Sustainable Landscape Design
Equinox Landscape is a design/build company that can take your vision for your property from the idea stages through to completion. What distinguishes us from most other landscape design/build companies in Marin and Sonoma counties is the incorporation of organic gardening knowledge and Permaculture concepts into our landscape designs. Our designers will meet with you to collect your ideas, measure the space and make suggestions for plants, materials and features, all specific to your unique location. Depending on your needs, our designs can include drought-tolerant plants, native plants, edible plants, fruit trees, and vegetable gardens to minimize water use, while maximizing food production. Our ecological designs may include a dry creek bed to raise the water table on your property or route rainwater to other parts of the garden. Plants are grouped together to create not only beauty, but to attract beneficial insects and provide nutrients to the soil. Patios, trellises, pathways, decks, ponds and waterfeatures are artfully integrated as well.
Our designs are unique, practical and beautiful, reflecting years of landscaping installation experience and ecological awareness. Return to top
Sustainable Landscape Installation
Equinox Landscape installs both gardens it designs and those designed by other architects. We guarantee high quality craftsmanship with attention to detail, while using environmentally friendly, ecological garden installation techniques. Our installation crew is a group of seasoned professionals who are trained in masonry, carpentry, planting, drainage, concrete pouring, low voltage lighting, and water features.
Here are some of ways in which we build landscapes while
maintaining the integrity of the environment:
- Healthy soil can be created without bringing in new topsoil. When appropriate, we use a Permaculture technique called sheet mulching to revitalize the earth. Sheet mulching involves laying cardboard or newspapers on the existing soil, covering unwanted weeds, watering the cardboard/newspapers, then covering it with mulch. The cardboard/newspaper blocks the sun from getting to the weeds and eventually decomposes into the soil adding nitrogen, an important element needed in healthy soil.
- Recycled plastic (polymer) can be used for bender boards and, when requested, for decks.
- Plants are hand-selected from the finest local nurseries. Buying locally saves on pollution caused by the shipping process and guarantees that the plants are acclimated to your climate.
- Mycorrhizal fungi and compost tea are used to condition the soil for new plants.
Our gardens are beautiful, compelling, well designed and in balance with nature. Return to top
Organic Garden Maintenance
Equinox Landscape maintains landscapes in both Marin and Sonoma County using fine organic gardening techniques and permaculture principles. Our outstanding maintenance work continues to win awards from the California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA) year after year. As leaders in sustainable landscaping, we are proud that our maintenance division has won awards in both the sustainability categories and the regular maintenance categories, demonstrating that organic gardening is in no way less effective or less attractive than conventional gardening using pesticides. Our hope is that all gardeners will eventually switch to safe, organic methods of gardening to help nurture the earth back to health.
Equinox clients can expect complete landscape maintenance that includes fine organic gardening with in-depth plant knowledge and care, pruning, fertilizing, mulching, pest management, soil amendment, irrigation maintenance and general clean-up, all provided in an environmentally sensitive way. To learn more about how you can benefit, click here.
If you are interested in our Organic Landscape Maintenance Services, please call us at (415) 456-6480 in Marin or (707) 789-9786 in Sonoma to arrange for an appointment. Return to top
Irrigation Installation and Repair
Trained by the Marin Municipal Water District in water conservation, Equinox Landscape is skilled at balancing beautiful landscapes with water conservation. Marin and Sonoma Counties face water shortages routinely, causing the price of water to continually increase. To manage the use of water in your garden, your irrigation system should have a rain gauge and a timer that is programmed at different seasons to ensure a reliable source of water for your trees, flowers and shrubs, without over- or under- watering. Satellite controlled irrigation systems with soil sensors are also available to get exact watering needs for different parts of your gardens. But even the best irrigation systems eventually need maintenance. Punctured pipes, broken sprayer heads, timers malfunctioning are just some of the problems that occur over the years. In addition, relocating plants may require an adjustment to or replacement of your irrigation system as well. At Equinox, we have trained staff who specialize in meeting your irrigation needs. Return to top