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Restore your Land with Native Plants

The mission of Garden Cycles LLC is to control invasive plants and restore native plant communities Рwhile minimizing our carbon footprint. Most of our work is for municipalities in urban forests. However, we enjoy helping homeowners in backyard natural areas, stabilizing slopes with native vegetation, and transforming lawns to wildlife habitat.

For information, call Steve at (206) 650-9807; or e-mail:  gardencycles@hotmail.com

Note: The photograph above was taken in the early days of restoration, when government contracts required manual, off-site removal of invasive plants, resulting in obvious erosion and the inevitable regrowth of invasives from root fragments (Himalayan blackberry in this case). “Best practices” have since evolved, and we now carefully target invasive stems with cut & treat herbicide, leaving roots in the ground to hold and build soil. Or, we mulchcut blackberry thickets, leaving stems as mulch, and then spray a more dilute herbicide on shorter regrowth to better retain the soil sponge and fungal filter for stormwater runoff, the number one polluter of Puget Sound. We further prevent erosion by applying erosion-control fabrics and replanting deeper-rooted native plants.

Please consider the “eco-logic” behind herbicide use, and the science cited on our Philosophy page.

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