Conforms with the guiding principles of Eco-Friendly Landscaping
With an Emphasis on recycled materials, and on-site water
management, this eco-friendly landscape demonstrates
how a variety of features, materials, and plants neatly fit
into this small-scale property with bountiful beauty.
- Incorporating edible plants, such as this Dwarf Eureka Lemon tree,
into an otherwise "ornamental" landscape is a welcome site. Planted
in a decorative container, this focal point cheerfully greets family and
- Plants such as the Dwarf Oregano (Origanum vulgare 'Betty Rollins')
enjoy the full sun that this front yard receives due to its western
- Entry walkway features recycled concrete pavers with path gravel
allowing water to flow from solid concrete sections to permeable
concrete and landscaped areas, reducing runoff and increasing
storm water management.
- Driveway features recycled concrete pavers set on base rock with
path gravel between pavers, allowing rain water and water from
downspouts to soak into the soil beneath. This reduces pollutants,
such as oil and other chemicals from the driveway entering
gutters, drainage systems, and ultimately streams and rivers. Gentle mounding and contours in the soil help direct storm water
to permeable surfaces and planting areas.
- Cooling shade is provided by patio's overhead structure constructed
of reclaimed wood.
- The patio features recycled concrete pavers with path gravel, which
is permeable, allowing rain water to soak into the soil beneath, help-
ing to recharge the groundwater.
- Natural wood mulch on soil surfaces in planting areas helps to re-
duce weed growth, retain soil moisture, moderate the soil's temp-
erature, reduce erosion, protect the soil from compaction, and add
organic matter that feeds beneficial soil organisms.
- Native "mow free" lawn is easy to care for and the perfect,
functional size for this landscape.
- Little to no pruning.
- Low-water use plants neatly line the side yards. Placing the right
plant in the right place coupled with proper care results in low
maintenance and plants that require little or no pruning.
- UC Arboretum All-Stars and a variety of trees, shrubs, and perennial
ornamental grasses suited to this region bring movement and color
into this landscape.
- Irrigation optimized for peak water efficiency. Valve zones are
apportioned into "hydrozones", where plants of similar water needs
are grouped together, and watered at the same time.
- The lawn sprinklers use high-efficiency nozzles.
- All plants are watered with "inline" drip tubing with built-in emitters.
- A smart, weather-based controller is utilized for daily adjustment of
the irrigation schedule to respond to changes in the weather.
- Multiple flush points are specified for easier maintenance of the
- During unusually dry winters and in drought conditions, supple-
mental watering may be necessary, especially for California
natives and plants in rain gardens, because these plants
rely on winter rains to sustain themselves.