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Marina Residence

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  • SidewalkNewGrasses
    Here are three wonderful bunches of Aristida purpurea (Purple threeawn native grass) on the sidewalk planting strip used to replace invasive grasses.
  • Front-Yard
    An excellent example of a thick layer of mulch being used throughout the garden to prevent weeds and preserve soil moisture. Here is a picture of a thriving Leucospermum (Pin Cushion) and Arctostaphylos ground cover surrounded by mulch.
  • FrontSucculents
    Beautiful succulents to add another drought-tolerant and colorful feature to the front garden area.

Active Homeowner Garden

  • Rain barrel with chain
    Rain barrels with rain chains have been installed in two areas at this home to capture and slow down the water from non-pervious surfaces like the roof. Due to the hillside topography, the runoff from over 3000 sq ft of roof would create erosion and runoff into the street without some mechanism to slow the water down.
  • rain sensor + controller
    The irrigation controller and rain sensor are only used for the lawn; there is no other irrigation on the property. The lawn is only 512 sq. ft. which is less than 10% of the garden area.
  • Feature Photo
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  • Aeoniums
    Drought tolerant aeoniums growing on the hillside and stabilizing the slope - no irrigation

Hillside Drive Residence

    Blair Street Residence