Creating a Sustainable Water Smart Landscape with SPVSoils’ Grower’s Mulch!
by Craig Kolodge Ph.D. (aka Dr. K)
Sustainable Landscapes Program
In 2018, the City and County of San Diego along with 4 other partners including the Association of Compost Producers (which SPVSoils is a member of) launched and published the Sustainable Landscapes Program. This program provides guidelines on how to design and create a landscape that is optimized to thrive in our region while protecting our most valuable environmental resources supporting plant growth … WATER & SOIL!
This watershed approach to landscaping relies in large part on the wise and responsible use of recycled compost in the form of soil amendments and mulches. San Pasqual Valley Soils’ Grower’s Mulch is our composted landscape mulch which meets all the attributes and requirements the guideline so clearly describes including conserving valuable irrigation water which lowers the over-all surface transpiration rate of the landscape by 25% or more. This promotes healthy soil development and weed control beneath the mulch layer and it prevents soil erosion. It also filters surface contaminants from storm water, increasing the water infiltration rate which replenishes the ground water. Using our Grower’s Mulch provides all of these great benefits while also lowering your over-all water bill!
Enrich Your Landscape
Mulching bare soil, garden beds, slopes, etc. is the single biggest thing you can do to easily and inexpensively protect your watershed and enrich your landscape! And yet, few people take advantage of this marvelous resource because they don’t understand just how important and valuable composted mulch can be.
For those that have lawns or struggling turf areas, there are incentive programs available to help you pay to replace your lawn with a sustainable landscape consisting of drought tolerant plants and composted mulch.
To create your own sustainable landscape, download a copy of the Sustainable Landscapes Guidelines and start changing the way you landscape to be more aligned with our climate and growing conditions. And while you’re at it, stop by and pick up some of our quality composted Grower’s Mulch and discover the power of this natural product for transforming your home garden and landscaped areas into truly sustainable environments.