what you should expect once we start working together.
We’re glad to answer that for you!
Once we’ve determined that we’re a good fit to work together, we will set a day and time for your free consultation and ask you to send us pictures of your property. The pictures you send will enable us to start working in advance of the meeting with you at your home.
From your photos, we can determine things like:
- what existing features you have that can be enhanced to make your landscape more beautiful
- whether you have “mystery” plants on your property that need to be identified
- structural features that would be more beautiful softened, or accented, with plants
- any potential drainage, maintenance, or structural issues
- plants that should be relocated so they will thrive
- whether your yard has invasive or alien plant species that should be removed
We will also be able to see how your home is situated on your property, what style and color your house is, the layout of your sidewalk and driveway (and any other hardscapes or structural features on your property), and similar style and design issues. These are all major factors in the recommendations we make to you, so when we review your photos in advance it gives us time to research and be prepared with as much knowledge as possible before we meet with you.
YOU AND YOUR PROPERTY – TELL US MORE
Along with reviewing your photos, we need to understand a bit about you and your family, as well as how you want to use your property, so we will converse with you by email about these matters before we come for your first session. Important factors for us to consider are — for example:
- Whether you have children, how many you have, and their ages
- this is obviously a critical matter, since spaces that children use must be safe and non-toxic!
- The kinds of pets you have, and how many
- we understand that safety is an issue for your fur babies, too 🙂
- How long you have lived in your home
- How much of the landscaping was done by you, and in what period of time you completed it
- Which features of your yard you really like and why
- What area(s) are frustrating to you and why
- Your #1 priority for improving your property and your timeframe for getting it done
Knowing all this will make our first meeting together on your property extremely productive!
YOUR FREE PERSONAL GARDEN GUIDANCE SESSION
Before we come, we will finalize with you an agenda for your free personal garden guidance session. During the two hours we are on your property, we will work one-on-one with you on the agenda items. A sample agenda could be:
- Demonstrate pruning of Bradford Pear Tree & teach homeowner how to do it
- Discuss /demonstrate relocation of Texas sage bush to sunnier spot
- Discuss / determine location of raised beds for vegetable garden (to be built soon by homeowner)
If there is time remaining after we’ve worked on the agenda items, we will be glad to answer any other questions you have about plants in your yard, areas you want to improve, or ideas you have about future projects.
In addition to the two hours of hands-on help we provide during your free garden guidance session, we will also email you notes from the session so you have that information on-hand for future reference.
PRACTICE & WORK WITH THE INFORMATION YOU LEARNED
Once you have received the notes we email you after your free garden guidance session, it will be up to you to practice and apply the techniques we showed you, and to work on your projects according to the information you learned as we worked together on your property.
To keep getting personal instruction like you received
before, during, and after your free session,
the next step is becoming a regular garden guidance client.
MONTHLY GARDEN GUIDANCE
Here’s what you get every month when you become a regular garden guidance client:
- Two personal, on-property garden guidance sessions
- Each session is 2 hours in length and, before each one, we will work together to create an agenda for the session so the time is extremely helpful and wildly productive for you.
- Unlimited emails and texts
- We know you’ll have questions as you work on the various projects in your yard. So ask away! You can email us — for example — about plants you think you might want to buy, ideas you have that you’d like an expert opinion on, or to learn where to get organic amendments for your lawn. We’ll do the research and give you answers so you can concentrate on beautifying and personalizing your landscape.
- You can also text questions and pictures as you work on your projects. Obviously we can’t always respond right when you’re working but — often — we can. With unlimited text communications as part of your monthly garden guidance service, if you have a concern about one of your plants, or you encounter something you didn’t expect as you work on a project, it is possible you can get help with it right while you’re working on it.
- Detailed Session Notes
- After every garden guidance session we will email you notes from the session so you have the information on-hand, but don’t have to take time to make notes yourself while we’re working together.
- Ongoing Review of Garden Guidance Session Notes
- When you have a lot of tasks to keep track of — on top of all the other things going on in your life — it’s easy to forget about something you wanted, or needed, to do in your yard. But not when you’re one of our clients! On a weekly basis, we will review the email exchanges that have gone back and forth between us and will email you reminders to help make sure tasks aren’t being forgotten as you work.
- Phone calls
- If it becomes clear that a phone call together would make it easier to communicate regarding a question or problem you have, we will schedule one with you, if needed. Because we have already spent a lot of time working together — leading up to your free garden guidance session, and during it — phone calls are usually not necessary, so we schedule them if-needed/as-needed.
- Useful and Timely Text Reminders
- To help you keep track of things, we will text you occasionally about things like:
- Watering your new plants
- Maintenance issues to be addressed (e.g. – tree trimming, or lawn fertilization)
- Upcoming freezes, frosts, ice storms, or other bad weather
- Specific planting times for plants we know you want to add to your landscape (e.g. – tomatoes should be planted in March, or wait until October or November to seed your swiss chard
- To help you keep track of things, we will text you occasionally about things like:
As you can see, when we accept you as a client you’ll get almost unlimited access to experts who are working and learning in our own research and demonstration gardens most days of the week and nearly 365 days a year!
As our client, you will get answers, reminders, personal guidance, and hands-on instruction regarding all things to do with your sustainable landscape.
Ready to get started?