In this case, the numbers say it all.
- The native garden cost $16,700 to install compared $12,400 for the traditional garden. Despite its higher initial cost, the native garden’s lower maintenance requirements translate into $2,200 per year in cost savings.
- The native garden uses 77 percent less water, produces 66 percent less waste, and requires 68 percent less labor than the traditional garden.
|Traditional "Mow and Blow" Landscape|
Additionally, traditional gardens require frequent applications of fertilizer and pesticides that leech into the city's water supply during rainstorms, causing pollution and aquatic habitat disruption. When considered on a large scale, this is a huge problem as the average home gardener uses 10 times more toxic chemicals than a farmer.
Overall, the choice is a no-brainer. Native gardens are an all-around amazing solution to Southern California's water shortages, as well as a sustainable alternative to landscapes steeped in exotics and pesticides. In my opinion, education is the logical next step, so spread the word about what sustainable landscaping can do for you and your community! Check out the full report here and tell your friends!
Wishing you all the best,