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Confluence founders, Ryan Yarborough and Doug Sommerville, have been working together for over ten years in environmental science and construction. Confluence is the integration of their academic background in hydrology, ecology, biology and geomorphology with the fundamentals of landscape design and construction.

We specialize in…

  • Landscape Design

  • Drought Tolerant and Native Planting Plans

  • Automated Irrigation Systems

  • Retaining Walls

  • Woodworking

  • Outdoor Lighting

Ecological Landscapes

Drawing on years of local Santa Cruz landscaping experience, Confluence designs and installs sustainable, high quality gardens that fit your aesthetic and functional needs.  Confluence believes that every home and garden has an inherent aesthetic value that can fade as new development or neglect persists.  Armed with an acute sense of place, a wide pallet of plant material and the fundamentals of permanent construction, Confluence can help you create a space that you can be proud of.  Our local Santa Cruz landscaping design services cover all aspects.

  • Design, Build, and Maintain
  • Drought Tolerant and Native Planting Plans
  • Automated Irrigation Systems
  • Retaining Walls
  • Pathways
  • Patios
  • Woodworking
  • Lighting

Santa Cruz Landscaping , Native Plant Restoration and Erosion Control

Confluence works with private landowners and public agencies in design, installation, and maintenance of restoration projects.

Aside from the inherent wildlife and aesthetic value, Native vegetation plays a vital role in the stabilization of slopes and streambanks.  Once denuded by landslide or development, the erosion potential of that area increases dramatically. Re-establishing native vegetation is often the most cost-effective and aesthetic solution to long-term erosion control.

  • Restoration Planning, Implementation, and Maintenance
  • Erosion Control and Bioengineering
  • Rainwater Harvesting Systems
  • Consultation

Contact Info:

Habitat Restoration & Ecological Landscaping

1129 Walk Cr.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Phone: 831-588-9738
Fax: 831-336-9514

Website:  www.confluencerestoration.com

License: C-27 Lic#889071

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Ryan and Doug installed a completely new landscape in our large front yard with drought-tolerant plants. It is growing in so beautifully and we receive so many compliments from passersby. They listened and communicated effectively, made helpful suggestions, and did the work quickly and professionally. Our yard is now so easy to maintain, and a pleasure to be in. They have not had to come back once in 6 months as I can do all of the (minor) maintenance myself.

Allison G.

Confluence came in, assessed our property (concrete jungle), did a complete redesign of the property, solved all our drainage issues and put in a whole new backyard oasis. We couldn’t be more pleased. The staff was friendly and left the job site clean each day. I highly recommend their work.

Idris N.

Ryan listened to what I was looking for and used his knowledge to create a California native, low water design for my yard that worked with the pre-existing challenges and resulted in a beautiful/cost effective implementation. I have received numerous complements on my yard from my neighbors. He was a pleasure to work with and I recommend his work!

Stu C.
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