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Why choose Smart Yards
Smart Yards is an ecological landscaping cooperative based in San José, California. We design, install and manage gardens with a focus on urban permaculture and regenerative principles: California native and drought tolerant plants; use of local and recycled materials; storm rain management through permeable patios, rain gardens and rainwater catchment systems; installations of greywater (Laundry to Landscape) systems.
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. We use sustainable irrigation systems such as, drip irrigation systems and rain gardens that 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
Our focus for this year Earth Month was to understand the permaculture design principles: the benefits of capturing rainwater and using grey water for outdoor irrigation.