Terry Weltmer

 

I am an owner/operator of Mountainside Irrigation & Landscape. I am originally from the Pocono Mountains in Northeast Pennsylvania. I have a B.S. from Penn State University and made my way to Tahoe in spring of 1997; chasing bigger mountains and big snow! Upon arrival to Lake Tahoe, I landed a landscape job that very day and there was no looking back! I worked several years with some of the major players in the landscape business on the North shore. This is when I learned about native species, landscape irrigation and met Tracy. Then in 2001, I purchased a landscape maintenance business in which later evolved into a full landscape construction and maintenance adventure known as Mountainside Irrigation & Landscape.

My background is in working with water and operating machinery. During the winter months, I have run snowmaking systems around the world and have honed my skills as an operator through grooming and snow removal operations. Hardscapes, trees, lawns, patios, lighting, stairways, Bocce courts, retaining walls, maintenance, water conservation thru native design and proper irrigation installation, Best Management Practices (BMPs) and defensible space are all services we provide.

BMPs are mandated by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA). These are erosion control measures for maintaining the clarity and beauty of Lake Tahoe. The goal of the BMPs is to reduce transportation of sediment from your property to the lake. This can be done thru proper landscaping and garden design. Other ways of diverting flow is installing driveway drains with sediment ponds and by placing drain rock under all eaves of the house and decks. I am a certified BMP contractor which provides knowledge and understanding of the subject and also performs the work.

After the Angora Fire several years ago the Fire Protection District has also instituted guidelines for fire protection. These measures include thinning for healthy forests and cutting of trees 14 inches in diameter of less, raking and cleaning the properties of pine needles and offering literature for fire resistant landscapes. We work with these agencies to maintain a safe environment to live and provide expertise in landscaping and defensible space.

I have assembled a crew that compliments each other well and is not afraid of hard work (we actually prefer it!). Mountainside Irrigation & Landscape is looking forward to working with you to enhance your experiences in your own backyard!