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

      Los Gatos Residence

      • gallie-pavers-patio
        Permeable flagstone patio increases stormwater infiltration and reduces run-off.
      • gallie-drain-2
        Stormwater runoff is collected in several catch basins and sent down to a large swale on the lower portion of the property
      • gallie-old-lawn-use
        600 square foot of lawn area has been replaced with native and drought-tolerant plants and mulched heavily with woodchips
      • gallie-hillside-2
        Hillside drought-tolerant plantings, heavily mulched to prevent erosion and increase water retention
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