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EcoFriendly Landscaping at SMaRT Station


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City of Sunnyvale's SMaRT Station project using native plants to creat ecofriendly landscaping at the recycling center for both beautification and sustainability.

City of Sunnyvale's SMaRT Station project using native plants to creat ecofriendly landscaping at the recycling center for both beautification and sustainability.

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  • Thanks City of Sunnyvale SMaRT Station for this Great presentation on sheet mulching, drip irrigation and native plants. Anyone planning a garden or looking for an education on drought tolerant native plants would benefit from watching this slideshow. Charles Street Gardens has several of the plants in our Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden.
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  • This presentation is the result of six years of monthly meetings by a group known as the Sustainable Landscape Roundtable and especially the efforts of Stephanie Morris who created this presentation with me for the Gardening with Natives subgroup of the California Native Plant Society, Loma Prieta Chapter
  • Planting appropriate native plants reduces water use, reduces or eliminates fertilizers, creates habitat
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    • 1. SMaRT Station Native Plant Project Description and Plant List
    • 2. SMaRT Station
      • Original landscape designed in 1992
      • Goals for new design (completed in May 2010):
        • Minimize water and green waste by installing native plants, drip irrigation and using recycled water
        • Minimize pesticide use by sheet mulching and manually pulling weeds
        • Utilize on site resources such as mulch and compost
        • Create demonstration garden to encourage homeowners to plant natives
        • Install compost bin for onsite staff food recycling
    • 3. Weed prevention using sheet mulching
      • A non-toxic technique that creates a permeable and bio-degradable barrier preventing weeds
      • It reduces/ eliminates the use of herbicides
      • It eliminates the use of plastic landscape fabric which does not decompose
      • See for more information on Bay Friendly and sheet mulching
    • 4. Sheet mulching detail
    • 5. Sheet Mulching Laying down recycled-content paper, overlapping at the edges Three inches of woody mulch as the final layer
    • 6. Use of materials processed on site
      • Woody material is chipped on site and the mulch used for final finish on plants
      • Compost made from collected green waste was used to amend the soil
    • 7. Recycled Water Used
      • Water is collected at the Sunnyvale Water Pollution Control Plant and partially treated for use in landscapes
      • Water is not drinkable (potable), but fine for plants
      • Use in landscapes reduces the use of potable water AND keeps water from desalinating San Francisco Bay
    • 8. Drip Irrigation
      • Replaced spray irrigation around the building
      • Much more efficient than spray
      • Native “lawn” irrigated with subsurface irrigation, the most efficient irrigation method
      Subsurface drip shown wetting soil prior to topping with soil and planting native sedge “lawn”
    • 9. Lots of lawn removed!
      • Over 2500 square feet of lawn was removed from around the building
      • A small lawn was left for employee recreation
      • Lawn replaced with native sedges, low growing shrubs, and mulch
      • Saves water and energy
      • Reduces green waste and pollution from mowing
    • 10. Invasive plants removed Pampas grass, ivy, palms, and fennel are highly invasive plants in the Bay Area and were removed from the site. Pampas grass had to be bagged and disposed so seeds wouldn’t escape.
    • 11. Compost bin installed A compost bin was installed for staff to compost leftover food from lunches, tea bags, and coffee filters
    • 12. Why California Native Plants?
      • Reduce water use
      • Minimize maintenance
      • Minimize pesticides and fertilizers
      • Provide a local aesthetic
      • Increase floral biodiversity
      • Attract native wildlife
    • 13. Native plants purchased from local nurseries
    • 14. Catalina cherry Prunus ilicifolia lyonii
    • 15. Vine hill manzanita Arctostaphylos densiflora ‘Howard McMinn’
    • 16. Dwarf coyote bush Baccharis pilularis ‘Twin Peaks’
    • 17. Oregon grape Berberis aquifolium
    • 18. California bush anemone Carpenteria californica
    • 19. Pt. Reyes ceanothus Ceanothus gloriosus ‘Anchor Bay’
    • 20. Island bush snapdragon Galvezia speciosa ‘Firecracker’
    • 21. Giant buckwheat Eriogonum giganteum
    • 22. Jones bush mallow Malacothamnus ‘Jonesii’
    • 23. Coffeeberry Rhamnus californica ‘Eve Case’ Rhamnus californica ‘Leatherleaf’
    • 24. Pink flowering currant Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosum
    • 25. Snowberry bush Symphoricarpus albus var. laevigata
    • 26. California fuchsia Epilobium species E. canum ‘UC Hybrid’ and ‘White Form’
    • 27. California buckwheat Eriogonum fasciculatum
    • 28. Rosy buckwheat Eriogonum grande var. rubescens
    • 29. Golden aster Heterotheca sessifolia ‘San Bruno Mtn.’
    • 30. California fescue Festuca californica
    • 31. Douglas iris Iris douglasiana
    • 32. Giant wild rye Leymus condensatus ‘Canyon Prince’ Photo by Deva Luna at Sierra Azul nursery
    • 33. Coyote mint Monardella villosa
    • 34. Beach evening primrose Camissonia cheiranthifolia
    • 35. Deer grass Muhlenbergia rigens
    • 36. Sticky monkeyflower Mimulus aurantiacus
    • 37. Beard tongue Penstemon heterophyllus ‘Margarita BOP’
    • 38. Western sword fern Polystichum munitum
    • 39. Cleveland’s sage Salvia clevelandii Salvia ‘Allen Chickering’
    • 40. California meadow sedge Carex pansa This native lawn replacement can be walked on, but requires less water and mowing that grass lawns.
    • 41. Sage Salvia ‘Bee’s Bliss’ Salvia ‘Gracias’ Salvia sonomensis
    • 42. Please consider some of these ideas the next time you buy plants or make changes to your landscape!
    • 43. Design by Sherri D. Osaka, Landscape Architect Sustainable Landscape Designs, 408-264-7427 Installation and maintenance by Flora Terra Landscape Management, 408-275-1200 Landscape oversight by City of Sunnyvale Contact Karen Gissibl at 408.730.7277 for more information.   Printed on recycled paper