The Natural Front Yards Process (part 1): Before it even starts

While we specialize in installing environmentally sustainable yards, we are also happy to share the process with others. The process is quite simple, and this blog series will take steps to demystify it.

Whether you are a prospective customer wondering what will happen, or you want to transform your own front yard, this should prove helpful.

Analysis and Planning

When Earthcare Landscaping developed Natural Front Yards, we looked for ways to streamline and simplify the process of installing a yard. We replaced multiple design meetings and a strict set of plans with the Natural Front Yards system. The customers tell us their basic preferences, and we create a flexible plan based on the attributes and requirements of the space.

During our first visit we look at the space to determine if it qualifies for the program and to get an idea of plants that will look good in the yard.  We discuss  which plants the customer wants to stay, their general plant preferences and if they want any plants for screening.  We also discuss whether they would like an add-ons such as boulders, walkways, walls or fruit trees. All plants will be included in the new drip irrigation system that will be installed. Once we have agreed to work together and we have a deposit, the customer is on the schedule and we are good to go.

A client's house before the Natural Front Yards's installation
This is the house of our first NFY client before the Natural Front Yards’s installation

This is also a good time to see if you qualify for a lawn replacement rebate. To find out, check your local water agency. Where we work, if the customer is in the Santa Clara Valley Water district, then they can move forward with getting a rebate on their Natural Front Yard.

Rather than creating a strict plan, we create a flexible plan that focuses largely on water-wise plants that look best at the nursery at the time. After everything has been installed, the owner receives a plan with all the plants labeled.

From here, we are ready for installation. Stay tuned for the next part of this series!