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This garden is featured in the Daily Acts Rockin’ Homestead Tour.
A beautiful example of a lawn conversion, this drought tolerant, edible landscape, provides habitat and seasonal interest as well as inspiration. Located right across the street from Cotati Creek, this little oasis extends the wildlife corridor inviting birds, insects and other critters in with its lush landscape, while the addition of more hardy edible plants like Artichoke, Pineapple Guava and Marionberry keep the human inhabitants equally satisfied. Completed in 2007, this residential conversion has created a chain reaction in the neighborhood contributing to 6 other turf conversions right around the corner.
Russian River Friendly Landscaping Principles and Practices
The need to conserve energy is as important to Russian River-Friendly landscaping as the need to conserve water. Both are increasing concerns in California as energy shortfalls and droughts continue to occur throughout the West. Energy and water are related — it takes a lot of energy to supply water to our landscapes.
Conventional landscapes also directly consume large amounts of fossil fuels. Nationally, forty million lawnmowers consume 200 million gallons of gasoline per year, representing a huge investment of energy for this one landscape maintenance task. What’s more, the US EPA estimates that the few ounces spilled during each refueling of lawn and other garden equipment — during the summer only — totals 17 million gallons of gasoline nationwide. And energy use means releasing greenhouse gases that are contributing to global warming.
Landscape designers, installers and professional maintenance staff can play an important role in conserving energy. Include these Russian River-Friendly, energy conserving practices in your design or service program:
- Shade buildings to moderate temperatures
- Reduce the heat island effect
- Shade air conditioners
- Design lighting carefully
- Choose and maintain equipment for fuel conservation
- Specify low embodied energy materials