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Get Your Free Water Supply Now!

2017-06-14T13:16:03+00:00 By |Design|

 Here’s how you get your free water: install a rainwater harvesting system!

I know, you’re thinking it’s easy for me to say.  Heck, where I’m from in Ohio, we get 42” of rain each year!  Of course a rain barrel or rain tank makes sense.  But you might live in the southwest US.  There’s not enough rain to make it worth it.

Ha! Gotcha good!  No matter where you live, especially in dry regions, rainwater harvesting systems […]

Five Shrubs That Look as Good as They Taste

2017-06-14T13:20:14+00:00 By |Design, Edible, Uncategorized|

Five Shrubs That Look as Good as They Taste

The word ‘shrub’ is rather interesting.  It kinda reminds me of other words ending in ‘b,’ like glib, drab, blob, flab.  Fairly plain on its own, the word seems to slough its way across the lips and falter to the floor as it leaves the mouth.

Despite any odd word physics, shrubs themselves can be very plain, unassuming plants while others bring amazing beauty to a landscape.  Here […]

Is Your Yard on Crack?

2017-06-14T13:24:17+00:00 By |Uncategorized|

An 8-step program to kick the habit!

 

Have you noticed it?  You wake up one morning and find the cash in your wallet missing.  Then you get a call from the lawn guy.

“I need to come by and give you one more treatment.  I noticed a few grub spots that we should take care of now before it gets worse”

I thought he did that last fall, you think to yourself.

“Well you know, these things are normal.  […]

5 Trees That Look So Good You’ll Eat Them

2017-06-14T13:25:01+00:00 By |Design, Edible, Plants|

Edible Attractive Trees for Your Landscape

Man, I love me some pie.  That’s right.  Apple pie, banana pie, cherry pie, lemon merengue pie, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, you name it.

 

Yeah, so what gives?

As it turns out, most pies are made from some edible plant.  And most of them come from a tree fruit.

 

Who doesn’t love edibles?  Go to a supermarket and look for the space that seems most ‘alive.’  Odds are, you’ll end up in the […]

Bring Back that Wild Space!

2017-06-14T13:25:28+00:00 By |Design, Inspiration|

Add a wild space to your landscape, and learn how to murder your lawn

Back when I was a kid, I used to go to ‘Nature Camp’ at the local park every summer.  I would come home every day with some creation, be it a bowl made from creek clay or some woodland creature made from bark and leaves.  There, we also would get covered in burrs traipsing around the wild meadow trying to catch butterflies […]

Stormwater Management in the Suburbs

2017-06-14T13:26:07+00:00 By |Design, Environment, Water|

What to do with stormwater in your landscape and the greater landscape

So I have an infomercial question for you today.

Do you want to cut your water bill and usage by 50%? Stick around and I’ll show you the no-brainer solution! But wait, there’s more! You’ll get several other bonus tips at no additional fee!

Just ten easy payments….

 

I’ll stick to blogging.

 

With all this talk on stormwater, I have broken stormwater management into segments based on geographical […]

The Opportunity Called the California Water Shortage

2017-06-14T13:26:39+00:00 By |Current Events, Environment, Water|

The California Water Shortage: A Case for Aesthetic Ecosystem and Ecological Design

  California reservoir drought A reservoir showing the effect of drought conditions in California

In recent news, there has been significant coverage of California’s struggle with its below average precipitation in the past several years.  Yes, they call it a drought.

Governor Jerry Brown and California State Water Resources Control Board have come forward […]

Must-Have Strategies for Urban Stormwater Mitigation

2017-06-14T13:27:11+00:00 By |Environment|

How we can redesign urban stormwater systems

As described in my previous blog post, there is an increasing need for better handling of our precipitation and its transition to runoff. There are numerous benefits from proper management of stormwater before it leaves our landscape. Here, I’ll take you through some of the issues with the design of our current systems, then to what are characteristics of an ideal stormwater management system, and finally to several […]

Must-Have Strategies for Stormwater Mitigation

2017-06-14T13:27:39+00:00 By |Environment|

A call to action for designing stormwater systems in our landscape and the world around us

The day this post comes out marks the one day of the year where we celebrate the land we walk upon. We ignore it the other 360-something days, but not today. Today is special so we can celebrate Earth and all of its wonderful natural resources.

Happy Earth Day everyone!

 

But sadly today is not special. Today is just another ordinary day. […]

What to Expect at Aesthetic Ecosystems

2017-06-14T13:48:52+00:00 By |Uncategorized|

I want to take a few moments to explain my intent with this site, as well as set some expectations for you.

I have created Aesthetic Ecosystems because I have perceived a need to connect two distinct practices within landscape design. The practices of conventional landscape design can be very detrimental to the surrounding environment. And although certain elements of sustainable design are being adapted into this conventional design practice, the adaptation is often to conform […]