Landscaping for public spaces, businesses, and residences is a vital part of the total panorama of sustainable living. Did you know that 60 to 70% of water use in Southern California is for landscaping irrigation?
One of the fastest developing and most desirable southern California trends is drought-resistant landscaping. Drought-resistant landscapign is desirable not only because the region is semi-arid to begin with, but because imported water supplies are always in jeopardy. Aesthetics is important when considering sustainable practices in both public and private green space. Finally, conserving the beauty and integrity of natural spaces, such as parks, forests, and, perhaps most importantly, bodies of water, is a high priority for all who want to live sustainably in Southern California. Here are links to green landscaping and conservation ideas for open spaces:
U.S. EPA - Greenacres: Landscaping with Native Plants
Los Angeles County Public Works - Smart Gardening
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California - The Garden Spot
CalReycle - Landscaping Waste Prevention