CalRecycle.ca.gov has dozens of resources and a video on sustainable landscaping for homeowners.
” Sustainable landscaping practices can produce significant economic and environmental benefits. Savings include reduced labor, water, and fertilizer costs, lower hauling expenses and disposal fees.” Grasscycling, composting, and mulching return valuable organic material to the soil, which increases the water-holding capacity of soil, reduces erosion, and conserves water. Proper watering, fertilizing, and pruning along with Integrated Pest Management can encourage healthier, disease-resistant plants and can reduce the amount of pesticides, fertilizers, and other toxic runoff entering storm drains.
Also, visit the Home Gardening section! www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Organics/Gardening/
Text by Deni Mosser