As populations move into undeveloped areas, we need to be cognoscente of Mother Nature. We must remember that nature will eventually win out if we move in the opposite direction. Why not accept nature and utilize its best qualities to make our lives more fulfilled? A regenerative landscape, or one that gives back, seems to be the key.
Because each native plant has different needs and habits, it fills a particular ecological niche. The right combination of plants keep diseases from spreading while shutting out invasive weeds, so pesticides are rarely necessary. Native plants also have roots that go down up to 30 feet, finding water when there is none to be had above ground. This is the single most important aspect to remember when designing landscapes in areas disturbed by development.
There is more to water management than smart controllers and the reduction of lawns in front yards. 70% or more of water use is directed at ornamental landscapes. And the majority of that landscape is bordering natural open space.
Why not make those landscapes Regenerative? Why not let those landscapes give back and flow seamlessly to those neighboring native areas?
ValleyCrest is doing just that in Moorpark, California where we have taken 250,000 sq ft of landscape that was originally designed with exotic water loving plants, and changed it back to an enhanced regenerative landscape. By doing this, the HOA will enjoy habitat around their community that will give back both financially with water and maintenance savings and environmentally with trails that run through native habitat for the enjoyment of those who live there.
On a personal note, I know regenerative landscapes give back because of the differences I see in my own landscape at home. I have a no turf drought tolerant landscape and my water and maintenance costs have been reduced by more than half. More importantly, the wildlife has come back into the landscape and made it their home. When this happens, you realize that life can be more than it was in the past, and you can appreciate Mother Nature in your own habitat.