Restoration Landscaping Company seeks to transform cities into healthy, natural ecosystems by restoring urban and suburban yards.

 
 

Our approach is a hybrid of ecological restoration, plant-insect ecology and modern landscape design. Whether you are working with a small urban yard or rural acreage, we can build a beautiful, dynamic palette of colors and support beneficial wildlife.

Some features of our designs include:

  • Rainwater bioswales and rain gardens to let rainwater recharge the soil and aquifers while preventing water mixing with oils and trash and flowing into the Delta

  • Integrative pest management for edibles through planting of select native plants nearby that attract and support native predatory insects. These predatory insects then feed on vegetable pests, providing natural pest control.

  • Plants and other design elements that support pollinators and birds

  • High design

  • Creating native hedgerows of shrubs to provide privacy from neighbors

  • We do not use landscape fabric (AKA weed barrier, filter fabric) in planted areas. Landscape fabric can prevent some weeds from growing but is no match for more pervasive weeds like bermuda grass and nutsedge. More importantly, landscape fabric prevents insects and other wildlife from accessing the soil, meaning native bees are unable to nest and many caterpillars are unable to metamorphose into beautiful butterflies.

  • We see our gardens as little patches of beautiful habitat, for humans and wildlife. As we build more we can create resilient metapopulations within cities.


Our Team

 

BILLY KRIMMEL, FOUNDER, ECOLOGIST

Billy completed his PhD in Ecology at U.C. Davis where he focused his research on native plant-insect interactions. Billy also holds a Bachelor of Science from Brown University and serves on the board of directors for the California Native Grasslands Association.

Billy founded Restoration Landscaping Company with the intention of creating habitat for native species within human-occupied areas and engaging people with the species interactions occurring in these habitats. With each project we come one step closer to creating a network of habitat gardens and migration corridors to support resilient populations of native species.

Billy is still active in the research community, writing peer-reviewed journal articles on native plants and insects and a quarterly column in the peer-reviewed journal Grasslands. Check out his publications on the Community page.


KATE HAYES, LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT

Kate Hayes is a Registered Landscape Architect and Design Lead at Restoration Landscape Company. Prior to joining RLC, Kate worked at SCAPE Landscape Architecture PLLC in New York where she designed resilient urban and residential scale projects.

Kate’s process-oriented design work draws on her interdisciplinary science background, integrating an inherent understanding of ecology and a multi-scaled systems approach. She is energized by working with clients and communities to realize a collective design vision.

Kate holds a Master in Landscape Architecture from University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Science in Earth Systems from Stanford University.


Haven kiers,

Collaborator and consultant

Haven is an Assistant Professor in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design in the Department of Human Ecology at UC Davis. She worked as design principal for RLC for three years before taking her new position.

Haven Kiers received her Masters of Landscape Architecture degree from UC Berkeley.


SARA ANNING, DESIGNER


edi vasquez, lead crew


Cele Estrada, crew


Jose Lopez, crew


LIZ BLUM, OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

Liz received her Bachelors of Science in agriculture from UC Davis where she also worked at the Student Farm and with various ecological restoration projects.

After graduating, Liz started the Yolo Grown program at the Yolo County Food Bank where she worked for two years to develop partnerships with farmers and agricultural companies in Yolo County, increasing food bank client access to locally grown produce.

She currently also works at the Center for Land-Based Learning as the Cannery Urban Farm Coordinator in Davis where she supports beginning farmers and manages a mile-long native hedgerow on the farm.