LANDSCAPE LOCALLY — take into
account the existing site characteristics
|Consider climate, sun exposure, and soil
||Plants are stronger and healthier, reducing
need for water, fertilizer, and pest control.
||We avoid having invasive plants escaping
into our natural areas, where they can spread rapidly and outcompete
natives, degrade wildlife habitat, and increase fire danger.
LESS TO THE LANDFILL
Grasscycle (leave the
grass clippings on the lawn after mowing)
||Reduces green waste, saves time and money,
and contributes to a vigorous lawn.
|Use on-site plant debris as
||Keeping plant debris on-site
returns valuable nutrients and organic matter to the soil, improving
soil and plant health. It also reduces the cost and pollution associated
with transporting it off-site.
Compost on-site plant
|Choose plants that can grow to their
natural size in the space allotted them
||Plants require less pruning which results
in less green waste.
|Reduce, reuse, and recycle construction
waste (concrete, bricks, etc.) for landscape features
||Reduces waste, conserves natural resources,
strengthens market for recycled products.
NURTURE THE SOIL — promote
beneficial soil organisms
|Amend the soil with compost before planting
||Fosters a diverse, fertile, and disease
suppressive soil, resulting in stronger, healthier plants. Improves soil
structure, aeration, and water holding capacity.
||Mulch conserves water, suppresses weed
growth, and improves soil structure.
|Feed soils naturally; avoid synthetic,
quick release fertilizers
naturally feed the soil. Slow release fertilizers make nutrients
available to the plants when they are needed, resulting in a more even
rate of growth.
requires much more water to keep healthy than other landscape plants. By
reducing or eliminating the lawn area, you will be conserving water and
energy, as well as reducing the need for fertilizers and pesticides.
|Grow low-water use California natives or
||Native and Mediterranean plants are
naturally suited to our climate, thereby requiring less soil
preparation, watering, mowing, fertilizing, and spraying. Using local
natives reduces the risk of spreading invasive species.
|Design, install, and maintain high
efficiency irrigation systems
||Conserves water by limiting evaporation and
runoff. Also reduces plant diseases and minimizes weed growth.
|Plant and protect trees to shade homes,
paved areas, and air conditioners
||When properly placed, mature trees can
reduce the interior temperature of a building by as much as 20 degrees,
reducing summer cooling costs by 25-40%.
Air conditioner run more efficiently when shaded.
|Avoid unnecessary outdoor lighting
PROTECT WATER &
|Use River Friendly
Pest Control methods for better pest management and a cleaner
||Avoids the use of
pesticides, thereby protecting the health of local waterways
|Choose pest-resistant plant varieties
|Include plants that support
||Reduces pollution that would otherwise
collect in our creeks and rivers. Aids in groundwater recharge.
|Use manual tools in place of power tools
||Reduces air and water pollutants that
result from the use of power tools
CREATE & PROTECT
|Create diversity by choosing California
native plants first
||A diverse landscape better resists disease
and insect pests. Natives flourish with less water, fertilizer, and
maintenance, and foster local wildlife
|Reduce/eliminate the use of pesticides and
||Beneficial organisms are not harmed,
allowing them to keep pests under control.
|Provide water & shelter
||Water and shelter support wildlife and add
interesting elements to the landscape.