About Garden Cycles

 

Garden Cycles proprietor Steve Richmond

Steve Richmond discovered his love of nature twenty-some years ago while studying in Moscow, Russia, during a long winter (spring didn’t arrive ‘til May!).  Upon his return in 1995, he started working for nurseries and landscapers, and freelance gardening for neighbors – always commuting by bicycle. In 2003, he joined the Washington Native Plant Society and completed their Native Plant Stewardship Training. Shortly after, he was hired by the sole private restoration company in Seattle, and in 2005, Steve began full-time restoration as “Garden Cycles,” using a bicycle and trailer as his primary transportation. Steve enjoys sharing his experience and is proud of his work restoring parts of Longfellow and Puget Creek in West Seattle.

Garden Cycles has some of the most dedicated practitioners in the field – five are trained Forest Stewards (they volunteer and lead restoration efforts around the city) – with experience dating back to the restoration efforts following the Mt. St. Helens eruption.

What we do

  • Plant native trees, shrubs, and groundcovers
  • Remove/control invasive plants
  • Brushcut blackberry thickets
  • Apply herbicide (invasive tree injections, cut & treat applications
  • Spray knotweed
  • Suggest native plants for wildlife, drought tolerance, and erosion control
  • Spread wood chips
  • Install Rain Gardens
  • Sheet mulch and hand weed
  • Transform lawns to native plant habitat
  • Prune fruit trees, shrubs (up to 12 ft.)
  • Install surface drip irrigation
  • Work on steep slopes; install erosion prevention fabrics, restore native vegetation
  • Work with homeowners, municipalities, and non-profits.

Garden Cycles is a licensed, insured, and bonded specialty contractor (GARDEC*932JF).  Along with the spread of invasive species, Garden Cycles’ crew has grown from one to over a dozen employees depending on current projects.

Garden Cycles' crew of "Forest Stewards"

Most crew time is spent working for city and county municipalities battling invasive species in forested parks and greenbelts: Fauntleroy Park, Schmitz Preserve, Lincoln and Westcrest Park, Hamilton Viewpoint and the Duwamish Greenbelt. For private homeowners, most of what we do is “vegetative management” on steep slopes for long-term erosion stability. And we love to convert lawns to wildlife habitat and install rain gardens.

Rain garden

Rates

Rates are variable, depending on the acreage of the job (bulk rates for municipalities, discounts for immediate neighbors). Mileage & travel time are charged outside of West Seattle.

For slope and herbicide work, we generally charge $50/hr with a 4-hour minimum. We can’t compete with uninsured, unlicensed mow-blow-and-go landscapers, but if you’re wanting a sustainable landscape that saves maintenance and time, the investment may be worth it. We have to account for the risky nature of our specialty, for added licenses and training, for sustainable transportation choices (recovery time), and for livable wages.

References are available on request – referrals are appreciated!  Thank you for your interest and efforts in native plant restoration.

Steve Richmond
(206) 650-9807;  fax (206) 763-0144
steve@gardencycles.com

 

 

 

 

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