Ocean Friendly Gardens

HELP us build the Ocean Friendly Gardens program in Santa Cruz County.  What parts of this program would you like to see develop?  Want to learn about rebates for replacing your lawn? Want to join a lawn patrol?  Participate in gardenscaping days?  Workshops?  Contact our volunteer resources at chair@santacruz.surfrider.org to get started. 

 


Let your washing machine water your plants and get $ for it:  100 Greywater Challenge

The  Central Coast Greywater Alliance has set forth a challenge to install 100 Greywater systems in 2013.  If you get on board and are supplied by the City of Santa Cruz or the Soquel Creek Water District you can get a $150 rebate.  If you are in the San Lorenzo Valley you can get a $10 rebate and the rebate is $75 for Scotts Valley.  Save money and regularly water your plants without having to set the timer.

 

Love our Ocean, gardening and a healthy local ecosystem? 

How about applying a little CPR!

Save some green (money wise and garden wise) and keep your landscape every shade of the rainbow with healthy, interesting, native and diverse plants for your garden.  Follow the three principles of ocean friendly gardening to save water and other resources and help prevent dry and wet-weather runoff from your property that would end up in the ocean:

Conservation-reduce (1) water use (2) fertilizer, herbicide and pesticide use (3) energy use and (4)  air pollution by mulching and composting and by choosing the appropriate plants and watering schedules .   

Be water smart:  Santa Cruz County’s Water Smart website:   From rebate programs to local events learn how to be water smart in your area.  Love this website….especially the water smart gardening pages:

Find the right plant for you and your ecoscape: Plants and Plant Search

Get great ideas for planting with the Garden Gallery and Garden Tours pages.

Find links to other water wise garden resources: rain water, replacing lawns, permeable hardscapes just about all of it in the Garden Resources section.

Permeability-reduce runoff by increasing the permeability of our hardscapes

Allow percolation with good choices for materials for walkways, driveways and patios.  Increase the space between pavers and plant instead of mortaring.

Retention-Let water seep back into our gardens, communities and aquifers.

Build retention ponds, bioswales, dry creek beds and dry wells.  Use rain barrels and graywater.  Look for rebates from your water district for some of these water saving ideas.

 

Start small, start big but just start. 

We are the solution to pollution and water sustainability.

Simple Steps

1) Don’t water during the heat of the day!  Only water before 10am and after 4pm

2) Mulch!  Compost!

3) Harvest rainwater and re-use graywater

4) Next time you plant, choose a native or low water use variety.

5) Take a Green Gardener Class and learn ocean friendly gardening techniques: http://www.green-gardener.org/

6) Install drip irrigation, water timers and controllers.

7) Plant the right plants and cluster appropriately: learn your hydrozones -plant with water needs in mind

8 ) Hire a green gardener or landscaper:  http://www.green-gardener.org/            http://www.ecolandscaping.org/

9) Check out the Ocean Friendly Gardens website:  http://www.surfrider.org/ofg.asp

10) Purchase the Ocean Friendly Gardens Book.  Follow the guidelines and set up your own Ocean Friendly Garden.

11) Get your neighbors, friends and co-workers to help you out and inspire them to make their outdoor spaces more Ocean Friendly!