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Living rural in the city is hip and urban – and you can, too.

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9 Comments

  1. Rachel Jennifer Paul

    June 13, 2018 at 8:50 am

    Hello Jane,
    I want to be a part of your mission! (address redacted)

  2. Thank you for what you do♡

  3. Hi Jane,

    I’d like to know how to keep neighborhood cats out of my yard. They hop the 8-foot fence and make a mess.

    Any suggestions?

    Carol

    • I’m sorry, other than invoking fear into them – vigilante scary behaviour from you! it’s hard to manage cats. I’d get a good squirt gun and every time they come around, holler and use it. I’ve had a cat or two walk the fences for years; after a while I noticed the squirrels weren’t afraid of them so they weren’t much for hunting. So I let told their welcome was provisional to good behaviour.

  4. Hi Jane
    Stumbled on your place by accident and thank God I looked. You are doing a great job and I love your yard!
    I wish more people opened their eyes at true beauty, like what you are doing.

    • Hi Toeknee (Tony!)

      Thank you so much for your kind words. (I tried to approve and reply from my mobile app but it failed.) What I wanted to say was that at first when I started doing what I do, there was some resistance. After all, everyone/thing goes through growing pains (an ugly phase) and it takes some time and patience for things to fit properly in a garden. Exterior design is similar to interior design, sometimes you have to move things around! It certainly is rewarding when your plants begin to flower, and when you start seeing the birds and butterflies (and even, once, a groundhog) come by and find it welcoming. I’m happy you saw my little hanging BCLH sign!

      Best regards,

      Jane

  5. I stumbled on your page by accident. I forgot how I got here, but, thank God I did.
    I love the way you have set up your backyard.
    I’m trying to make a couple of spots on mine bird friendly and another section for insects.
    My “other section” are now 3 areas.
    I wish more people did the same.

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Rewilding is about converting your lawn to groundcover (bit by bit!) to native species. This fosters biodiversity. It also creates habitat for urban wildlife. Finally, you'll only trim it 2-3 times per season rather than every 7-10 days!

The green driveway gallery shows you how you can DIY a driveway conversation using my first model as an example. There are other ways to do it, and things I learned in the process and afterward. Please call me at 514-815-5163 for my landscaping service, or to discuss upgrading your driveway.

The work season is April 1st through June 30th, but I install bird strike prevention (to stop birds from crashing into windows and glass balconies) whenever the temperature is above 5ºC. Call the number above or email. It's important to do this earlier rather than later,  in time for bird migrations in late April to end of May, and late August to mid-October.


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