The San Francisco Bay Area is one of the most environmentally conscious regions in the Unites States. More and more residential home owners, as well as commercial properties are looking to reduce their ecological footprint as a way to promote sustainability, conserve resources, and save money.
What is Sustainable Landscaping
Sustainable landscaping, otherwise known as eco-friendly landscaping, is landscaping that minimizes the ecological footprint of your landscape garden. Some of the practices incorporated into eco landscaping include the use of native plants, drought resistant plants, or the installation of edible landscapes and permaculture gardens, which can also serve to reduce your food bill. Sustainable landscaping takes into account water use minimization, either through efficient irrigation, rain water harvesting techniques or the installation of grey water systems. Use of reclaimed or recycled materials, especially in hardscape installation is also an important factor in sustainable landscaping. Organic soils and non-chemical fertilizers also come into play with eco-friendly landscaping practices.
Sustainable Landscaping Services
At Farnsworth Landscaping, we work with home owners and commercial businesses to create beauty and function, while maintaining a low ecological footprint. We select plant palettes that not only create beauty but also attracts beneficial insects, while providing valuable, regenerative nutrients to the soil. We supplement our soil with organic fertilizers, instead of chemical fertilizers. Non-chemical fertilizers include ground glacial rock dust which is full of magnesium, iron, and other trace minerals; kelp meal; “green sand”, which comes from ancient peat bogs; bird & bat guanos, and more.
We create Bay Area Native Gardens. Included in the diverse palette of native plants available are plants that have naturalized over the period of a century. Native plants that you would typically see on a hike in Bay Area coastal areas, or California inland areas. Usually, native plants are drought resistant – they don’t require excess water beyond 1-2 seasons. Some examples include: Monkey Flower, California poppy, Indian Painbrush, Sedum succulents, and Rock Rose.
Lawn conversion helps save water and fertilizer. Lawns are in fact, not ecologically sound for most ecosystems. In some locales, it is possible to get a rebate for residential lawn conversion. Some lawn conversion options include replacing grass with drought tolerant, native plants and food gardens.
We can install high tech irrigation systems that leverage satellite systems that monitor weather patterns, which can beam information to your system so that it automatically adjust irrigation clock. This can be patched to your PC, so you can control your irrigation system remotely. On the more economical scale, we can install water catchment system to harvest rainwater for landscape irrigation.
We also build grey water systems that utilize waters from bathrooms and kitchens. This water will run through a filtration system and then be used to irrigate non-edible landscapes.