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We will design, install, and maintain a fruit tree guild for you! Support local growers  RSS feed

 
Gilbert Fritz
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I am a landscaper connected with the High Plains Plant Propagation guild in the Denver metro. We are a group of Landscapers, designers, plant propagators, and landowners trying to change how landscaping is done in Denver.

I will draw up a detailed guild plan and present you a copy of the reasons behind the inclusion of the various plants. This will cost between $25 and $50, depending on the complexity of the guild and whether it is a stock item or custom.

I should point out at this point that I do not have a PDC and am self educated in Permaculture. However, few people have long term experience with specific guilds in a given climate: this is largely an armchair profession still, until we have studied and improved our guilds for the next 50 years. So my guilds have at least a fair chance of being successful, and will be far and away better then standard landscaping.

The labor to install the guild will cost $15 an hour.

Materials will be provide at cost. I use a deep mulch/ sheet mulch type approach, so the materials are fairly cheap.

Plants will be sourced from local propagators whenever possible. They will be at cost to you unless I raise them myself, in which case I will ensure that they are cheaper then the same plant from standard sources.

I will cover the Littleton, Centennial, Highlands Ranch, Englewood, and Lakewood areas. I may do work in other areas of the Denver metro, but I will cost a little more to cover travelling further.

If you are interested, PM me. I will come out to evaluate your yard, and take a soil sample for testing. Once a guild plan is drawn up, I will plant woody plants, bulbs, and tubers, and install the deep mulch this Summer/ Fall, and plant the rest of the support plants this spring.

 
Gilbert Fritz
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I should point out that the 25-50 dollar fee for the guild design is for one guild. If more then one guild is required (for instance, if you want three apple trees, each with a different guild of support plants) there would be an additional charge for the design of the additional guilds. Subsequent guilds would be discounted relative to the first one.

However, there can be an unlimited number of replications of one guild, for the same price.
 
Rose Pinder
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This is such a great service you are offering.

What kind of experience do you have with guilds over time?
 
Gilbert Fritz
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So far, very little. We are just starting out. We do have a certain amount of collective experience in which plants do well in Denver; but how the guild combinations do is another matter. I try to only use plants which have been proven to do well here, either by personal experience, or the experience of other members.

If I plant guilds for people, I will continue to monitor them over time to see how they do long term.
 
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