Happy Earth Day, everyday !

From all of us at Terra Nova, we wish all who read this and to this beautiful planet Earth a truly meaningful day. It is a good day to express gratitude by means of action for the well being of our planet. The noun, Praxis, referring to the process by which a theory or lesson becomes part of lived experience is a good watchword for this day. We at Terra Nova believe in operating from a place of praxis, putting our words into action. Our vision is to live every day as earth day.
We invite you to join us and enjoy a glimpse of our vision in these pages and postings.

What is fossil-free landscaping ?

Fossil-free landscaping is simply landscaping minus the heavy use of fossil fuels. We perform our services with either non-polluting electric tools or hand tools that run on orange juice and toast.

We also eliminate or minimize fossil fuel use with the transportation we utilize in our business. Our bike and trailer rigs are famous around town for the very obvious ecological purpose they are serving: landscaping workers hauling hand and electric tools to a jobsite.


Here’s our beautiful old electric truck. It served us well for many years but we now use reclaimed vegetable oil bio-diesel trucks for jobs which our bike and trailer rigs are not suitable. With fossil-free landscaping we take into consideration our transportation choices, our equipment choices and we design landscapes that require less intensive maintenance—i.e. less inputs and outputs.


Here are two images representing what fossil-free landscaping is not. Talk about inputs and outputs. Imagine fossil-free tools and methods instead of the old “mow, blow and go” mind set and leaving the leaves instead of hauling them away. The plants benefit from the nutrients when they are mulched, so why else would they be called leaves?


As a final note, fossil-free landscaping is measurable. We use this resource: carbon footprint to monitor our progress and as a way to constantly improve upon what we do.


That’s Kerri, when she was employee of the month in 2007 and artwork inspired by Terra Nova

Landscape renovation . . . before and after

Before . . .
And after . . .
We removed the old lawn and replaced it with native grasses and shrubs and perennial herbs.
Looking for good reasons to take out a lawn? Let me count the ways . . .

1. Reduced air pollution and no more mowing (or edging or blowing).
2. Reduced noise pollution (and no more mowing, edging or blowing).
3. Help stop global warming.
4. Reduced water use, with low flow drip system.
5. Increased biodiversity.
6. More butterflies and birds.
7. More time to write poetry.
8. Good space for an edible landscape.