Planting drought tolerant plants to save on water, waste, maintenance

Show Me the Data

 

The City of Santa Monica conducted a side by side case study from 2004-2013 of traditional landscaping vs. sustainable landscaping methods. They collected data on maintenance, water use and waste produced. The data was astounding, just for one small residential front yard! So much extra work and resources go in to the long term management of a site planted using traditional methods. It invites problematic and costly maintenance practices for years to come. Imagine the long term impact made on a large site or development. A great read!
https://www.smgov.net/Departments/OSE/Categories/Landscape/Garden-Garden.aspx


Sustainable landscape used

83%

less water than traditional landscape


Sustainable landscape generated

56%

less waste than traditional landscape


Sustainable landscape required

68%

less maintenance than traditional landscape