What is sustainable landscaping?
Our definition of sustainable landscaping is a lush, beautiful and productive garden. A garden that draws no additional water from primary sources, but instead fed by secondary water – greywater and rainwater stored in the ground and harvested from the roof. We envision our neighborhoods green, with native and well-adapted Mediterranean plants and trees shading buildings and streets; providing visual enjoyment, food (yes, you can still grow your food-producing and medicinal plants in the drought if you use secondary water), and habitat-diverse ecosystems. We dream about each house in Solano county using laundry-to-landscape greywater to feed these beautiful gardens.
Sprawling lawns are a misfit in California’s drier environment. But what does fit? Gravel and hardscaping uses no water, but is it a right choice for our communities? Not only does it add heat to already rising temperatures, but it takes away shade-giving trees and habitat. Then there are the increasingly popular minimalistic landscapes – a sea of mulch with a few protruding spikes of drought-resistant plants. This approach falls in-between, providing some plants, substituting mulch for gravel for less heat, saves water, but does it provide a habitat for animals and humans? Does it nurture the land, provide shelter for body and soul?
Ready to bring this vision to reality?