Native Plant Gardening Services

Native Landscape Design & Maintenance | Habitat restoration | Wildflower Meadows Invasive plant removal | Consultation | Education

Donna Oglesby
Donna Oglesby
2023-11-28
It helps when I am here when the crew comes. They are very responsive when we work together. They are tentative when I'm not here and they have only a note. It would be good to schedule a time window rather than a day so I know I can be present.
Julie MacNary
Julie MacNary
2023-11-28
They come when that day they’ll come and do a good job
Aracelis Chapman
Aracelis Chapman
2023-11-27
Highly recommend Wise Hands gardening service. They show up every time they’re scheduled; are thorough in hand-picking weeds and maintaining the flower beds; knowledgeable about plants and make good recommendations for native plants that are easy to maintain. Very happy with our landscaping, and we’ve recieved many compliments from folks in the neighborhood.
Andy Reeves
Andy Reeves
2023-11-24
They do a nice job when they come once a month. However, I would like for them to spray, also, so that the weeds don't come back so fast. As it stands now, my yard looks great the first week after they come, but not so great after that.
Jim Barrens
Jim Barrens
2023-11-21
Always great!
Roger Kenneally
Roger Kenneally
2023-11-16
I needed landscaping help, the plants/shrubs were old and in major disarray. Wilcox Nursery & Landscape was recommended by friends based on the work done at their condo. Nursey staff put me in contact with Stefan and Mallory, Wise Hands, LLC. We discussed (1) removal and replace of distressed plants, and filling in the bare areas with new plants, and (2) complete removal and replacement of all plants. If the second option was selected, the use of a landscape designer was recommended. After thinking on this for a long time I choice the second option. The landscape designer, Jaclyne Ingersoll, (Natural Eye for Landscape Design) office at Wilcox Nursey, was outstanding. She spent considerable time taking measurements, discussing options, and most important listening to me making sure she understood my concern and it was addressed. A native landscape design/install was recommended and selected. At the Nursery I was provided with a detailed drawing and shown pictures of the recommended mature plants. The plant selection ensured that something was always blooming during the growing season. Also, the recommended plants would attract local wildlife, like butterflies. It is really helpful if you can provide a plot plan/survey so the landscape design plan is accurate. Every aspect of the planting was exceptional. Two trees and 61 plants were installed, it took two visits. Stefan, Mallory and crew carefully removed landscape timbers, old plants, sod, and the small marble chips that were around the plants. When it was time for planting, the landscape designer was onsite confirming the placing of the plants and orientation. This team effort is important; a small change was made in one area, another plant added to make it better. The installation of the aluminum edging, plants, and the spreading of the mulch was excellent. The edging was well anchored, plants were straight and had provisions to retain water near the roots (minimize water runoff), the mulch was evenly placed and not burying the plants. At the end of each visit, before Stefan left, I was asked if I had any comments or questions. The site was neat and clean. I was provided instructions on plant care. During the following weeks Stefan and Mallory were quick to respond to my concerns on watering or plant condition. My overall impression – my satisfaction is important to them. The landscape design identified addition work on the side and rear of the house. I am looking forward to Stefan and Mallory starting Phase 2. November 2023 It has been 2 years since the review shown above was posted. I have retained Wise Hands to do plant maintenance monthly, They do it all: pruning, weeding, preparing for winter, preparing for spring, etc., at a reasonable price. I am very pleased with their communication skills, plant knowledge, and professionalism.
Jillian Bandes
Jillian Bandes
2023-11-16
I think I'm going to name them the "laughing gardeners." Their crew was making jokes the whole time they were installing. Overall, incredibly knowledgeable, down-to-earth folks. Couldn't be happier.
Antonia Lewandowski
Antonia Lewandowski
2023-11-13
The workers at Wise Hands do their work with energy and love, following my suggestions and using their initiative as well if I am not on the premises. Services are flexible: weeding, trimming, digging, unloading mulch, and each task done with full attention to detail. The office responds equally well: quickly and cordially. For those who appreciate services far beyond the usual mow and blow, this business will meet your landscaping needs.

About Us

Wise Hands started in 2019 with the idea that unique, intelligently designed, and ecologically friendly landscapes need regular care by people who know plants. We now offer one-of-a-kind landscape designs using Florida native plants, installation services, restoration work and invasive plant control, and Pinellas County public lands tree planting. Rooted in natural landscapes, our maintenance services include weeding; pruning for health, vigor and aesthetics; and small plantings. We also operate a sister company, Wise Hands Native Nursery, which focuses on growing rare native plants for wholesale buyers. We nourish truly beautiful and unique landscapes with the expertise they need to thrive. Our mission is to create and maintain natural landscapes, Florida native plantings, and wildlife gardens and to help grow a movement toward a synergy between the human and natural environments for the benefit of both. 

 

As Florida’s natural resources continue to be developed, Wise Hands’ mission becomes ever more critical. As we lose these natural spaces, they are likely lost forever, and we wholeheartedly support wildlands conservation. Alongside this challenge, urban areas and neighborhoods have the opportunity to not only be less taxing on local ecosystems, but to actually provide wildlife habitat, water purification, pollinator support, and so much more. 

 

Owners Stefan and Malory Babjak, along with their talented crew, can help make your space a place you love to be in and observe for all the life there. 

Meet The Owners

Malory Babjak

Malory’s background is in the intersection of health and food systems. Having been a yoga teacher and studied herbalism, Malory is inspired by the healing power of plants and intact ecosystems. She takes care of the internal operations and social media at Wise Hands. Malory is a certified permaculture designer, FNGLA Certified Horticultural Professional, and she has a Master of Science degree in sustainable food systems. Malory lives in Gulfport with Stefan and their daughter, along with two cats and an urban chicken flock. 

Stefan Babjak

With an eye on growth, Stefan wants to see Wise Hands continue to expand across Florida to tackle the problems he is most passionate about: biodiversity, environmental restoration, ecological resilience, and sustainability. He focuses on training employees, expanding our services, and helping the operation run smoothly. He is a certified arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), an FNGLA Certified Horticultural Professional, and has over eight years of experience working exclusively with native plants. His mission is to help people create beautiful wildlife-friendly landscapes with native plants. 

Over 12 Years of Experience

Combined Experience of 12 years of Urban Agriculture, Horticulture Experience, Gardening, Landscaping, Maintenance, and Consultation

Certified FNGLA Horticulture Professional

This is the industry’s only certification program that covers everything from plant selection, plant pests and diseases, and landscape management.

ISA Certified Arborist

The International Society of Arboriculture’s certification program to train and equip professionals to work with trees in the landscape. We provide proper identification, planting, disease and pest management, and care.

Permaculture Design Certified

Design science to create holistic and ecologically synergistic plantings, effective use of resources, and lower maintenance landscapes. Focused on food-bearing plants.

Why Us?

Services

  • Wild Lands Management & Habitat Restoration

  • Pollinator Gardens and Meadows

  • Landscape Installation

  • Consultation & Plant Identification

  • Educational and Speaking Engagements

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