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. After 15 years of hard, satisfying work, Steve accepted a sponsorship gift of an electric “Bafang” bicycle conversion so he could sustain his work at age 57. Thank you Alki Bike and Board!

Garden Cycles is a licensed, insured, and bonded specialty contractor (GARDEC*932JF).  Along with the spread of invasive species, Garden Cycles’ crew has grown – we had over twenty employees in 2017. Many of our dedicated practitioners are trained Forest Stewards, leading volunteer restoration efforts around the city.

Garden Cycles' 2015 crew of "Forest Stewards"

Garden Cycles' 2017 Planting Crew

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
  • Sheet mulch and hand weed
  • Transform lawns to native plant habitat
  • Install surface drip irrigation
  • Work on steep slopes; install erosion prevention fabrics, restore native vegetation
  • Work with homeowners, municipalities, and non-profits.

Recently, most crew time has been spent working for city and county municipalities battling invasive species in hundreds of acres. Our time for private homeowners has been limited except for “vegetative management” on steep slopes where our risk rates are worth it. 


Rates are variable, depending on the acreage of the job (bulk rates for municipalities, large acreage). Mileage & travel time are charged for equipment and materials transport, or travel outside of Seattle.

Generally, we charge $50/hr per worker with a 4-hour minimum, operating on a Time & Materials basis. Project management, steep-slope risk or rush rates can be $75/hr depending. We are not mow-blow-and-go landscapers, but may be worth the investment if you’re wanting a sustainable landscape that saves maintenance and time. We are a prevailing wage company, and have to account for the risk nature of our specialty, for added licenses and training, for the recovery time from sustainable transportation choices.

Thank you for your interest and efforts in native plant restoration.

Steve Richmond
(206) 650-9807;  fax (206) 763-0144





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