Posts Tagged rainwater harvesting

Drainage and Hard Rains

California friendly Garden Many in southern California have completely changed their former lawn dominated yards into drought tolerant or “California Friendly” gardens.  This entailed ripping out all or most of the grass with surfaces like decomposed granite (DG) or laying down different sizes of gravel.  This type of landscape works well in southern California, until heavy rains begin to fall, as happened last week.  Why the surprise? When

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Rainwater Diversion Explained

Rainwater Diversion in Los Angeles Drive Way The ultimate Rainwater Diversion project is diverting rainwater underneath the driveway and this is explained by Enviroscape LA Founder Mike Garcia. Enviroscape LA offers environmental friendly, sustainable Landscape Design and Installation of Low Water Use native Garden, Waterfalls and Ponds. Installation of Drip Irrigation and Rainwater Harvesting Systems in Los Angeles, CA.   Sustainable Landscape Contractor Los Angeles Enviroscape LA is located in the

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Rainwater Diversion – Enviroscape LA

Enviroscape LA Rainwater harvesting

One of Los Angeles’ biggest environmental challenges is rainwater. Lack of it and yet, when it falls, it carries all the pollution on our roofs and streets to the ocean. Modern society, with all its advances in science, medicine and health can not seem to come up with something to magically cure the problem we have created and that is killing our ocean. In the beginning, it

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Preparing for EL NINO in LA

Thinking Sustainably and Preparing for El Nino by Mike Garcia, Enviroscape LA Mitigate the storm’s effect on our home and garden – AND – Divert and capture storm water to help our severe drought We are in a severe prolonged drought yet if El Niño comes this year an estimated 114 billion gallons of water we could be capturing is lost. Even with El Niño – we are

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Couple in LA turns pool into sustainable tropical paradise

Dina Cramer wanted to turn their  barely used backyard pool into a green garden with fountain, waterfall and a creek. She and her husband, Irl, both retirees, mentioned it to Mike Garcia of Enviroscape L.A. when he came by to trim their trees. Mike Garcia recommended the Manhattan Beach couple, who have grown children, turn the pool into a rainwater-harvesting garden. They already had the hole in

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Rainwater Capture Installations

Rainwater Capture Installations This backyard used to have a swimming pool, but the yard was transformed into a rain-harvest collection system complete with a pondless waterfall. Harvested water keeps the landscape green year round, and drought-tolerant plants and porous materials add to the sustainable elements of the project. Paving stones were placed on top of an installation of Flexi-Pave, a porous product that allows for the capture

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California Friendly Drought Tolerant Garden – Enviroscape LA

Native and drought tolerant garden and plants are important for Southern California not just because they are water efficient, but because they are the cornerstone of biological diversity and the foundations of the native ecosystems in our local Los Angeles environment. Using “California-friendly” plants for everything from backyard gardens to wide scale re-vegetation is a positive practice that will benefit the local habitat and all residents who live here. The

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Industry Events Address Concerns About Reduced Water Supply

Concerns about reduced water supply continue to permeate the industry. At two recent events, the news was the same: We are in trouble with respect to our water supply. At the Metropolitan Water District event, the only answer they seemed to have was to stop using water. At the California Landscape Contractors Convention, speakers refreshingly highlighted more answers than questions. Both groups agreed that Rainwater harvesting is not

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