Elements of Sustainable Landscaping
- Microclimate Plant Grouping
- Permaculture Grading for Hydrology
- Plant Selection For Climate, Colors and Ecological Companionship
- Water Management Strategies
- Organic Food Gardens/ Orchards
- Composting Systems • Water Catchments
- Rain and Grey-water Harvesting
Permaculture, is an approach to designing human settlements and agricultural systems modeled on the relationships found in natural ecologies. Vertically integrated systems of food production, housing, sustainable technology, and community development harmonize where waste outputs generated from one system may become inputs for another. Permaculture is built upon an ethic of caring for the earth and interacting with the environment in mutually beneficial ways. Through study and practice, U Grow develops permaculture-based landscapes that help alleviate high water costs, squandered resources, ecological damage, high food cost, monotonous appearance, and maintenance/resource expenditures resulting from poorly designed plots. Our intention is to provide a design platform where individual may be actively involved in creating their own environmental solutions, through the way in which they manage their own properties.
• Land and eco-system restoration
• Resource conservation
• Home protection
• Increased property value
• Establishment of healthy communities
• Restoring healthy and productive environments
• Creating systems of minimal in labor with maximum benefit
• Reducing waste outputs and environmental impact
• Lowering water and food costs
Xeriscaping and Zero-gardening refer to landscaping/gardening in ways which reduce or eliminate the need for supplemental irrigation. Plants whose natural requirements are suited to local climate are emphasized. Advances grading and permaculture techniques improve hydrology to the property and work together with specialized micro irrigation systems, and mulching to create water efficiency and healthy gardens.
The specific plants used in xeriscaping depend upon the climate- California allows for a brilliant color array of adaptable, low water perennials. Some common plants used in Western xeriscaping are agaves, aloes, cactuses, various succulents, lavender, sedum, ornamental grasses, sages (salvias) rosemary and thyme. A well-designed drought-tolerant garden should not be sparse in the least, possessing naturalistic composition, diversity and year-round color. The water you save can be used for food cultivation!