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  • Writer's pictureJeff Robbins

University City Landscaping: Organic Garden Creates Sustainable Ecosystem

Updated: Nov 5, 2018

The mesas and canyons that attract the cohabitation of wildlife, plant life and human life are not the only landscapes worth mentioning in University City. Gliding through the streets of what looks like your typical suburban sprawl you are greeted by a community of sustainable and organic vegetables and an ecosystem that lies within itself.


Utilizing the space you have to create the most effective and efficient organic landscaping is a common theme we like to reiterate among these blogs. By going organic you are welcoming other creatures like great pollinators to explore your landscape without the threat of poisonous herbicides and pesticides. One of the highlights of creating a small aquatic feature is the growth and bloom of these said animals. This recycled water finds itself to be a drinking hole for insects and most importantly bees.


The trickling effect of the water is mimicked through-out nature to let animals know water is near. Bees can hydrate off the drinking water before they buzz around to find trees and plants in abundance to pollinate and birds can find a resting spot, other than the limbs of your cherry trees : ), for fresh and healthy drinking water. Taking a deeper look within the aquatic system you can find fish nibbling at the algae that houses the snails. An ecosystem within itself, it also acts as a calming agent to any person that graces its beautiful sound. The sounds of nature race through your eardrums as you explore the sustainable raised beds filled with delicious tomatoes and zucchinis – flourishing from the invitation of pollinators.

This eclectic and sustainable space has more than meets the eye with fig trees, citrus and cherry trees lining the walls and feeding on the organic soil. As you take a closer look at the cherry trees you might (or might not) notice that these cherry trees were planted in the same hole. Sounds pretty ridiculous, right? Actually this proven tactic is not only a space saver but a great way to produce fruit since the trees require each other for cross-pollination. This is another great utilization of space and very efficient for most landscapes. The method for planting is quite straight forward. Plant the trees at a slight slant about 14-18” apart with the inside limbs pruned away for maximum growth.

Ready to make lemonade out of lemons – figuratively and literally speaking? Contact us now to get started on a design for your own sustainable, organic landscape.

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