Orange County Coastkeeper, creator of the SmartScape program, announces the release of its new manual detailing how to manage all aspects of drought-tolerant landscaping, from planting to maintenance. For some Orange County residents, the excitement of switching to drought-tolerant landscaping quickly turns to concern because they don’t know how to maintain the new landscape. With Coastkeeper’s free manual, residents now have the expertise they need to successfully create and keep up water-wise works of art.
“It takes about two years for drought-tolerant landscaping to take root and become self-sustaining, but many landscaping professionals don’t let customers in on that secret,” says Ray Hiemstra, Coastkeeper’s associate director of programs. “Home and business owners are left with without the proper information to ensure bright, blooming gardens.”
The free manual, available in print and online in English and Spanish, is a new offering from Coastkeeper’s SmartScape program – which assists property owners, landscaping contractors, businesses and residents with every step of the landscape transformation process from identifying financial incentives and designing to installation and long-term management. By transforming turf grass-based landscaping into SmartScapes, residents can conserve water, eliminate dry-weather runoff, reduce maintenance costs and reduce carbon emissions.
A stellar example of the potential of drought-tolerant landscaping is on display at the Coastkeeper Garden. This unique, sustainable garden spotlights plants from six Southern California native habitats as well as drought-tolerant plants on 2.5-acres of land located adjacent to Santiago Canyon College.
To learn more and get started on your SmartScape, contact Ray Hiemstra at the Coastkeeper office at 714-850-1965 x 304 or [email protected]
This article was released by the Orange County Coastkeeper.