Permaculture designs are guided by nature to create paradise and heal the planet.
Every site is unique in these four basic qualities. A design must consider and adapt to the "givens" presented. A design that works against these qualities is doomed to failure.
The key to soil health and a healthy ecosystem. A permaculture design focuses on organic matter in, on, and above the ground, as well as the production of organic matter.
The plants you choose can literally change the world. A permaculture design relies mostly on native plants. Most nursery plants are not natives. Non-natives are killing our ecosystems.
Natural systems are in balance. No chemicals, fertilizers, or pesticides. These inputs are not needed in nature. A permaculture design uses organic methods to achieve balance.
Nature thrives on diversity. Most urban yards work hard to limit diversity, which is unnatural. A permaculture design builds diversity intentionally so that nature can thrive.
The survival of our planet depends upon the survival of our insects, birds, and other wildlife. Our current yard mindset kills wildlife. A permaculture design supports wildlife.
Sustainability asks "can we keep this up indefinitely?" and "how hard is this to maintain?" A permaculture design looks for low maintenance, low cost, sustainable solutions.
We need to restore to nature what we have taken away. Global warming and mass extinction can only be reversed if we design for nature and restore natural processes.
Our yards should provide a yield. We can all grow food of some kind. Nature will gladly provide us with fruits, nuts, berries, greens, and vegetables. Design for a yield.
A permaculture design can produce an abundance of diversity, plant life, wildlife, and yield. A lawn is not abundant. There is no abundance in a row of pruned boxwood.
A yard should be beautiful. Design for beauty. Our instincts are wired for natural beauty. Decades of commercial and social pressure have forced us from nature. We know better now.
A design should bring joy into your life. Birds, butterflies, delicious fruits, stunning flower displays. Paradise. A joyful experience with every trip outside. Your yard can be more.