Smart Yards Cooperative

We are a san josé based Ecological landscaping cooperative, specializing in California native and Drought tolerant plants.  

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What we do

 
Landscape Design and Installation We design and install beautiful landscapes that are easy on the planet, enjoyable for families, welcoming to the community, and economically feasible. Our designs and installations include, replacing front and backyard lawns with CA native plants, building and installing vegetable raised beds, chicken coops, compost bins, stack- stone retaining walls, stone and paver patios, fences and decks.  

Landscape Design and Installation

We design and install beautiful landscapes that are easy on the planet, enjoyable for families, welcoming to the community, and economically feasible. Our designs and installations include, replacing front and backyard lawns with CA native plants, building and installing vegetable raised beds, chicken coops, compost bins, stack- stone retaining walls, stone and paver patios, fences and decks.  

Irrigation and Water Management Did you know that a typical household uses more than 50% of urban water on landscaping irrigation? We can: Replace your lawn with CA native plants. Replace sprinklers with drip or micro-irrigation systems to deliver water directly where's needed and reduce waste. Retain rainwater on your yard and recharge your groundwater supplies by installing rain barrels or redirecting your rain gutter downspouts toward your landscape. Greywater re-use, connect your laundry, shower and sink to your landscape.

Irrigation and Water Management

Did you know that a typical household uses more than 50% of urban water on landscaping irrigation? We can: Replace your lawn with CA native plants. Replace sprinklers with drip or micro-irrigation systems to deliver water directly where's needed and reduce waste. Retain rainwater on your yard and recharge your groundwater supplies by installing rain barrels or redirecting your rain gutter downspouts toward your landscape. Greywater re-use, connect your laundry, shower and sink to your landscape.

Landscape Management We offer customized garden management programs to fit your garden's needs. The Smart Yards Co-op team specializes on CA native plants care. Whether designed and installed by our team or not, we make sure that your garden, including, edibles, CA natives, compost bins, irrigation systems, provide an overall aesthetically pleasing appearance for you and the surrounding community. Let us know if you're interested in this service and we'll send your more details of our practices and rates.

Landscape Management

We offer customized garden management programs to fit your garden's needs. The Smart Yards Co-op team specializes on CA native plants care. Whether designed and installed by our team or not, we make sure that your garden, including, edibles, CA natives, compost bins, irrigation systems, provide an overall aesthetically pleasing appearance for you and the surrounding community. Let us know if you're interested in this service and we'll send your more details of our practices and rates.

Education We collaborate with non-profit environmental and socially responsible organizations, institutions, agencies, small businesses, local elected officials and community leaders to plan and carry outcampaigns to promote environmental awareness through sustainable landscapes hands-on and sense of place workshops. 

Education

We collaborate with non-profit environmental and socially responsible organizations, institutions, agencies, small businesses, local elected officials and community leaders to plan and carry outcampaigns to promote environmental awareness through sustainable landscapes hands-on and sense of place workshops. 

 
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    Smart Yards cares about my yard, the environment, their workers, our planet and my budget.

    I chose Smart Yards because they do excellent landscaping and garden management work at a fair price and because I want to live in a world that’s as workable and as fair as possible for everyone. I buy fair and direct trade coffee. I never patronize Walmart, Starbucks, fast food shops or big box book stores and it’s very important to me that I avoid home service providing businesses who pay low wages to the employees who actually provide their services.

    — Diane S., Willow Glen
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    Proud to be doing my part to conserve water, energy and to create a habitat butterflies and bees!

    Today Wade and I welcome 42 tender and beautiful California native plants to our front yard brought to us with love and ecologically sound practices by the fabulous Elizabeth Sarmiento and her Smart Yards Cooperative team. Can’t wait to see them bloom this coming spring and watch them grow!

    — Nancy
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    I prefer to think of the drudgery of doing another load of laundry as happily watering the trees

    Smart Yards Co-op designed and installed our back and front yards. The transformation from boring grass, well mostly weeds, was dramatic. Smart Yards installed all native shrubs and and plants. The bees, butterflies, and humming birds love the yard almost as much as we do. Smart Yards also planted dwarf fruit trees and installed a grey water system to provide water to the trees. Smart Yards designed a delightful native garden with fine stone work for access and outdoor enjoyment. I highly recommend Smart Yards Co-op

    — Mark Merritt
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    We're extremely pleased with the result and our choice of SmartYard Coop

    Smart Yards transformed our backyard with a well-executed, distinctive design. We had water conservation and California drought-resistant plants in mind. After discussing various options, Elizabeth created a design integrating flagstone breakers, pebble walkways and islands of plants that made the concept come alive. Her crew, led by Ramino, worked very hard, with great skill installing the irrigation system and doing the precision stone work. All were a pleasure to work with.

    — John Fensterwald
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OUR LATEST PROJECT

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About Us

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

 
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Sustainable design

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.

 
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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. 

 
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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. 

 
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Organic living

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 

 

35

gardens done and more on the way

2.5

Million Gallon water saved per year

 
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Educational Workshops

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.

 

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