What is Sustainable Landscaping?
According to the California Integrated Waste Management Board's (CIWMB) "Sustainable
Landscaping" publication,
"Sustainable landscapes are managed by using practices that
preserve limited and costly natural resources, reduce waste generation, and help prevent air,
water, and soil pollution. The goal is to minimize environmental impacts and maximize value
received from dollars expended."
At Capitol Wholesale Nursery, we are committed to finding ways to help our visitors and customers gain
access to not only the highest quality plant materials but also to the knowledge of how to plan, install and
care for the plants they purchase. To help you in your search for more information on Sustainable
Landscaping, we have created the
"Sustainability Wheel" below to assist you in accessing various
websites we have found. Please
e-mail us if you find any additional links we can add to our wheel!
Click here to view the complete Sustainability Wheel
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We understand how important it is to provide plants that will thrive in our unique Bay Area climate. That's why we carry
Mediterranean climate plants year 'round, so you have access to the plants you want when you want them.

The region around the Mediterranean Sea has a climate of mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers. This distinctive
climate pattern is also found in four other widely separated parts of the world: California, Chile, South Africa, and
Australia...The shared Mediterranean climate pattern of the five areas is now associated with fine wines and excellent
fruit. The native flora of each of these regions, however, is genetically distinctive. Nevertheless, plant species have
remarkably many features in common as a result of having survived the challenges of a similar climate.

Looking for some plants? Feel free to search our comprehensive
plant list.

"While xeriscape translates to mean "dry scene," in practice xeriscaping means simply landscaping with
slow-growing, drought tolerant plants to conserve water and reduce yard trimmings." (from CIWMB's
xeriscape web page)

Limiting the use of California's natural resources like water is important in any situation, but the use of drought-tolerant
plants also allows a designer, landscaper and/or homeowner to use plants that are also many times native to California.
When the desire is to create a low-maintenance, drought-tolerant environment, xeriscaping is the perfect solution. Let us
help you find the plants for your next xeriscaped project!

Here are some links for more information about planning and working with drought-tolerant plants:

Santa Clara Valley Water District Water-Wise Gardening Guide (Requires Adobe Reader)
Bay Friendly Landscape Guidelines

Why Native Gardens?
Here are a few of the many reasons from The California Native Garden Foundation's website:

·  Natives are more resistant to local fungal diseases and pests.

·  Natives save money by requiring less water, very little fertilizer, and a minimum of other maintenance chores.

·  Natives are diverse and display a wide range of sizes, growth patterns, cultural requirements, and flowers.

·  Many natives are beautiful and show their own unique floral design.

Call us if you're looking for California Natives and, if you're looking for more information, here are some more websites
where you can find more information about working with California Native Plants:

California Native Plant Society
Native Habitats
California Gardens
The Theodore Payne Foundation

When you're looking for erosion control or a natural looking landscape, using California Native Plant Seeds is a great
solution. Not only do you get a beautiful looking floral scape but also a typically durable and low-maintenance garden.
For availability of CA Native Seeds, the following websites can help:

Larner Seeds
S&S Seeds
Clyde Robin Seed Company
Anderson's Seed Co.
The Wildflower Seed Company of Napa Valley

If you drive through any suburban neighborhood today, you're more than likely to see several landscapes that include
some form of lawn or turf grass. What you may not know is that all turf grasses are not the same. In fact, there are
varieties for many different environments. From full sun to shade, from putting greens to hillsides, turf grass has a large
diversity of applications. For more on the peat-grown versions we represent from
Delta Bluegrass Company, please
visit our
Delta Products web page.

How can turf grass fit into sustainable landscaping? First of all, turf grass, when planned for and installed properly, can
help curb erosion, be a vital part in filtering groundwater from rainfall run-off amongst other reasons (for more
information, visit
Delta's website).

Here is a link for more information about planning and working with turf grass:

Selecting a Turfgrass

Want to avoid transplant shock?
Concerned your new plants are ready to resist whatever diseases or pests might
attack them in their new home? The answer doesn't have to lie with chemical, non-organic fertilizers and pesticides.
There's a natural way to give your plants the head start they need even as they're being transplanted, through organic
fertilizing and with live beneficial microbes for root inoculation.

One example of a microbe living inside plant roots is
Rhizobium, which lives inside the roots of plants such as peas and
clover. Another group of microbes living inside roots are
mycorrhizal fungi. Rhizobia and the mycorrhizal fungi live with
plants in symbiotic relationships. Symbiosis is the living together of two or more organisms. Often, this association helps
both organisms. Call or
e-mail us for more information on the root inoculants we can provide for all of your plants!

Here are some links for more information about some of the microbes used in root inoculants

Microbe Zoo
Benefits of Mycorrhizal Fungi
FAQ about Fungi and Mycorrhizae
(Also visit our Products Page for more information)

Compost -- What Is It? Definition:
Compost is the product resulting from the controlled biological decomposition of
organic material.

"More specifically, compost is the stable, humus-like product resulting from the biological decomposition of organic matter
under controlled conditions."  

Why use organic compost materials? "If a garden is failing, some people will pour more water on it or put chemicals
on it...This can waste water, and if chemicals are placed in the soil, those chemicals wash into our drains and water
sources...Compost is a natural alternative to chemical soil additives."

Your garden can't thrive unless the soil is capable of providing the basic nutrients needed for the plants to survive.
Adding organic compost as an amendment to your soil is an important part in creating a sustainable landscape.  "When
you garden organically, you think of your plants as part of a whole system within Nature that starts in the soil and
includes the water supply, people, wildlife and even insects. An organic gardener strives to work in harmony with natural
systems and to minimize and continually replenish any resources the garden consumes." -
From our supplier of fine
organic materials,
E. B. Stone (Also visit our Products Page for more information)
(Also visit our Products Page for more information)

Why organic fertilizer?

"At the most basic level, organic fertilizer simply means a fertilizer derived from organic matter, such as cotton, bone,
kelp, or manure. <Whereas> Chemical fertilizers are often processed from things like petroleum, or some of the gases
that are found in places where petroleum exists." -  
From "Why Use Organic Fertilizers?" Written by Travis Saling on
Westside Gardener website

We reccomend products from E.B. Stone Organics, one is Sure Start (4-6-2) which is a blend of natural organic
ingredients formulated to help newly transplanted plants develop strong roots and sturdy growth. Sure Start is rich in
natural sources of phosphorous to help your plants develop a strong foundation for future growth. Our gentle and
non-burning formula is safe to use with even the most tender transplants.
Contains Blood Meal, Feather Meal, Bone Meal, Dried Chicken Manure, Bat Guano, Alfalfa Meal, Kelp Meal, Potassium
Sulfate, Humic Acids and soil microbes including mycorrhizal fungi.

And for optimum plant maintenance try E.B. Stone Organics All Purpose Plant Food (5-5-5)  which is a blend of natural
organic ingredients formulated for use throughout the garden. It is suitable for use on vegetables, trees, shrubs, lawns
and flower gardens. All Purpose Plant Food is ideal for use when preparing new planting areas and for feeding existing
Contains Blood Meal, Feather Meal, Bone Meal, Dried Chicken Manure, Bat Guano, Alfalfa Meal, Kelp Meal, Potassium
Sulfate, Humic Acids and soil microbes including mycorrhizal fungi.  

Along with granular fertilizers, there are other powerful organic fertilizers and trace minerals such as fish emulsion with
liquid seaweed/kelp. These fertilizers are some of the most powerful natural fertilizers in the world. One such product is
E.B. Stone Organics
Fish Emulsion with Kelp. Fish products are excellent sources of N-P-K & trace minerals and are
fast-acting. Kelp has been confirmed to help in increasing crop yields, drought resistance, frost protection, and stress
recovery. Kelp's value is more as a growth stimulant than a fertilizer. When you combine fish emulsion with kelp, you then
have a product that enhances both the sustainability as well as the growth potential of your plants!

Also there is
F.S.T. (Iron and Sulfur) that contains 33% iron to help plants overcome yellow leaves. F.S.T. contains iron,
sulfur, manganese and zinc, which are essential elements for plant growth. F.S.T. is recommended as a supplemental
feeding to the normal fertilizer program to improve growth, fruiting, flowering and helps plants overcome yellow leaves.
Especially helpful to citrus, gardenias and azaleas. Helps lower soil pH.
Contains 19% Sulfur, 33% Iron, 0.50%.
Manganese and 0.50% Zinc.
Call us for more information on E.B. Stone Organics and Fish Emulsion with Kelp!

Why be a "Green" business? Because it:

Makes Good Business Sense!
A Green Business...

  • Improves employee morale & the health of the workplace
  • Holds a marketing edge over the competition
  • Strengthens its bottom line through operating efficiencies
  • Is recognized as an environmental leader

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Green Business today!

"Green landscape design is a sub-discipline of landscape design.  Like green building, it is setting a new, more
environmentally friendly standard for its parent field.  The field generally emphasizes the use of native plants to restore
or maintain natural habitats and the healthy functioning of ecosystems.  Because it is interested in maintaining or
enhancing the health of soils and plant and animal communities, it also avoids using harmful chemicals, such as
pesticides that will be detrimental to the flora and fauna locally, downwind, and downstream."
From "Rise of Green

Being a Green Business in the 21st century is taking the best of the old and mixing it with the best of the new into our
everyday business environments. For more information on being a Green Business, please visit the following websites:

Energy Efficiency for Small Business
Business and Sustainable Development: A Global Guide
Co-op America: Green Business
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