About Kind to the Earth landscapes

Each of our landscapes are part of the bigger landscape called Earth. Whether we call our landscapes sustainable, ecological, environmental, earth-friendly or “kind to the Earth”, our goals are the same. Designing aesthetically pleasing landscapes with functional solutions and

  • Providing healthy environments for people and pets.
  • Providing habitat, “rest stops” and corridors for songbirds, butterflies and other wildlife.
  • Protecting ecosystem services ( cleaner water, pollination, carbon sequestration, …).
  • Providing sustainable stormwater solutions for your property for cleaner water, less flooding.
  • Reducing pollution (water, air, light, pesticides and noise), and invasive plants.
  • Improving and protecting soils.
  • Reducing heating and cooling costs.
  • Designing with locally available, recycled and sustainable materials and renewable resources.
  • Incorporating your existing plant and adding some favorite plants,, as well areas for edible gardens.
  • Incorporating your goals, budget, style and home’s architectural features.
  • Saving you energy, time and money!
sustainable landscape design plan photo

About Denise Sandoval

Denise Sandoval is the business owner & landscape designer for Good-Natured Landscapes LLC. She started this business in 2005, after completing her Horticulture degree in landscape design and making the great career change leap. Inspired by the beauty and benefits of natural world and native plants as a prairie volunteer, it became her mission since day one to blend local ecology and native plants with great design.  In 2014, one of her design projects was honored with the prestigious Chicago Wilderness Native Landscaping and Conservation Award,  which receives project submissions from all 4 midwest states.

She’s been gardening with native plants, performing prescribed burns, volunteering at restoration sites, and collecting native seed for over 18 years. She’s also grown many vegetables & herbs from seed. She also worked at The Natural Garden’s native plant nursery for several years. Was a Conservation@Home assistant for The Conservation Foundation for 5 years,  Wild Ones Greater DuPage chapter board member for 17 years, DuPage Monarch Project Board member, and led an after school environmental club for 7 years. She still volunteers and is inspired by the natural world.

photo of Denise Sandoval with bison

Why Native Plants ?

All plants are not equal when it comes to supporting wildlife, improving soil and water, surviving our weather extremes,  reducing pollution, and many other benefits.

You can make a difference, one yard at a time and we can help!

Please contact us with your questions, or if you are interested in either our Landscape Design Plan or Design Consultation service listed on our DESIGN SERVICES page.