Saturday, November 19, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. To 11:30 a.m., the City hosts the FREE Water Wise Gardening Class, “California Natives, Mediterranean, Drought Tolerant? Right Plant: Right Place.” at the Sanjon Maintenance Yard, 336 San Jon Road, Ventura. RSVP FOR YOUR SEAT: http://bit.ly/2fILmti
Creating a Healthy,
Ocean Friendly Landscape
“Southern Californians value rain but when rain falls on hard surfaces such as driveways and streets, it washes pollutants like pesticides, fertilizers, oils and animal waste directly into our storm drain system and out to our rivers and oceans,” says Jill Sarick, Environmental Specialist for the City of Ventura.
“One way homeowners can combat this stormwater runoff is to use landscaping best practices developed by the Surfrider Foundation referred to as ‘CPR — Conservation, Permeability and Retention©’ — and revive the health of our watersheds and oceans by transforming yards into Ocean Friendly Gardens.”
Surfrider’s Ocean Friendly Gardens programs and workshops, including the recent March through May free workshop series in association with the City of Ventura, help educate the community in CPR principles.
Tips for Creating a Healthy Landscape with CPR
- Cultivate a healthy soil by compostingComposting organic matter from kitchens and gardens creates a nutrient-rich soil amendment we can add to our gardens and flowerbeds. This material is high in nutrients and good bacteria and fungi, which enrich the soil and ensure healthy, water-holding soil that improves our gardens and watershed as well.
- Water wiselyRegularly test the moisture level in your soil. When you step on the grass, does it spring back when you remove your foot? If so, it’s receiving a sufficient amount of water. If it lies flat, water more.
From spring leading into summer, when the temperatures start to rise, rather than increase landscape irrigation watering times, a better water-wise, eco-friendly practice is to schedule a series of shorter watering times. Let water soak into the ground from a previous session. Schedule watering one to two hours apart.
Every month, check your irrigation system for broken heads, misaligned sprinklers and water that maybe deflected by overgrown plants or shrubs. Invest in a weather-based irrigation controller or smart controller that uses local climate data and your landscape needs to determine water needs.
- Conserve water by capturing it and reduce your water billUse rain barrels and chains to redirect falling rain back into your garden. This benefits your garden and saves you money too.
- Landscape with native plantsLandscape with plants that thrive naturally in the local climate with little water. Examples of low maintenance shrubs, ground cover and perennials can be found at ventura.watersavingplants.com.
For more information, visit:surfrider.org/ventura/