We are especially proud of our construction division this year.

Gardeners’ Guild received three awards for a construction project in Mill Valley.  National, State and Regional landscape trade organizations have recognized our exceptional work!  The National Recognition was first place.

The property is situated on a steep slope overlooking the Mt Tam.  The homeowners wanted more outdoor living space and their Landscape Architect, Rebecca Coffman hired Gardeners’ Guild to do the installation of her design.

The work involved terracing to create additional level outdoor space.  A 7′ retaining wall, requiring extensive engineering was constructed.  It was integrated into new and existing levels, staircases and pathways.

Wood decks, flagstone stairs, extensive planting, soil amendments, irrigation and outdoor lighting were other components of the project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

The Village at Corte Madera is taking steps toward more sustainable practices in their landscaping!

We recently performed some landscape renovation work to planter beds on the east and west sides (against the buildings) of the shopping center.  Drought resistant plantings including Ornamental grass (Fescue), Limonium, Phormium (New Zealand Flax), Cistus (Rock Rose) and Alstroemeria (Peruvian Lilly) were used.  The irrigation system was converted to drip and each bed was mulched.

Pure (100%) worm castings was used as a top dressing.

Worm castings are certified organic, natural and odorless and have the appearance of coffee grounds.  They slowly release nutrients needed for healthy plant growth and increased production rates.  Worm castings can be used in aeration by incorporating it into the soil or it can be used as a top dressing which can then be covered with mulch.  It helps soil water holding capacity and enables it to fight pests naturally.

Below are photos of our sheet mulching project on Carlson Blvd, Richmond Annex!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Located between San Pablo Avenue/El Cerrito to the east, Carlson Boulevard is the main thoroughfare through what is referred to as the the annex, connecting downtown Richmond with downtown El Cerrito.

Some sheet mulching basics if you want to try yourself:

It is great for very weedy areas.  Sheet mulching helps soil hold moisture and does not require digging the soil.

Trim any plants close to the ground.  If your soil is heavily compacted, poke holes every foot or so to a depth of 6-12 inches.

Next

Soak the area well with a garden hose.

Add a layer of grass clippings, manure or compost  just to about 1 inch.

Add sheet mulching – this can be a layer of newspaper or corrugated cardboard overlapping sheets by a minimum of 6 inches.  Layers ensure that weeds or grass will not grow through.

Soak

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, add a 1 inch layer of green materials; straw, leaves, tiny branches and soak thoroughly.  Adding another layer of compost will ensure you are introducing enough beneficial bacteria, fungi and other microbes into the sheet mulch.  These beneficial bacteria are what will restore the health of your soil.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A note about the materials we used – corrugated cardboard.

Richmond Annex is a neighborhood in southeast Richmond. It is mostly residential and located between San Pablo Avenue/El Cerrito to the east. Carlson Boulevard is the main thoroughfare through the annex, connecting downtown Richmond with downtown El Cerrito.

This corridor is experiencing a rebirth and Gardeners’ Guild won the bid to install the landscape into brand new medians!

Our part of the project is a complete renovation that includes a new irrigation system and controller; soil preparation, planting, sheet mulching as well as decomposed granite on the medians.

A couple of weeks ago I took my camera and drove out to the site to see its progress.  We are still in the process of building the landscape and it’s very exciting to watch our people in action.  Because the medians are almost a mile long I was able to view the project in its various stages.

We are proud to be involved in this project which will make a difference for the residents who live along this thoroughfare.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upon being told that the Cherry trees were in bloom at UC Berkeley, I made sure to head over there the very next day and take pictures.  What Cherry trees?  And, where?

They are located at the Westgate entrance at UC Berkeley.  Gardeners’ Guild planted them – thirty-five of them!  It is a project to honor UC Berkeley graduates of  Japanese ancestry; their contributions to society.

On April 6th at 11:00am  there will be a dedication ceremony held at the Westgate entrance.

See photos below: