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What Process Can I Expect?

After you fill out the contact form here are the steps you can generally expect:

  1. To schedule a designer visit on-site

  2. Design concept drafting process

  3. Design presentation, including a precise estimate

  4. Agree upon terms of service

  5. Installation implemented 

  6. Native plant plugs will establish deep roots rapidly and mature within a full season

  7. Installation maintained, where applicable (recommended, but optional)

Contact us today to get started. Let's go there!

What is Conventional Landscaping vs. Ecological Landscaping?

Essentially, conventional approaches focus on "controlling nature" and often utilize modified plant specimen. While this can appeal to the traditional sense of visually attractive landscaping, it can create several costly problems.

These problems can include: propagating invasive species, long-term maintenance needs, shorter plant life-span due to incapacity to withstand the range of weather, disease, shallow root systems, etc. These issues are cyclical..

In contrast, ecological landscaping works in cooperation with nature. Native plants are an important component insure your hard earned investment in a new landscape. They are most resilient to the range of weather in our area and the particular soil your residential or commercial property is built on. Their root systems establish with surprising depth, allowing them to soak up a lot of water and withstand drought in order to choke out the free space that weeds would normally fill. It is sustainable for people, birds, pollinators, and wildlife.

Is a No-Maintenance Landscape Possible?

To answer the question, we'll glance at the process first. The first two to three years post-planting require diligent garden maintenance to cultivate the desired outcome. At that time, it is reasonable to expect the garden beds to be full of mature plants with deep, interwoven root systems. Weeds are inevitable on some level, but the goal is to cultivate the flourishing of the desired community of plant life. In turn, the opportunistic weeds have few opportunities. 

 

After this point, the landscape will be low-maintenance compared to conventional landscape beds. Just like your home and car are never maintenance-free, regular upkeep is to be expected.

 

The Investment Protection Plan is a must-have for all new garden installations throughout the first two or three years. The greater the quality of your landscape investment, the greater the outcomes.

Process & Results
Maintenance

How Should I Budget for Landscaping?

Developing your dreamscape requires an upfront investment, and Roots Wild is the team you want ensuring you have long-lasting solutions. Relax as we guide the project from design to installation and through aftercare.

There are a number of factors that will determine how costly your project would be: complexity, amount of materials, number of elements, site accessibility, and scope to name a few. We work with a wide range of budgets. 

 

With that in mind, we strongly recommend a budget of 10-20% of the home value to develop your dreamscape. Payments are made in 3-4 installments.

We look forward to providing you with specialized, long-term results to match your financial investment. Contact us today and get one checked box closer to your dreamscape!

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What are Native Plants?

Native plants are those that developed in a particular local ecosystem naturally without human involvement. 

Why Use Native Plants?

  • Their return on investment: 

    • Expect investment dollars to compound through natural plant propagation from seed, rather than more dollars spent

    • Resilience to native pests, diseases, and weather

    • Mutual benefit within their ecosystem for birds, pollinators, soil, and other plant life means multiplication

  • Their low-er maintenance nature: 
    • At maturity, they cover the ground and block many undesirable weeds

    • Much deeper root systems equals no reliance on supplemental watering, meaning less of your time/money spent

  • Their health benefits: 

    • ​Beauty to enjoy from strong seasonal interest (color, bloom, texture, and plant health)

    • Seasonally supports birds and pollinators (butterflies and bees), adding site and sound appeal while directly benefiting the abundance of local food farms sourcing our local restaurants and groceries

    • Natural pollutant clean-up through their root system

    • Carbon dioxide extraction through their bountiful leaves and conversion to fresh oxygen

Methods

Small Sample of Plants We Use

Native Plants of Michigan

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