My first thought on gardening is always the quality of the soil. To me, this is one of the most fundamental building blocks of a successful landscape. I think that healthy and stable soils are essential to continued agricultural success on this planet in general and I always try to encourage my clients to spend money on soil amendments even though we are talking about extra money spent and higher budgets. There is enough science involved in the growing of healthy plant material that there really is a process that needs to be adhered to when it comes to putting in gardens and larger landscape items like trees and shrubs. Certain basic principals apply because we are talking about living plants that require the same things as humans; nutrients, sunlight, water and aeration. The degree and amount of each of these things depends on the kinds of plants I am working with but the scientific structure is the same for all plant life on the planet.
Every year as spring draws nearer, I turn my attention again to another growing season and hope to participate with my clients in a wonderful adventure of creating natural beauty at and around their homes and businesses in a way that is fully sustainable.