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are responsive to the environment and can positively contribute to the development of healthy communities. While energy efficiency remains the Holy Grail for green buildings, sustainable landscapes help sequester carbon, clean the air, promote water conservation, prevent resource depletion, and create value through significant economic, social, and environmental benefits.
Rain Water Harvesting
By carefully grading a subtle channel throughout your landscape, you can direct the flow of water to a rain garden or drain. As the water runs through the landscape, it’s filtered by plant roots and soil to remove toxins, such as from an asphalt-shingled roof. With a bioswale, the water is directed through the landscape, but may not always be reused.
A rain barrel is a system that collects and stores rainwater from your roof that would otherwise be lost to runoff and diverted to storm drains and streams. Usually a rain barrel is composed of a 55 gallon drum, a vinyl hose, PVC couplings, a screen grate to keep debris and insects out, and other off-the-shelf items. A rain barrel is relatively simple and inexpensive to construct and can sit conveniently under any residential gutter down spout.
Drought Talerant Plants
Mediterranean climate is a term derived from those countries bordering the Mediterranean Basin such as France, Spain, Italy, Greece, and Morocco. The climate also occurs in the central coastal California. Mediterranean gardens feature plants full of texture and color. Desired plant characteristics for a Mediterranean garden:
- Drought Tolerant
- Cold hardy
- Tough and Independent
Most drought tolerant California Natives are available at local nurseries.
Benefits of California natives:
- Save Water
- Reduce Fertilizers
- Support Local Ecology
- Invite Native Birds, Bees, and Butterflies
Permaculture systems sustain both themselves and their caregivers. The ultimate purpose of permaculture is to develop a site until it meets all the needs of its inhabitants, from food and shelter to fuel and entertainment.
Permaculture emphasizes the use of native plants or those that are adapted to your locale. The goal is to plant things you like while making sure they have purpose and benefit the landscape in some way.
EDIBLE GARDEN GUIDELINES
- Emulate natures blueprint and enhance it with useful plants and animals.
- Stack plants into gilds. Discover plants that work well together.
- Make use of native plants and others adapted to the site.
- Divide yard into zones based on use.
- Identify microclimates in your yard and use them appropriately.
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Every great project starts with a thorough design process. At Stoked Oak, we work hard, smart, and with precision.
We know what your plants need and use all-natural, organic fertilization that will have lasting impacts on the health of your soil.
We are so happy with Riley and his crew and our new yard (both front and back). Overall we were very impressed with his work, his kindness, and the finished result.
I would give Stoked Oak the very highest recommendation. These guys worked their tails off! Riley listens and has good ideas and resources. He did a fabulous job and I love my drought tolerant front yard.
For the first time dealing with a landscaper, Riley was easy to understand what he intended to do for me. He and his helper were on time and worked very hard to get the job done in a timely manner. He will continue to get my business when I need anything done in the future.
Riley Kilpatrick, the owner, is easy to work with. He arrives on time each day and hires excellent help. He has great ideas, is flexible, & listens to your concerns. He keeps you posted on the progress of the project with E-mails and is upfront with the costs. I highly recommend Stoked Oak.