Ranch Road Resiliency

Ranch roads can be a constant maintenance task if not designed well. There are several spots the property that can be reshaped to minimize erosion and thus minimize maintenance. The primary design element that is use is called a “Rolling Dip.” It is subtle solution to low maintenance road construction that blend in to the landscape.   The Rolling Dip: the most basic and most reliable cross drain for ranch roads   Designing Rolling Dips Key aspects of…

Orchard Guilding

What is “Guilding”? Guilding (or companion planting) is a specific polyculture technique used to improve fertility, confuse pests, attract beneficial insects, as well as provide increased yields.  Guilds are typically set up around a central fruit tree and consist of several plant species that performs one or more functions that benefit others in the vicinity, as well as interacting with animal species and soil microorganisms to create a resilient ecosystem. Some KEY FUNCTIONS to be sure to include when designing a Fruit Tree Guild are: Suppress (reduce competition with grasses & weeds) Attract (lure in pollinators & predators of pests) Repel…

Tiny Houses

There are numerous versions of tiny house design so we have decided to break things down into three main styles. The Cottage – cheerful & bright The A-frame – transforming The Cargo Box – modern The Cabin – rustic