Garden Consultation + Stewardship - Planted Green LLC

Ongoing 2021

Your yard, no matter the size, is an oasis for you and wildlife. Perhaps you have an apartment balcony or a yard the size of a tennis court, you can add elements that invite wildlife and beauty. I’d love to help you discover how. In certain instances I may even be able to steward it for you.

As a certified Master Naturalist of Cook County and a student in the Garden Design program at Chicago Botanic Garden I am embarking on a new business, Planted Green LLC! Let me help you bring your dream of a yard full of butterflies and birds into fruition.

All services right now are on a sliding scale, which means you choose a denomination at or between the price mark that suits your budget.

Phase 1

  • Consultation = take the guessing out of how to create an environmentally and healthy outdoor space. A consultation is a visit to your yard to discuss your desires, share with you what is possible and how to maintain a garden in an ecologically friendly way. Consult takes place on your property for up to 90 minutes.
    Cost: $100-250
    Range is within a 15 mile radius of O’hare Airport.
    Outside of 15 mile radius of O’Hare Airport is a $45 flat travel fee.
  • Zoom Consultation = Submit a Plat of Survey and photos of your property and over Zoom we can discuss your desires for your space and discuss ecologically friendly yard maintenance strategies over the convenience of the internet.
    Cost: $80-$175

Phase 2

  • Conceptual Design Plan = a site specific drawing illustrating your landscape design. It is based off of your Plat of Survey and an inventory of your property to prepare accurate base drawings of the existing conditions gathered in Phase 1.
  • Suggested Site Specific Plants = a chart delineating the plants that can thrive in your space and their general characteristics.
  • Provide a list of reputable garden tools for the sustainable garden practices you will be implementing.
  • Provide references for landscapers that are able to create raised beds, hardscapes, decks, various structures should you desire these to be incorporated into your landscape.
  • References for native plant sellers and plant sales.
    Cost: $175-500
    Down payment of $100 put towards your total is required to begin Phase 2. Turn around time is 3 weeks.

Phase 3

  • Procure plants and install= You order the plants we discussed from the site plan, I plant them either alone or with you. Once completed I will leave you with instructions on how to maintain the space.
    Aside from my hourly rate for labor you will cover the cost of plants, soil or compost, mulch and any other required materials per the design we’ve agreed upon such as but not limited to containers, moveable structures, bird feeders, composts, rain barrels, rain garden supplies, or stones.
    Cost: $50-85 per hour for labor
    Range is within a 15 mile radius of O’hare Airport.
    Outside of 15 mile radius of O’Hare Airport is a $45 flat travel fee.

Stewardship

  • Maintaining a garden takes time and energy. Let me fill in any gaps you may have with maintaining your native garden, putting your garden to sleep for the winter or spruce things up in spring. This includes watering, weeding, raking, mulching, transplanting. In some instances mowing with my battery powered mower and edger. I do not use any gas powered tools.
    Cost: $50-85 per hour
    Range is within a 15 mile radius of O’hare Airport.
    Outside of 15 mile radius of O’Hare Airport is a $45 flat travel fee.

CONTACT: Sara at flystrother@gmail.com

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