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
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:
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:
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:
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)
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 plants. 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!
"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 Business"
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: