Perennial garden front yard in West Los Angeles. Look closely and you can see a Monarch butterfly coming in for a landing on the milk weed, right at the front door
This is a cool landscape that does not increase global warming, all low water use California native plants except for the existing Crepe Myrtle tree that blends well. "Forest floor" wood chip mulch does not reflect heat like gravel, and serves as a blanket to cover the super efficient Netafim drip irrigation system. Pathways are permeable decomposed granite, machine compacted without chemicals. Plant list includes Salvias, Eriogoniums, Ceanothus, Penstemon, Asclepias and others to attract butterflies and hummingbirds.
Calyophus, Salvias, Mimulus, Eriogonum and Thyme accent the Palm Springs gold gravel and decomposed granite walkway.
Now that LADWP is offering a $3.75/sq ft rebate for residents to replace their lawns, everyone seems to be getting in on the action. Here is a recent lawn replacement that KRM designed and installed in West Hills, CA. Landscapes like this one require very little maintenance and water.
Kuser residence, a Bouquet Canyon Flagstone walk with living joints of Dymondia and Thyme. The front "lawn" area is planted with Carex panza (California Meadow Grass).
We don't use chemical fertilizers because they contain "salts" that disturbs the soil ecosystem. The soil ecosystem is a living community of organisms in and above the soil. The organic matter in the soil supports bacteria, fungi and mycorrhizae which are used by large organisms like protozoa, nematodes, earthworms and arthropods. The cycle is completed by birds and other animals that eat the "bugs" and add more organic material to the soil.
We have been using GrowBetter organic fertilizer supplied to us from Jongs, a chicken farmer in Riverside, California. (yes its chicken poop). Read more about the Soil Food Web at www.jongs.com
Dry stream bed with California Native Plants
Thanks to my daughter Kerstin I now have a fabulous new website. Check it out at www.krmgarden.com