“It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.”

David Attenborough

Growing Plant

Soil

Health

Healthy plants start with healthy soil. We focus on the 1 billion + organisms that live in 1 teaspoon of healthy soil 

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Local

Materials

Buying local is not just for produce. We have traced materials back to their origin and partner with a network of local nurseries 

Earth

Sustainable

Practices

Focus on reducing landfill waste by saving old materials to be reused in later projects. Any remaining waste we try to recycle

Water

Minimal Chemicals

Yard care chemicals are toxic to living organisms. Therefore, we use them sparingly as a last resort  - typically to combat invasive species. See chemicals for more information

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Native

Plants

Native plants support biodiversity, are easier to grow and cheaper to maintain than nonnative plants

Environmental Focus

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

Jane Goodall

Our Services

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Grass Cutting

We use electric equipment including mower, trimmers, blower and chainsaw to reduce noise, air and groundwater pollution. Click for more information.

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Leaves

1/3 of leaf matter becomes long-lived soil organic matter which conditions your soil. We'll use our electric equipment to spread, and shred, your leaves keeping the grass healthy. 

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Design

Plant designs to address problem areas while integrating your goals with more carbon capturing native plants that crowd out weeds. 

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Installation

We'll handle your plants with care to ensure they get the best possible start transforming your yard into an environmental wonderland.

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Maintenance

We want to keep your paradise looking its best. From the occasional weeding to trimming or pruning, we're here for you. 

About Us

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I am Tim Sheppard. I have chosen to become a spokesperson for living organisms that cannot speak for themselves. ​I am committed to creating healthy environments in our community starting from the ground up with the soil food web. This "web" is a connection supporting both plants and insects that together are part of the Food Cycle that supports larger animals like birds - an interconnection that goes all the way up the food chain. Accomplishments

  • Recipient of 2020 E. Kneale Dockstader Foundation Grant used to create a Demonstration Wildflower Meadow at Laurel Woods Trail

  • Completed Spotted Lanternfly Training at Penn State Extention

  • Longwood Gardens Landscape Design Certification (in process)

  • Natural Lands Force of Nature Class of 2021

  • Friends of the New Garden Trails Volunteer

  • Coursework at Penn State Extension and Mount Cuba    

  • National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Garden