All in Landscape Techniques

Saving Water In Your California Friendly Garden

Learning how to save water in our gardens here in Southern California is vital. Water is a scarce and precious resource that all living things need yet we use 60% of our drinking water in our landscapes, and even on dry days, millions of gallons of water are wasted due to inefficient irrigation. When it does rain, we throw it all away into our storm drains where it picks up trash and pollution and ends up at our beach and in our ocean killing wildlife and risking human health.

Creating Healthy Living Soil

Healthy soil behaves like a sponge, holding onto water until it is full, and then releasing the excess. Healthy soil locks up carbon, removing it from the atmosphere. Healthy soil protects against floods and drought. Healthy soil is crumbly, allowing for pockets of oxygen that is vital for the soil organisms. Healthy soil is teeming with life. Millions of microbes in a single teaspoon of soil, all working with the plants to create a beautiful, easy care landscape. 

Recycling Rain Using Rain Water Harvesting Techniques

There seem to be two schools of thought on rain water. One is that it is our enemy and needs to be removed from our property as quickly as possible.

The second is that water is our friend, and we need to capture it and let it sink back into the soil. Clearly, moving it away from the house is important, but shipping it out to the storm sewer system causes problems in the ocean and wastes a natural resource.

Decorative Pots in the Landscape

At The Yard Fairy we use decorative pots in the landscape frequently. Sometimes its just the pot we want to see, other times we grow beautiful plants in them too. If we are wanting to grow plants in them, we need to consider how they will get water. Often we will run a micro irrigation tube up through the bottom and then run a circle of micro drip around the circumference of the pot. Other times, we can count on the existing sprinklers to give us just enough water to keep plants like succulents going.

How We Work

Beautiful walkways, patios and seating areas replace the need for high maintenance turf grass

We currently offer three types of service:

  • A Landscape Consultation service which helps you take stock of your yard and assess the next steps for particular problem areas
  • A Garden Coaching service which helps you improve your gardening skills and develop your yard
  • A 'Do It Yourself Landscape Design' service which offers a virtual design service that you can then install yourself at your leisure.

Lawn Be Gone and Garden Gurus

On Saturday, I took part in the very first Green Gardens Group Lawn Be Gone Hands On Workshop (HOW) funded by Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP).

A group of 36 attendees transformed a less-than-attractive, water wasting, pollution generating, carbon negative suburban front yard in Los Angeles into a watershed wise landscape in which rain from the roof, via an inexpensive rain barrel, is captured, filtered, cleaned and stored in a living soil sponge. Between the plants and the microbes, carbon from our atmosphere is converted into pizza to feed the a rocking soil party.