Jake, how’d you get your start?
My dad gets all the credit and all the blame for getting me into this business. One of my earliest memories in the business at age 13 was walking around a client’s backyard, clearing rocks with my older brother, Joel. Dad started his landscaping company the year I was born, and over the years he’s fired and re-hired us more times than I can count.
Your designs are totally unique and so original. What inspires you?
I use unconventional objects for conventional purposes — there are so many beautiful objects that people see as junk, that can be restored and transform an entire yard. I’ll almost always opt for the eco-friendly alternative, when it exists. I love to use things that are worn, things that have a story.
What can you offer a client that no other landscaper can?
I’m very much into capturing the personality and the vibe of my clients while maintaining the integrity of the materials I use. I believe that a home’s landscape can provide so much comfort and serenity, and can also be the setting for lots of fun and memorable moments. We also provide a service on the website called Online Design, which allows folks from anywhere in the nation to submit photos of their backyard and I’ll sketch out and impose my design ideas for them remotely. It’s the idea of conceptual design being made available anywhere.
Landscape designer and artist, Jake Moss, is often recognized by his signature fedora hat and his infectious energy as the designer/host of DIY Network’s, “Yardcore”. When Jake isn’t re-designing backyard living spaces for television, he is busy in the backyards of northern California creating masterpieces out of the most unlikely materials, “scrappin’ it,” as Jake says. His custom landscape designs are crafted to suit each individual or family’s personality, and are a fascinating fusion of art and landscape design using repurposed, recycled and reclaimed items often found in scrap yards or on old ranch properties.