Sustainable Sonoma


Rohnert Park | Lawn to Habitat Front Yard

Front Yard Only

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Garden features:

  • Drip Irrigation.
  • Pesticide Free.
  • Lawn Conversion/Replacement.

Landscape designer Ingrid introduces her clients garden:

To convert a lifeless lawn with adobe soil to a living landscape in the style of Sonoma County with the right choice of plant material. We framed the existing mature olive within an island of healthy soil brought in. We planted pollinators and evergreen grasses to compliment the tree. There are four islands in all. Two incorporate existing citrus and manzanita. They all support pollination plants with the beauty of Spanish lavender and golden yarrow. We created a border of Calamagrostis ‘Karl Forester’ which when mature will achieve a 5′ height to screen the noice of the busy street.

The residential windows are screened with Pittosporum ‘Silver Sheen’ which, when mature will achieve a natural and lacy privacy. The entire garden is irrigated with an automatic Orbit timer, extremely easy to understand. Water use is low, the system operates ten minutes daily. Emitter lines are laid at the bases of each plant. No water is wasted with overspray.

The emitter lines are disguised in each island. We have placed local Sonoma fieldstone to create a more natural look. We are laying a quartzite pathway for an easy and attractive access throughout the landscape.


  • Landscapes Unlimited for the plants
  • Sonomarin for soil and arbor mulch
  • Shamrock for the quartzite flagstone

A printable plant list is available to download for this garden that lists the majority of the native plants as well as some non-natives and a few of the roses.

Russian River Friendly Landscaping Principles and Practices

Landscape Locally

Russian River Friendly landscaping recognizes that our landscapes, whether they are commercial, institutional, residential or open space, are part of the larger ecosystem of the Russian River Watershed. It does not mean that the landscape must be wild and uncontrolled, but rather on the whole, it respects the natural attributes of our region and contributes to the health, diversity and sustainability of the Russian River ecosystem.

In return, many of the natural processes of a well functioning ecosystem, like nutrient cycling, can then benefit the landscape you design, construct or maintain. In addition, your clients are re-connected to nature through their landscapes.

  1. Select and evaluate the site carefully
  2. Assess the soil and test drainage
  3. Survey and protect flora & fauna
  4. Consider the potential for fire
  5. Use local, natural plant communities as models