What we do
OUR LATEST PROJECT
Smart Yards is an ecological landscaping co-operative based in San Jose, California. We design, install and manage gardens with a focus on non-toxic, reusable and local materials, native and drought-tolerant plants, and rainwater and greywater systems.
Our goal is to create sustainable urban spaces that are regenerative and cost-effective for residents in Santa Clara County and beyond.
Why choose Smart Yards
Our gardens incorporate plant combinations that are both beautiful and functional as a complex ecosystem. Hummingbirds, chickadees, bushtits, cedar waxwings, thrushes, and phoebes, are some of the regular birds nesting and feeding in native gardens. Our inspiration comes from Bay Area, which inform our selection of grasses, perennials, shrubs, vines and trees.
Save water, energy, money and time
Native plants are drought tolerant and require minimum water. Native gardens do not need fertilizers and maintenance compared to traditional grass lawn which requires regular mowing and tons of fertilizers. In addition, drip irrigation systems and rain gardens keep the soil healthy and prevent erosion.
Bring beauty to your home
With help of permaculture design principles we create spaces that are both beautiful and functional. We expertly choose plants that provide seasonal interest and bloom year round. Design features such as, dry stacked stone structures and pathways provide space for recreational activities and are great for children and pets.
Our work is primarily based on permaculture design principles, which aim to develop sustainable gardens that provide for human needs and foster biodiversity and resilience. We create spaces that work in harmony with nature, without using synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or other such products that disturb the balance of the ecosystem.
Impact of our work
gardens done and more on the way
Million Gallon water saved per year
We celebrated this year’s Earth Month with a series of hands-on workshops on Ecological Landscaping and Permaculture Design. Several volunteers joined us to learn and work together to build a resilient community.