Palo Alto Landscape Design Contractor Green Thumbs Up, Shares Advice on Organic, Sustainable Gardening

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Green Thumbs Up, specializing in eco-friendly gardens, shares techniques to improve the health of a homeowner’s garden and minimize negative impact on the environment.

A sustainable garden works in harmony with nature. These gardens are low-water, organic, chemical-free, and support environmental conservation.

“Sustainable gardens are the trend right now,” says CEO of Green Thumbs Up, Fanny Obadia. Trained in horticulture and landscape design and specializing in organic, low-water, sustainable gardens, she adds that most techniques are easy and can save homeowners both time and money.

Here are a few things to keep in mind:
    1. Plant native plants and trees which need less care and energy and will be healthier than exotic species. Another benefit is that native birds, insects, and other wildlife will be able to use the fruits, nectar, and habitat these plants and trees provide.
    2. Organic gardening is a great way to grow fruit and vegetables. This method allows homeowners to grow food without the use of pesticides, herbicides, and other chemicals that pollute the soil and water. An array of tools is available to bolster plant health and ward off pests, including using beneficial insects such as lady bugs, organic fertilizers, and compost to supply the soil with nutrients.
    3. Mulching protects the soil by helping it retain water, control weeds, and insulate plants from extreme temperatures. Materials such as wood chips, nut shells, grass clippings, compost, sawdust, or leaves can be used as mulch. Mulching is a great way to recycle materials that might otherwise be discarded.

For those with a busy lifestyle who want an organic, sustainable garden but do not have the time or expertise, professionals are available to install and maintain an organic garden.

Green Thumbs Up, a licensed landscape contractor with a horticulture background, can help homeowners re-create an outdoor space, add new paths, or build raised beds for fruits and vegetables. They are a one-stop shop, providing landscape design, installation, and maintenance with experience in many design styles, including contemporary, modern, English, Japanese, as well as landscape designs for Eichler homes. This is a company that gives back to the community as well, including sharing profits with Heifer International, a non-profit world hunger organization.

“It’s very important to me to build good relationships with our clients” says Fanny, who has a hands-on approach from conception to completion and speaks English, Spanish, and French fluently. “I take the time to listen and ask relevant questions about their lifestyle and gardening needs. I like to meet all the family members and incorporate what they want in the yard.”

For more information about this special company that provides personalized service, please visit their website

About Green Thumbs Up
Based in Palo Alto California, Green Thumbs Up Inc. is a licensed landscape contractor that designs, installs, and maintains beautiful and environmentally friendly garden spaces in the San Francisco Bay Area. Owner and CEO Fanny Obadia, has experience in many design styles including contemporary, modern, English, Japanese, and specializes in fruit and vegetable gardens and sustainable and low-water gardens. Her artful detail and attention to sustainable landscaping and garden practices are reflected in her beautiful work. Green Thumbs Up is a member of the California Landscape Contractors Association and Certified Bay Friendly Landscaping.


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