Did you know that a 2,100 square foot traditional garden (with a lawn) uses about 57,000 gallons of water per year? A sustainable drought tolerant garden can reduce water usage by over 41,000 gallons and eliminate the need to hire a “mow and blow” gardener. At 5 cents per gallon, the water savings alone would be over $2,000 per year.
Frank only spends about 12 hours each year maintaining his sustainable garden. He provided lots of tips for drought tolerant landscaping in his July 22, 2015 program, including;
- using drought tolerant grasses that don’t require mowing,
- sheet mulching to eliminate your lawn and improve your soil, and
- beautifying a garden with sustainable California native plants and trees,
Here are links to some other local sustainable gardening programs;
- BAWSCA (Bay Area Water Supply Conservation Agency) Programs
- Lyngso Garden Materials Classes
- San Mateo Master Gardeners Classes
Brown doesn’t have to be the new green if your convert your garden to a drought tolerant sustainable garden!