Landscape

"The Lawn Goodbye" - KCET Focus on Lawn Alternatives

We are in record drought conditions, and the word is spreading in Southern California - traditional lawns use more water than we can afford. KCET reporter Jennifer Sabih gets the facts from the City Of Santa Monica's Russell Ackerman in this fresh video.

garden-garden-2013

garden\garden Proves that Sustainable Landscapes Perform  

garden\garden, a public demonstration garden at 1718 and 1724 Pearl St, shows that sustainable landscapes are cost-effective, environmentally beneficial, and easy to replicate. A nine-year case study documenting the resource consumption at the two gardens shows that the Native Garden (1724 Pearl St.) uses 83% less water; generates 56% less green waste and requires 68% less maintenance than the Traditional Garden (1718 Pearl St.). View the full report: garden-garden 2013  

Airport Avenue
Demonstration Gardens

These gardens are meant to inspire you to investigate what makes-up a sustainable landscape, and hopefully to install one of your own. On the Airport Avenue Demonstration Gardens page, you will find designs, plant lists, irrigation specs, and materials lists; everything you need to make your garden transformation a reality. And don't forget the Rebates that are available to help get the job done.
 
 

 LeafBlowerBan 
All about Santa Monica's leaf blower ban 

Principles of Sustainable Landscaping

A Sustainable Landscape is based upon a unique set of design principles. These design principles are outlined below and refllect the different elements to consider when creating a landscape that minimizes its impact on precious resources like water, but maximizes its potential for creating long lasting beauty and ecological habitat. A well thought out, resource efficient design will reduce maintenance costs by working in concert with natural cycles instead of against them.
  • Minimize Impacts on Air, Water, & Fossil Fuels
  • Reduce Pesticide & Chemical Use
  • Recycle Materials On-Site
  • Source Green Building Materials
  • Choose Climate Appropriate Plants
  • Use Mulch and Control Weeds
  • Create Habitat
  • Use Benign Treatments for Pests and Plant Disease
  • Plant Edibles
  • Consider Plant Placement and Scale
  • Prepare the Soil Properly
  • Integrate Rain Water Recovery Strategies
  • Install Water-Efficient Irrigation
 

All About Plants

Plants
Climate-appropriate, drought-tolerant, California-friendly, water-wise: different ways to say the same thing -- choosing the right plant material is an important part of any sustainable landscape.
Learn More.

A Website for Sore Eyes

LACoastalSMALL
Take a gander at some gorgeous gardens, point and click on the plants you like and - voila! - you tap into a wealth of information on that particular plant species.  Click again and you automatically compile a printable list of plants that can easily be handed-off to a landscaper or an attendant at your favorite nursery. 

This tool will go a long way in helping you overcome some of the most significant hurdles in getting your sustainable landscape project started.
City of Santa Monica © 2014

Santa Monica Office of Sustainability and the Environment
1685 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90401 · (310) 458-2213 · TTY (310) 917-6626