The owner of this North End Heritage Property experienced excessive heat and dryness in a front yard due to a south-facing wall reflecting sunlight, and wanted to improve the health of his lawn and garden. We updated a storm gutter that drained into the basement to be directed away from the foundation and into a rain-garden. It is anticipated that the lens of water directed into the ground will rehydrate the lawn and garden and allow desired plants to gain a foothold over scotch thistle and Norway maple saplings with continued weeding management and mulch. This cost $72.79 in materials and around $400.00 in labour.
The owner of this North End Heritage Property has a garden bordering the driveway that experiences 30-45 degrees of slope over a height of 2 1/2 feet. Existing limestone retaining wall was unstable and insufficient. Our team and I created a wall with composite and gravel foundation to accommodate the grade. This cost about $2’500.00
This homeowner was looking to expand food security, ecological value and noise buffering using permaculture principals for her and her tenants and cat rescue. Together we created a staged 5-year plan and budget for each year for the client to implement herself. This was $200.00.
April – August 2020
Some old friends bought 6 acres on the south side of a drumlin in Lunenburg county. Experts already in their permaculture knowledge, they hired me to work with an earth mover to turn a black spruce forest into an advanced food system with woodlot. I surveyed the land and submitted a scale topographical map and cross section plan of the final design to the earth mover, along with a species map with suggestions of plants for different areas based on function. The design accommodated 30 vertical feet of grade in a way that respects our abundant rainfall, pacifying the flow of water and directing it into a pond for food and recreation, which itself discharges into the woodlot.