Low-Maintenance Landscaping Consultation

You may have read that not all landscaping is equally lazefficient. Luckily, I’m skilled in low-maintenance landscaping design. I’m experienced in USDA zones 4 and 5, particularly in the Midwest, but I am willing to learn about other climates as requested.

I have a permaculture design certificate from Whole Systems Design and founded and operate a nonprofit in Sioux Falls, SD called Project Food Forest. I am the designer for Project Food Forest, designing both public food forests and private landscaping. I also have been testing and implementing different low-maintenance strategies in my own yard for several years.

On a remote basis (if you don’t live in Sioux Falls, SD) it wouldn’t be wise to do full designs, since I can’t be there to observe your property and conditions, but I can do consultations.

Here’s what you need to know about low-maintenance landscape consultations with me.

Free Interview

In the interview I’ll ask questions to see what type of landscaping fits your needs and desires. You’ll show me pictures, videos, and tell me everything you can about your property. You’ll tell me what you have, what you want, and what you don’t want. This interview is free of charge.


After the interview, I’ll send you a personalized quote based on what you need.


If you decide to proceed with consultation, I’ll put together a personalized and detailed plant list and a guide of several pages instructing you how to implement and maintain your new landscaping. Consultation does not include a plan or drawing.


After that, you can ask follow-up questions (there is no stupid question!), and I’ll help you out for the next year as you get your garden going.


My front yard apple tree guild and wildflower garden.

Goats in a moving fence, mowing the grass between rows in a newly planted food forest in South Dakota.
Baby fruit trees added to mature apple trees in the first stage of a new food forest.


My consultation fee is usually between $250 and $500 depending on the amount of detail and information needed. The initial interview is completely free, but a minimum of $250 will need to be put down up front before I begin the guide and plant list. More details will be provided on the quote.

How to get started

Contact me and we will set up a time to start the interview.