Novato | 3,500 sq. ft. Xeriscape

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

In–a-gadda-da-vida – song by Iron Butterfly 1968, a homonym for “In the garden of Eden”

Michael has transformed a front lawn shrouded in conifers, tea tree and rosemary struggling on clay watered by sprinklers; a back hillside smothered by decades of English ivy, scotch broom and bay-crowded oaks sprinkled with blackberry, pampas grass and helleborine (an invasive genus of European orchid) into a phantasmagorical xeriscape showcase. Many unsual plants from all the Mediterranean and some desert climates (Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, Madagascar, California, SW US and Mexico) now populate this Eden.

Trenches and berms remediated the clay with sandy loam, lava rock, organic compost and the sheet mulched-lawn has now become a creek-bed of pebbles and colored glass. The immediate back yard has raised beds for edibles, five types of citrus and a Japanese garden existing comfortably with the coastal live oaks. Ivy has been replaced with CA natives and the removal of the invasive bay tree the oaks are thriving, and toyon and and coffee berry returning, over 60 species of bird, numerous butterfly and bee species and many mammals travel through.

Watering is limited to handheld for the vegetable patch.

North Marin Water District Home Water Survey

NMWD-Logo-White-LetteringNorth Marin Water District offers free Water Smart Home Surveys to its customers. This free service includes indoor and outdoor water efficiency checks, a landscape irrigation system efficiency test and a leak detection test.

Our friendly, knowledgeable survey technicians can show how you can easily conserve more water and save money, and we’ll even give you money-saving rebate and incentive information to get you started. Best of all, your appointment can be scheduled at a time that is convenient for you.

Indoors, we will inspect:

  • Faucets
  • Showerheads
  • Toilets
  • Dishwashers
  • Clothes washers
  • Other water-using devices in the home

Outdoors, we will inspect:

  • Flow and leaks
  • Sprinklers and irrigation systems
  • Hoses
  • Faucets
  • Landscaping
  • Water meter

They will also ask about current water usage within the home so they can advise you on ways in which you can easily save water and avoid water waste. You’ll also get free low-flow showerheads and aerators as needed to achieve maximum water efficiency.

To sign up for a Water Smart Home Survey Click Here or call (707) 547-1909.