Connect with nature in your own yard

Smart Yards landscape designs are inspired by colors, forms and textures that we observe in nature.  We create spaces that mimic wilderness and support local wildlife by incorporating plant combinations that are both beautiful and functional as a complex ecosystem. Our gardens form a chain of microhabitats that support threatened birds, amphibians, butterflies and pollinators. Native plants's adaptation to the seasonal and cyclical weather patterns makes them tolerant to both, flooding and drought. 


Recreational Spaces

 We create unique and well-crafted stone structures using an art form that has been used throughout the world for many centuries to build houses, walls, staircases and bridges. Dry stacked stone work is done without the use of mortar or glue to bind the rocks. Carefully selected stones are knitted together using a time-tested technique that forms an interlocking, load bearing structure that lasts for hundreds of years.


Take A Walk In The Garden

We create customized pathways depending on needs of our customers. Whether you want a simple gravel path, decomposed granite/ fine golds, flagstone path or pavers we can do it. Pathways enhance the landscape and are great for children and pets. 


Rain Gardens

Dry Creeks are an integral part of our landscapes. Rain gardens collect rainwater runoff from roofs, driveways, parking strips and other surfaces and use the chemical, biological, and physical properties of soils, plants, and microbes to remove pollutants from stormwater. 

Dry Creek with CA native plants


Chicken coops

Enjoy backyard fresh eggs and produce a very effective fertilizer. Add the poop to your compost bins or pile, which helps feed the soil and in turn your vegetable garden. A chicken coop provides your flock with a safe place to lay eggs, roost at night, protection from the elements and predators. Chicken coops come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and designs. The Smart Yards team will be happy to design and build your chicken coop.


Sustainable Irrigation Systems 

Greywater irrigation system in native landscapes uses wastewater from baths, sinks, washing machines, and other kitchen appliances except toilet. Unlike rainwater, which is only seasonally available in California, greywater is available every time we shower or wash our clothes. Smart Yards provides greywater irrigation system installation and management solutions that help conserve our precious water resources.

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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