Mill Creek Landscape Designers & Landscape Architects

Outdoor spaces that feel good and do good.

landscape architect and landscape designer

Kryssie & Heidi

Sublime Garden Design creates holistic outdoor spaces that promote the health and well-being of the client, the garden, and the eco-system in which they all exist.

With our Snohomish team led by Heidi (owner, landscape designer, certified horticulturist) &  Kryssie (Landscape Architect),  we can handle your project  from creation & design to architecture and implementation management.

Small renovations to complete outdoor living spaces all across Snohomish County and North King County.

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Great! The best way for us to get started is to schedule a free phone consultation to find out if we are the right Mill Creek landscape designers for your project. Please fill out our client questionnaire so that we can get to know more about you and your goals, and we will contact you shortly to schedule a phone call. We will typically respond within one business day.

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mill creek landscape designers patio results“I now have an amazing outdoor living space that is better than I could have ever imagined. I appreciate the way Heidi took into account my lifestyle, taste and the existing plants that I already had into her design. My yard looks more and more amazing each day. I can’t wait to see it in the spring.”
—Lila B. (Everett)
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Many birds love Mill Creek landscape designers, especially Sublime

Many new housing developments are built without an eye toward animal habitat. That is not the case in Mill Creek and that makes attracting birds especially easy. It is not hard for a landscape architect to re-create habitat that birds will come back to and thrive in.

There are 4 main types of birds to know about: avoiders, adapters, exploiters, and facilitators.

  • Avoiders- these types of birds require native habitat away from people which means they are difficult to keep in settled areas. Both woodpeckers and wrens fall into this category.
Woodpecker Photo Courtesy of Audubon Society

Woodpecker Photo Courtesy of Audubon Society

  • Adapters- like the name states, these birds will adapt to fit into their changing world. They are relatively easy to keep around in our gardens and include birds like brewer’s blackbirds, hummingbirds, and juncos.
Dark Eyed Junco Photo Courtesy of Audubon Society

Dark Eyed Junco Photo Courtesy of Audubon Society

  • Exploiters- these guys require our presence and are mainly found in cities. They include birds like crows, pigeons, parrots, and the house finch. Not only do crows depend on our presence, but they have also developed a “culture of hate”.
House Finch Photo Courtesy of Audubon Society

House Finch Photo Courtesy of Audubon Society

  • Facilitators- Not only does this category include birds like sapsuckers, but also people. Facilitators help other birds and wildlife by providing food or homes.
Red Breasted Sapsucker Photo Courtesy of Audubon Society

Red Breasted Sapsucker Photo Courtesy of Audubon Society

In order to welcome back these 4 types of birds and sustain their habitat, there are some of the steps we can take to create and maintain a healthy, bird friendly Mill Creek garden; steps we use aw Mill Creek landscape designers:

  • Take the time to get to know your landscape and what kind of birds and wildlife you currently have before you make any changes.
  • Diversify- one of the biggest things to remember when creating habitat for birds is that more diversity in plants and materials equals more species of birds. Use a variety of native trees and shrubs and repeat them when possible.
  • Remove invasive plants on your property if you have any but make sure to do this gradually in case they are supplying habitat for anything
  • If possible, try to keep the edge of your yard native. You can also minimize the amount of lawn if you’d like by replacing it with ground covers or shrubs or even making it into a wildflower meadow.
  • When planting, plant trees first followed by smaller shrubs and other plants. By planting trees first you’ll be providing shade and habitat right away.
  • Provide flowering plants for pollinators and try to group these flowering plants in drifts or clusters so that they can find them easily. Also remember that some pollinators, like butterflies, also need plants for their larvae so it’s important to include those host plants, as well, and not just flowers.
  • You can plant hedgerows in place of fences if you have the option.
  • Try to avoid compacting or eroding soil and add in organic material to improve the makeup of your soil.
  • Use permeable materials to help with water runoff.
  • Provide bird food- either sprinkle in your lawn or planting beds or put in a bird feeder.
  • Provide nest boxes or drill holes in snag/dead trees on your property.
  • Provide water, especially in extended periods of heat or cold.
  • Leave brush piles. Birds, like the native wren, live in these, big or small. You can also leave fallen leaves on the ground without shredding them to provide other habitat for overwintering creatures.
  • Leave seed heads throughout winter to provide food and habitat.
  • Make windows more visible by putting a UV sticker on the window. Windows can either reflect the surrounding area making it hard to tell the difference between what’s real and not or windows can be transparent and birds may see things inside that they like and will try to fly through the window to get to.
  • If you have lighting in your yard, try to point it down or use a soft colored, dim bulb.

Sublime Garden Design, Mill Creek landscape designers, are familiar with the Mill Creek native habitat areas and zoning requirements. We work with Mill Creek homeowners to develop bird friendly landscape designs that bring nature in. Call us for ideas.