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For the past 11 years, Council for Watershed Health has published the Landscaping Lightly Calendar to provide practical tips and vibrant (vibrante!) illustrations to inspire individual actions toward achieving resilient landscapes, a particularly timely focus this year. Recent drought and wildfire events in California coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic have underscored the many challenges facing our environment and most vulnerable communities.

 

Over the last year, we have all faced the realities of spending more time in our local neighborhoods and in the open spaces available to us as we adhered to public health guidelines. For some, this has prompted a second look at the areas in which we live, and for many has reinforced the need to increase open space and rethink and redesign our region’s landscapes. Using the sustainable and ecological approaches shared in this calendar, the neighborhoods where we live and play can provide benefits to all and for generations to come.

 

This year, we are pleased to offer our Landscaping Lightly in print form so that these tips and artwork can be a daily reminder in your home and community spaces. We have also translated the 2022 edition into Spanish (haga clic aquí para leer estos consejos en español) for an even greater reach in our communities. As in-person events start to safely take place, look for us at community events to pick up a calendar.

 

With generous support from our partners listed below, we hope you enjoy using the information and resources provided in this year’s Landscaping Lightly. From all of us at the Council for Watershed Health, we wish you a happy and healthy new year!

 

Sincerely,

Eileen Alduenda

Executive Director

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Welcome to Landscaping Lightly!

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These tips are sponsored by:

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Use rain barrels attached to your rain gutters to collect rain for later use. Be sure to use the collected water regularly; average-sized rain barrels can fill quickly even in small storms.

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A 1000 square foot rooftop in Los Angeles produces on average more than 9000 gallons of water annually. For larger landscapes, consider using cisterns to store rainwater to use year-round!

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Collect rain water from your roof by using rain gutters and directing your downspouts into designated areas of your garden.

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BONUS TIP: Use rain barrels attached to your rain gutters to collect rain for later use. Be sure to use the collected water regularly; average-sized rain barrels can fill quickly even in small storms.

JANUARY

 
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Swales are u-shaped basins in your landscape that capture rain, preventing it from flowing down streets and picking up pollution. Visit the Council for Watershed Health’s demonstration green street and alley at Elmer Avenue for ideas! 

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The first step is to find out if your soils allow water to quickly soak in. Perform a soil infiltration test by following the instructions in this Rainwater Harvesting Homeowner’s “How To” Guide.

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The Safe Clean Water Program provides cost

saving incentives for removing paved surfaces and replacing them with sustainable landscapes. Visit WaterforLA.com for further information on where our water comes from, its connection to rivers and lakes upstream and how our actions can benefit our region.

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BONUS TIP: Slow it down, spread it out, and sink it in! Keep stormwater from polluting streams and the ocean by creating areas where rainwater can soak into your landscape.

FEBRUARY

 
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Grow California native plants that attract pollinators with their nectar. You can find a great list of pollinator-friendly native nectar plants online at Xerces.org. 

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Grow plants that Monarch butterflies use to lay their eggs and caterpillars will eat - like native milkweed! To learn more about growing California native milkweeds, visit Xerces.org.

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Only use native milkweeds and avoid non-native and tropical milkweed plants as they can harm Monarch butterflies and their larvae. You can find milkweed and other host and nectar providing plants for Monarch and other butterflies that are local to your area by using the advanced search on www.calscape.org and in this terrific article from our friends at the Theodore Payne Foundation:

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BONUS TIP: Monarch butterflies are in jeopardy. After three years at their lowest levels ever recorded in Western North America, the most recent count is showing improvement. Plant native plants to continue supporting their population and recovery. 

MARCH

 
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Aedes mosquitoes were introduced just a few years ago and they are now thriving in our neighborhoods. Standing water in backyards, old tires, gutters, rain barrels, toys buckets, ponds, improperly maintained pools, and storm drains can act as breeding areas. They will breed in something as small as a bottle cap.

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In ponds, fountains, bird baths or pools where water is not moving or filtered, use mosquito dunks that contain the biological mosquito control agent called Bti. Bti is natural and kills mosquito larvae but is harmless to wildlife and pets.

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Studies have shown that mosquitoes are part of the diet of some birds, bats, frogs, lizards, and dragonflies. Planting native plants will create habitat for these mosquito-eaters.

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BONUS TIP: Aedes mosquitos are new mosquitoes in Southern California that bite during the day and have the potential to transmit diseases like Zika, dengue, yellow fever, and cikungunya. It is now more important than ever to inspect your yard weekly and any standing water you may find.

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Council for Watershed Health

177 E. Colorado Blvd, Suite 200, Pasadena, CA 91105

(213) 229-9945

info@watershedhealth.org

Council for Watershed Health (CWH) is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization. Contributions to CWH are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.