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Our property has a lot of challenges and Jill tackled each challenge in a thoughtful and unique way.  We wanted to work with Jill since she does not have a “one size fits all” approach as evidenced by the diligence she showed in understanding our needs as well as what we wanted to achieve with our new landscape plan.  She handled everything for us and developed a great long-range plan which we can implement in stages.” ~ TS

My goal as a designer is not to impose a style on my clients, but instead to respond to the site, architecture, and the desired functions for the property and future needs of my clients.  JTM-LA is here to provide you with the design services you require and then go away.  You will stay, live, work and prosper in the environment that JTM-LA has envisioned with your help.  Your help is the key.  I get as much feedback from my Clients as possible in the beginning of the design process. 

Every design is the result of a "conversation" I have had with my Clients about their requirements for the the landscape, both functional and aesthetic. To that end I have created a design questionnaire for new Clients. Together we have found that it's a good way for Clients to relate their aesthetic and functional desires for their landscape, and for JTM-LA to present the various services I can provide to them.

I'm not suggesting that I don't bring my own ideas to the dialogue. JTM-LA is devoted to improving the landscape, and will bring sound environmental practices to the design conversation. I am committed to using construction, grading, drainage and planting practices and materials that will do the most good with the least possible harm. In the practice of installing landscapes, I have found "low maintenance" to be most easily achieved by using soil tests to amend and improve the soil prior to planting and by using native plants whenever possible.

However, a landscape should be flexible, especially because the pressure of deer and other environmental stresses that can make the palette of only native plants too restrictive. So, an analysis of the site as well as other design factors determines the full spectrum of the plants used in a design.