California Friendly® is California’s future. Water reliability is dependent on using water wisely. We need to create sustainable gardens that rely on less water. This maintenance guide will help you support California’s future:
This book has been written for every landscaper, gardener and land manager in Southern California. It has been produced by the very first collaboration between three Southern California organizations, LADWP, MWD and SoCalGas. Feel free to download a copy of the book for free and use the information in your garden and help us create a beautiful, thriving and sustainable future.
I. Introduction 1. Your Water and Energy—Let’s get this right! II. Irrigation: Maintaining Efficiency 2. The Gist of Irrigation 3. Controlling Your Controller 4. Irrigation Maintenance and Troubleshooting 5. Irrigating with Recycled Water III. Plants 6. Grasses 7. Perennials 8. Shrubs 9. Succulents and Cactus
Waterwise landscapes are not only beautiful, they help conserve valuable natural resources and create a diverse habitat of birds, butterflies and pollinators.
This guidebook provides landscape design tips and step-by-step guidelines to help you transform your lawn to a waterwise and sustainable garden. Learn how to hold on to rainwater and reduce the demand for supplemental irrigation using principles of sustainable landscaping.
Get inspired and create your very own waterwise garden today. This guidebook written and designed by Green Gardens Group.
Waterwise landscapes in three Easy Steps 1
Envision your Waterwise Landscape 3
Consider your Budget 4
II. GET INSPIRED On the Go Style Garden 5 Easy Outdoor Living Garden 7 Family Gathering Spot 9 Kids, Pets, Fun, and Friendly 11 Groundcovers and Lawn Alternatives 13 More Trees Please! 15 Plan for Parkways 17 Eat Your Yard 19 Plant for Pollinators 20
III. DESIGN YOUR GARDEN Start with a Site Plan and Test your soil 21 Consider your Microclimates 23 Evaluate your Existing Irrigation 24 Make a Bunyip 25 Map your yard as a Mini-Watershed 26 Capture First Flush: Detain the Rain 27
IV. PLAN FOR PLANTS
Grow Living Soil 29 Select Climate-appropriate plants 30 How much Water does your garden Need? 31 How much Water can your garden Save? 32 Make a Hydrozoned planting plan 33 Go with the Low Flow: Drip 34 Match Irrigation to new Hydrozones 35 Convert to Drip Irrigation 36
V. LAWN BE GONE
Lawn: Cool Season vs Warm Season grass 37 Prepare for Success 3 Lose Your Lawn and Build Healthy Soil 39 Contours for rain Capture 41 No Flat Yards 42 Contour Hillsides with Caution 43 Plant with Confidence 44
VI. GARDEN PLANS FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Make your Planting Plan 45 Use these Example Plans 46 Don't plant a Pest 47 Use this Plant List 48 Introducing The Plants 49 Inland Gardens 51 South Coast Gardens 53 North Coast Gardens 55 Slopes and Hillsides are special 57 Plan for Fire 58 Project Checklist 59 Shopping List 62
VII. TEND YOUR GARDEN Compost and Mulch 63 Manage Irrigation Efficiency 65 Plan for Zero Runoff 66 Steward Your Garden 67 Use this Maintenance Checklist 68 Landscape with a Professional 69 Index 70