There are a few predictable impacts of creating a garden authentic to the foothills. Here is where we intend to make an impact for our community and in your life.
Saving water was the primary goal of eliminating the expanses of lawn and annuals that once filled the space the gardens now occupy. We expect the lush, leafy gardens to save anywhere from 70-80 percent of the water once used to maintain the area.
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
Protect Our Cool
Choosing a lush, leafy garden with foliage authentic to the foothills will keep the area surrounding city hall cool and protect established trees. This not only makes for a more enjoyable outdoor space, it can actually cool city hall buildings as well.
Public spaces impact home values, particularly park and school spaces. The following not only give 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
- Tree canopies reduce neighborhood heat, attract consumers to business areas, and improve the value of nearby homes
- The young foliage will appreciate in value as it grows
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 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.