Native plant landscaping in public spaces positively impacts human and pet health, wildlife habitat, the environment, public infrastructure, operational budgets, economic development, and even private home values. Here are a few areas where Sierra Madre residents can expect to see a benefit from the city hall and post office landscapes.
Reduce Operational Costs
We expect to save operational costs, including:
100 percent of the annual flower budget
100 percent of the toxic chemical fertilizer budget
100 percent of the toxic chemical pesticide budget
100 percent of soil amendment budget
81 percent of the time spent on maintenance
75 percent of the funds used for mower petrol
60-80 percent of the water previously needed
63 percent of fees associated with garden waste
- 15-50 percent of the energy dedicated to climate control
Save and Refuel Water
Saving water was the primary goal of eliminating the expanses of lawn and annuals that once filled surrounding city hall. While the established shrubs at the post office likely used less water than a lawn, the new, native foliage and drip irrigation system will use less still. We expect the lush, leafy gardens to save anywhere from 70-80 percent of the water once used to maintain the area. Just as importantly, the bioswales will now actively work to recharge Sierra Madre’s groundwater.
Protect Our Cool
Choosing a lush, leafy garden with foliage authentic to the foothills will keep the area surrounding city hall and the post office cool. This not only makes for a more enjoyable outdoor space, it can actually cool the adjacent buildings and protect established trees as well.
Public spaces impact home values, particularly park and school spaces. The following not only give fauna, you and your family a place to play, wander and enjoy, it can increase your home values! Here’s why:
- Beautiful park space increases nearby home values,
- Vibrant foliage attracts consumers to business areas, and
- The young foliage will appreciate in value as it grows.
Even young native plant life will attract and support California native butterflies, birds and other fauna. The more we plant, the more wildlife will stop by to delight us!
Provide an Example
While the drought increased California’s focus on saving water, we have needs and goals beyond simple water savings. We want to earn water independence, protect our area from fires and slides, cool the air naturally where possible, and maintain the beauty of our city. We intend these gardens to serve as a model for reaching all of those goals with our garden choices.
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