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Top 3 Southern California Permaculture Tips

In Southern California Permaculture Can Really Shine

image: southern california permaculture tipsFor property owners or developers in Southern California, Permaculture can make the difference.  This ecological design discipline reduces long-term costs.  It also restores the landscape.  You can create habitat for threatened and endangered pollinator species, such as the Monarch Butterfly, use much less water, and grow healthier plants.  Permaculture is all about efficiency, and you can take advantage of its benefits.

Here in Southern California, where Eco-Logic is headquartered, drought is a major issue.  Mismanagement of the region’s landscape is a major cause of drought.  But this is preventable and reversible.  Simple “fulcrum moves” used in permaculture design allow you to reap big benefits for little effort.

Southern California Permaculture Tips

Our top 3 tips to take advantage of permaculture in Southern California make it easy to benefit with the least effort.  First, when you hire a landscape maintenance company, called a “gardener” here in SoCal, you are unwittingly assuring your landscape will be dependent on high-maintenance.  Most people don’t realize these “mow-blow-and-go” companies’ lack of training and education means hiring them degrades your landscape.  We understand these companies make their living providing landscape maintenance services, but we want to educate homeowners about the dangers of this type of landscape management.  Next, we’ll look at lawn options you might not know about and how to take advantage of incentives that save you even more money.  Finally, your soil health is vital to lowering the cost of maintaining your landscape.

  1. Tip #1 – Look for a “gardener” with some education in the landscape field.  Ask them questions about their philosophy and basic services.  If the main offerings they provide are lawn mowing, leaf blowing, and hedge trimming, we recommend you steer clear.  These services are polluting, noisy, and remove plant material at the wrong times and in the wrong circumstances.  It can be difficult to find a maintenance service with an educated staff and green knowledge, but the extra research and Q&A you do when looking to hire a gardener to take care of your yard can save you money and lost property value.  Click here to download a free property value report.
  2. Tip #2 – Replace your high-maintenance lawn.  You have options that include either plantings or a new lawn that is low-maintenance.  Most people don’t know about ecological lawns, one of Eco-Logic’s specialties.  You don’t have to mow or water, and you still get to wiggle your toes in living green grass.  Another option is taking out your lawn entirely and getting beautiful plantings instead.  You get cash-back for this option, further reducing your costs from those of maintaining a traditional high-cost lawn.  Learn more about these options.
  3. Tip #3 – Focus on soil health to reduce maintenance and keep plants healthy, too.  Southern California soils are often really more like dirt than soil.  They have been dried out and compacted through lack of proper care.  Exposed dirt is extremely difficult to grow in.  So we recommend covering all areas of exposed ground area with some kind of mulch.  We prefer shredded bark mulch.  The great thing about this is that you can get free mulch from either your city or your local utility company when they trim trees along power lines.  Be sure to cover the earth with a thick layer of this woody organic debris to get the intended benefits.  Six inches applied will settle to four inches, which is the minimum Eco-Logic recommends to start building soil structure, moisture-holding capacity, and nutrients right away.

In Southern California Permaculture Can Reduce Your Costs

In this post, we’ve shared our top 3 tips for using permaculture to maximize your cost-savings and improve your landscape health.  Following these essential permaculture strategies is a win-win for both the property owner and the landscape itself.  A little research before you hire a gardener, replacing your lawn with low-maintenance options, and focusing on transforming dirt into soil will do wonders for your land and your pocketbook.  🙂

Tree Removal Service For A Canary Island Pine

Tree Removal Service for a 75 Year-Old Stunner

image: tree removal service for canary island pineA former client of ours recently took advantage of our complimentary email Q&A following completion of her permaculture master plan.  Her neighbors felt a little afraid that the tree might fall on them in high winds.  The previous week had presented us all with several days and nights of windy weather, and one of the Pine’s limbs had broken in the storm.  The tree removal service for trimming hadn’t shown up for the appointment she had made prior to contacting me.  As with most things, the unintended pause allowed her intuition an opportunity to breathe.  She was able to voice her suspicions that the missed appointment had happened for a reason, maybe that the tree should not be taken down.
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How to Keep Plants Alive Under California’s New Water Conservation Laws

New State Water Law Means Preparation Now

image: california water lawTwo recent bills make significant adjustments to water use and costs in California.  Here’s what you need to know and what you can do.

The two big issues we’ll cover are reduced water usage and increased water rates.  Senate Bill 606 and Assembly Bill 1668 went into effect in 2019 but won’t be enforced until 2021, so you have a little time to prepare.  But how should you do that?

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How To Attract Beneficial Wildlife to Do Your Yard Work For You

Did you know that wild creatures perform what are called ‘ecosystem services’ and that if you provide habitat for beneficial wildlife they can help you reduce your maintenance and utility costs while increasing your property value?

Take a look at this short video to learn more and get a FREE strategy specific to your property by signing up HERE.

It’s easy to lower your landscape maintenance bills by attracting beneficial wildlife. You can use permaculture to create a low-cost, food-producing oasis in your yard.

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When Trying Permaculture, What Is the Best Way to Start?

Permaculture, What Is It?

Maybe you’ve heard the term permaculture.  What is this, you’re probably wondering.  Well, permaculture is a design discipline, like landscape design, architecture, or graphic design.  It is the application of a specific set of principles to the design process.  There are also specific techniques involved in the process.  The main difference between permaculture and other design framework is that the focus is ecological restoration and/or the establishment of self-supporting ecological systems on a site.

One of the things that’s exciting about this is that this design discipline can be applied to any size property or landscape.  Over the almostimage: permaculture, what is it? 16 years that I have been a professional permaculture designer, I’ve created Read More

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How to Use Rainfall to Your Advantage

How to Keep What Rainfall Your Yard Gets

Rain.  Some of us get more of it than others.  In some cities it pours most of the year, while in others total annual rainfall is measured in a tuna can.  You might not need to conserve as much water if you get a lot of rain.  But even in high-precipitation areas of the country (and world), it’s more about infiltration than how much rain falls.

Infiltration is king when it comes to making the most use of rainfall.  In areas where soil is exposed and compacted, water can’t make its way in.  Instead, it sheets over the top of the soil.  This means it ends up in the ill-conceived street drainage system.  I say ill-conceived because the storm water engineering we’re all living with was designed to carry water away, not into, the landscape.

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