Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

FEB 2018

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February 2018 33 also aimed to inform the general public of healthy environmental practices whilst landscaping. The mission statement for the book reads, "California Friendly is about long-term sustainability, re - siliency and livability." Kent adds, "We need to really value our urban landscapes and the resources that it takes to sustain them. They are some of our biggest assets." He refers to the relaxing and healthy attributions that wholesome landscaping can provide for all of us. As mentioned, in spite of its title, this book aptly applies on a national level in a way that is accessible and useful to everyone. The chapters include a vast amount of information on everything from pests to irrigation and are valuable to practitioners of all levels. "The starting gardener will have the same information as the expert landscap - er," said Kent. "We really tried to level the playing field." For instance, the chapter titled, "The Gist of Irrigation" offers a complete run - down on everything you need to know in order to properly and sustainably irrigate Above The text covers four inorganic mulch- es and fourteen organic varieties, accompa- nied by tips on how to properly use and care for them. In this landscape, chipped granite mulch is being used. This popular inorganic mulch is fairly inexpensive, usually goes unaf- fected by weeds and is low maintenance. Left The chapter titled "Managing Surfaces and Slowing Runoff" of- fers this photo, which accurately depicts good surface management. Each different type of ground covering is separated and ordered and contains plants specific to it. The strip of small rocks near the walkway reduces water runoff that could spill over onto the path, saving water for the plants and minimizing hazards. It is important that each section is separate because this reduces mold that might grow on the small rocks or gravel if organic mulch was mixed in. I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 1 4 I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 4 1 3

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