Mergoat Land Design and Restoration

Sorrel Inman

[email protected]
(865) 250-6140

Mergoat Land Design and Restoration

Sorrel Inman

[email protected]
(865) 250-6140

Native-Inspired Vengeance Horticulture

Illustration depicting a yellow hercules beetle holding a suburban block being reclaimed by nature.
Mergoat with tagline "Suck out the poison" and lightning bolts coming out of tail

Mergoat Land Design and Restoration rejects the norms of conventional landscaping in an effort to coalesce the human desire for visual beauty with the urgent need to restore native plant communities—for the benefit of a multitude of species.

We collaborate with our clients to transform lifeless lawns and sites overtaken by invasive species into resilient ecological communities—leveraging ecological knowledge throughout the creative process.

SERVICES

We approach the Master Plan from a holistic and ecologically-informed perspective to craft a full-spectrum landscape design and long-term management strategy for your property. We believe this is the ideal way to approach ecological restoration, because it allows our team to consider the broad contours and conditions of your property, working down to the specific details of each microhabitat as we craft a design that melds function, beauty, and ecological resilience.

Included:

  • In-depth site consultation where we determine your property’s aesthetic, functional, and ecological goals
  • A collaborative process between you and our designers as they draft a master plan for your property
  • A finalized design + strategy which will serve as a guide for installation and ongoing maintenance at your pace

Invasive species management is the foundation of all ecological restoration. Native plant communities are unable to thrive when noxious plant species compete for light, water, nutrients, and space. Many of our native habitats have been completely ravaged by plants like privet, bush honeysuckle, kudzu, mimosa trees, and many more. We provide systematic, species specific, and full spectrum management of invasive plant species.

Included:

    • Site consultation where we walk through your property together and discuss your goals
    • Take an inventory of problematic plant species and develop a management strategy
    • Removal and management of invasive species in stages, according to the strategy

This option is meant to aid the DIY gardener in two ways. First, doing a site analysis gives us a chance to take an inventory of the plants on your property and any special conditions that may need to be addressed. Second, it gives you a chance to work with us as a consultant and collaborator on your projects.

 

Included:

    • 2 hour on-site visit for up to 1 acre, plus approximately 1 additional hour for each additional acre.
    • Evaluation of basic site conditions including light, soil conditions, and hydrology.
    • Evaluation of special conditions including erosion problems, stormwater management issues, and invasive species.

 

Follow up Notes: (pdf)

    • Detailed notes will be provided from the visit.
    • Current plant inventory for the site
    • Relevant plant lists for future installations
    • Resource list (books, articles, guides)
    • Recommendations for List of potential projects/solutions for problem areas

 

Site Analysis Expansions

    • Tier 1 (detailed above): $500+
      • 2 hour consultation
      • Follow up notes
      • Plant recommendations
      • Invasive removal instructions
    • Tier 2: $1000+
      • Everything from Tier 1 + Site mapping: sunlight, stormwater, and plant inventory
    • Tier 3: $3000+
      • Everything from Tier 2 + Custom design for site
      • Follow up consultation 3 months after DIY installation

Unlike the master plan, this approach is geared toward transforming a specific location on your property. These are bite-sized projects intended to meet specific aesthetic or functional needs — such as foundation plantings, pocket meadows, rain gardens, or erosion management.

Included:

    • Initial consultation and site analysis
    • Plant list
    • Design/planting map
    • In-depth site preparation
    • Installation of design
    • Coming soon: access to client portal

We offer intelligent management and maintenance services for clients who purchase our design/install packages or invasive species removal services. These regimented visits are tailored to the specific needs of each client. 

Included:

    • Weeding
    • Pruning
    • Invasive species management follow-ups

Explore our

Case Studies

Case Study 1

Bringing the needs of other species into alignment with the human desire for aesthetic fulfillment.

Case Study 2

Resolving unmanaged stormwater while designing for native plant revitalization.

Case Study 3

Replacing decades of invasive damage with dense plantings of native grasses and flowers.

Case Study 4

Bee Apiary with Pocket Meadows

Case Study 5

Invasive Species Management
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Mergoat Magazine

Our publication seeks to explore Southern Appalachia at the intersection of ecological apocalypse and restorative futurity.

Floradex

Plant Profiles from our growing digital garden

Hamamelis virginiana

Plant Type
deciduous shrub
Native Range
Northeast, Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest
Edible Parts
Height
10’-20’

Agastache foeniculum

Plant Type
Forb
Native Range
Northeast, Midwest, Mid-Atlantic
Edible Parts
Height
2’-4’

Conoclinium coelestinum

Plant Type
Wildflower, Forb
Native Range
Southeast, Northeast, Midwest, Mid-Atlantic
Edible Parts
Height
1’-3’

Asclepias syriaca

Plant Type
Wildflower, Forb
Native Range
Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Midwest
Edible Parts
Height
3’-5’

Corylus americanus

Plant Type
Shrub
Native Range
Northeast, Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest
Edible Parts
Nuts
Height
6’-12’

Acer rubrum

Plant Type
Deciduous Tree
Native Range
Southeast, Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest
Edible Parts
Height
40’-70’

Muhlenbergia capillaris

Plant Type
Grass
Native Range
Southeast, Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest
Edible Parts
Height
3’-4’

Andropogon glomaratus

Plant Type
Grass
Native Range
Southeast, Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southwest
Edible Parts
Height
3’-6’

Ilex verticillata

Plant Type
Shrub
Native Range
Southeast, Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest
Edible Parts
Height
6’-12’
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Origins

I built Mergoat on the ashes of my former life. In 2017, I found myself in an extremely precarious financial crisis. Dissatisfied, dehumanized, and under supported by hourly wage grinding, I was trapped. I had one thing of small value: an 1994 American made Fender Telecaster. I sold it for around $800, and used that money to purchase a mower, weedeater, and blower. Living in a one room apartment, and driving an old Subaru outback: Mergoat was born.