It’s no secret, water rates continue to climb and customers everywhere are looking for ways to save. This year East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) increased their rates by 9.75% and they will increase rates another 9.5% next year. In a proactive effort, we partnered with Normandy Homeowners’ Association in Alameda to participate in the EBMUD Lawn Conversionand Irrigation Upgrade Rebate Program.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Conserving water in a Bay-Friendly landscape means a holisitic approach of creating drought resistant soils, selecting appropriate plants, and using efficient irrigation. Bay-Friendly Qualified Professional Cassidy Lundin with Terra Landscape shared the story of a water conservation project they recently completed with a Homeowner's Association in Alameda.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
|Diospyros kaki. Photo: Anne Weinberger.|
An important tenet of Bay-Friendly gardening is to choose plants that will have long lifespans rather than changing out annuals every season. Not only does this practice reduce green waste and save water, it brings a sense of maturity and structure to the garden. And in autumn, many of these perennial shrubs and trees have the added benefit of lighting up the garden with eye-popping color.
Monday, October 21, 2013
Our next training for landscape professionals is coming up on Tuesday, November 5 in San Jose. Join us and give yourself a competitive edge by being a part of this dynamic approach to designing, building and managing landscapes.
If you work for or own a landscape design, construction or maintenance company, Bay-Friendly Training will help you:
- Expand your business to offer cutting edge sustainable maintenance practices
- Become better able to communicate these services to your clients
- Gain competitive advantage and earn public recognition for your expertise
- Benefit from regional marketing that promotes Bay-Friendly Qualified Landscape Professionals
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
The Bay-Friendly Coalition hosted a “WUCOLS Redux” event on September 19 at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond. This event, which was attended by 280 landscaping professionals from the Bay Area and beyond, covered WUCOLS – the Water Use Classification of Landscape Species – a list of plant species with their corresponding irrigation needs. Leading horticulturalists from throughout the state of California have provided input to the WUCOLS (sometimes pronounced “woo-calls”, sometimes “woo-cles”, but frequently by those in the know: “wuckles”).
WUCOLS is a tremendous achievement with over 3,500 species represented, and it has been adopted for many uses including within the California Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (aka MWELO). It is a tool that landscaping professionals and others can use to evaluate plant choices and existing landscapes. The revised version of WUCOLS is due to be available on November 1, 2013 (here is a link to a pdf of the August 2000 version).
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
It’s back-to-school time when my own children and their impressionable classmates are returning to Castlemont Elementary School in the Campbell Union School District to take up new seats in new classrooms at a new grade level. Meanwhile, just beyond the classroom walls, our small cadre of garden parent volunteers is beautifying our campus garden and otherwise carrying on with summer gardening tasks. We’re staking tomatoes, pruning snapdragons, clearing Bermuda grass, and harvesting zucchini. We’re asking ourselves what we can do to make the garden even more dazzling and what can be done to lure more teachers and students into our garden, closer to nature, away from organized seating charts, cluttered whiteboards and ubiquitous technological devices.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Some gardeners never water. Having established a garden with native and/or drought-adapted plants, they work the garden during the rainy season and into spring; then, as the plants become quiescent during the dry time, so do the gardeners. This is a fine way to go. Many gardeners, however, prefer to irrigate for at least some part of the year.
With the summer solstice just around the corner we are right in the middle of the dry season, and for many Bay Area gardeners that means it's irrigation season. If drip is your system of choice, Bay-Friendly Qualified Professional Deva Luna of EarthCare Landscaping shared a couple of tips to help ensure a successful system.
Thursday, June 6, 2013
The 2013 Bay-Friendly Garden Tour marked the program’s 10-year anniversary! It’s hard to believe that East Bay residents were first invited for an up close and personal look into gardener’s private retreats back in 2004, the same year that the Bay-Friendly Gardening Program was launched in Alameda County. Since that time we have witnessed many changes in the way Bay Area residents garden.