From backyard oases of natural bounty to simply cleaning up invasives and planting native plants, we've done it all–in every climate, in every size and shape of yard.
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Sam was delighted at how she was able to transform her small backyard patio into a thriving garden in a limited amount of space. Her tiny space now contains many plants that produce food, including herbs, fruit trees, vegetables, and mushrooms.
"My boring little back patio is now an enchanting and abundant garden complete with herbs, fruit, veggies and even mushrooms! All in about 400sf of space. Thank you Thrive Lot and Doug!”
Anastassia came to Thrive Lot with a big vision for creating a beautiful, diverse, and productive foodscape. We replaced her lawn with native plants and installed a fruit forest featuring mature Pineapple Guavas and Cherry Trees. Anastassia now shares her food abundance with neighbors while feeding bees and butterflies with healthy, pesticide-free plants.
“My backyard now has not only the beautiful aesthetic look I wanted, but also herbs, veggies, bees, birds and butterflies! Finding Thrive Lot and Mike was perfect, because they care about the planet and living things just like I do and are careful to always support wildlife and nature with no chemicals.”
Doug bought a 2-acre property in rural Ohio and wanted to create a habitat that would attract a variety of wildlife, feed birds and butterflies, and produce an abundance of fruit and vegetables. Throughout the design process he made it clear that a pond, forest garden, pollinator habitat, and fire pit were top priorities. As you can see from the photos, he got exactly what he wanted.
“The guys that Thrive Lot contracted with in Ohio are AMAZING! They're polite, knowledgeable and incredibly hard working! Everything is coming together nicely.... and when they're done they'll be taking a drone photograph and walk me through the long-term care and maintenance of my amazing food-producing back yard!”
Kristi had tried gardening in her bare, open backyard without success. As a working professional with a love of fresh veggies, she was thrilled when Thrive Lot redesigned her space with a bountiful raised bed layout, outdoor couch and table, potting work bench, blackberry run, and espaliered fruit trees all surrounded by a native pollinator garden protected by a tasteful fence.
Paula's DIY orchard was dying, and she had a vision for so much more. Over the course of 3 years and with ongoing maintenance and development, Thrive Lot has established a thriving garden park, enormous orchard, deer fencing, rainwater harvesting and irrigation over 2 acres of her 10-acre mini farm, setting her up for an abundance of food production and wildlife viewing without fear of damage to crops.
"We’ll have more fruit, nuts and berries in the next few years than the local grocery might! I’m looking forward to continuing to grow my food production on this beautiful land!”
Alizeh was tired of her steep back yard and had tried gardening there without success. Thrive Lot built a tiered garden bed system, revitalized the back patio, and added a jasmine trellis to remind Alizeh of her loving grandmother.
Ellen loves birds, bees and butterflies and was tired of living on a patch of non-native grass that needs mowing and doesn't feed anything. So, Thrive Lot installed an abundant native garden that immediately attracted local pollinators and wildlife. An intolerant neighbor sued, and Thrive Lot provided the expert witness to win the case, setting a strong precedent in Alabama for native plants in city yards!
“I love my yard! Every month there is something new and interesting blooming, fruiting or changing and there are a lot more bees and birds.”
Ashley and her family wanted to make their new home a welcoming, natural garden space that is practical and environmentally friendly. For over 20 years they have lived an environmentally friendly lifestyle that has kept them away from things like pesticides and leaf blowers and focused on how they live as appropriately has possible to be part of the "solution."
"All the neighbors love it. As do we. We get so many compliments. Would be happy to speak with anyone and give you all a positive review. Loretta was amazing."
Molly wanted her front yard to be a space for pollinators and to serve as a highly functional area without grass. Through the GRIP program in Denver, Molly received a rebate for converting her front yard into a water-wise and beautiful landscape that supports the wildlife around her.
"Dan was professional and informative. I loved the designs for the front yard and the help with the GRIP rebate program."
After Lisa and Ed finished renovating their home, they knew they wanted a relaxing, zen garden space for enjoying time at home and growing flowers, food, and herbs while seeing pollinators and wildlife. We did extensive hardscaping work to create the foundation for the space and are currently adding more plantings on this project.
"Our yard is becoming a relaxing eco-paradise! We're so grateful to have found Thrive Lot for this process. They're prompt, transparent, and do quality work on time and budget with rare skills in soil and plant composition."
Beth and Keith wanted to transform the outdoor space of their historical Boston home into an ecological and edible paradise with plenty of functional space for their kids to play and discover nature. We took a phased approach to transforming the turf and invasive landscape into edbile beds, a trellis, and pollinator habitat with a no-mow yard.
"It has been phenomenal to see the tremendous diversity of pollinators now coming to my beautiful garden. Hard to believe how much a difference this transformation has made in only a few months. I love strolling in my garden and eating blueberries while I watch the bees. Neighbors have called my garden 'magical' and thanked me for the new view they’re enjoying too!"
Ann and George had a garden that had fallen into disrepair. They worked with us to create a patio space with multiple garden beds sustained by a professional cistern for rainwater capture and surrounded by beautiful native and pollinator friendly plantings.
Mary and her family moved out of the city during COVID and wanted to return their property back to nature in a beautiful way. They wanted edible design and water management that accounts for the massive amount of wildlife in the area. We established a forest garden and native, low-maintenance lawn area complete with a play area and see-saw for the kids.
“We were so happy to have professional help to transform our overgrown property into a continually more abundant and productive ecosystem! Thank you Thrive Lot and Brandon!”
Harry is an engineer who loves hydroponics, but wanted a faster way to naturally create more food on his property while reducing maintenance and beautifying the property. We installed a pond and natural water management with swales to support a massively abundant food forest complete with garden, fruit trees, and native pollinator habitat.
"We had Thrive Lot install a food forest in our yard. We added a pond as well. We are very pleased and very excited. We have blueberry hill which is one area with a variety of blueberry plants. We have a variety of trees. The pond really makes the back yard look great and THERE IS SO MUCH FOOD."
Melissa wanted a unique space in her backyard to enjoy beautiful days outdoors surrounded by food bearing plants and nature. We designed and installed a custom, 4-bed planter system around a stone patio, and filled it with a forest garden. We also added a grapevine and trellis with surrounding herb and pollinator garden adjacent to the back deck.
Enjoy fresh eggs daily with a high-quality, easy to maintain chicken coop! Plus, they also help to reduce food waste by eating kitchen scraps and insects.
Now that you have a lot of native flowers, get some bees to pollinate your plants and make the healthiest honey.
Perhaps the most resilient and rewarding food to grow at home. A small shaded space can produce an abundance of delicious, fresh mushrooms.
Provide a place for bats to roost and help control insect populations.
Collect rainwater for irrigation and conserve water.
A system that converts organic waste into useful by-products like compost and biogas, reducing waste and creating a more sustainable property.
Convert organic waste into compost, which can be used to improve soil health.
Did you know the only native bees to North America are solitary bees, like carpenter bees and mason bees? They're also the best pollinators, so give them a home!
Lights that emit less harmful light to wildlife, helping preserve their natural behavior and habitat.
Provide nesting sites for birds and increase biodiversity.
A permeable hardscape helps to reduce runoff and recharge groundwater supplies, making it an important component for conserving water and maintaining healthy ecosystems.
Provides support for climbing plants and creates a shaded area for relaxation.
Extend the growing season and provide a space to grow plants that wouldn't normally survive in the local climate.
Elevates the garden for better soil, drainage, and accessibility.
A living fence made of trees or shrubs that provides privacy and also provides habitat for wildlife and even food.
Physical barriers like fencing, cages, or dense hedges that keeps wildlife out of areas of food production.
A system that collects and filters gray water (from sinks, showers, and washing machines) for reuse in irrigation, reducing the amount of fresh water needed. Subject to local ordinances.
Conserve water and provide a more efficient way of watering plants.
Soil moisture sensors help to monitor soil conditions, providing valuable information for irrigation management and helping to prevent over- or under-watering, which can harm plants and soil microorganisms.
Create off-grid energy to power a few lights, irrigation, or even a whole home sustainably.
Attract birds and provide them with a source of food. This is only recommended if bird-feeding native plantings are already maximized.
Enjoy cookouts and relaxing evenings in the garden.
Provides habitat for beneficial insects, like pollinators and predatory insects, that help maintain a healthy garden ecosystem.
Cook and entertain outdoors!
An affordable and versatile way to provide shade and protect against UV rays. Shade sails can be easily installed and customized to fit the homeowner's needs, providing a functional and aesthetically pleasing solution for outdoor shade.
An elegant and functional outdoor structure that provides shade and adds character to the space. Pergolas can enhance the visual appeal of the outdoor area and provide a comfortable, shaded area for outdoor activities and entertaining.
A safe and secure space for chickens, turkeys, and more to roam and forage. Poultry runs can provide homeowners with fresh eggs, meat, and fertilizer, as well as help control pests and weeds in the garden.
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