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WHY ECOGARDENS?

There a plenty of reasons to convert to a sustainable landscape.

  • Conserve water

  • Save money - Apply for a rebate and see your water bill go down!

  • Grow native plants and flowers to attract birds and butterflies

  • Reduce polluted runoff to our beaches

  • Collect and use rainwater

Many of the existing lawn removal companies and landscapers use plastic weed barriers, toxic weedkillers, invasive non-native species, and other methods that are harmful to our native ecosystems and the wildlife that depend on them. We work to rebuild soil ecosystems, so as to better store carbon and support the diversity of California native plants. Traditional lawns have compacted soil and grading that direct rainwater off the landscape, into storm drains, and out to the ocean.  This outdated design wastes water - our most precious resource.  Water then flows down streets, picking up pollutants (bacteria, toxins, trash) that end up at our local beaches and oceans.

The EcoGarden uses native plants to bring biodiversity back into the city.  Rain gardens and swales capture rainwater, which infiltrates the soil (a natural filter) to recharge aquifers. Cisterns and rain barrels capture rainwater for use in the garden. Capturing rainwater onsite conserves water and protects our oceans from pollution.

WHY CALIFORNIA NATIVES?

  • They work best to conserve water and nutrients since they are adapted to this region's climate.

  • They provide habitat for birds, butterflies and pollinators who have adapted specifically to these plants over millennia.

  • They prevent erosion and stabilize slopes.

  • They support local biodiversity whereas non-native drought tolerant plants do not

  • They are some of the most beautiful flowering plants!

 

This ecological approach is not only important to your home, but it builds a cleaner, more natural environment for our community! Garden water use drops, saving water and money, and local beaches become safe for our children. Native birds and butterflies return to the city. Rain gardens absorb inches of rain and store it deep in the garden's soil, to be taken up by deep-rooted natives throughout the year.

 

Need we say more? :)