Green grassy lawns have undeservedly become a norm in our society. Grass lawns are the most grown crop in the U.S. despite the fact that no one can eat it; they are expensive to maintain; they utilize pesticides, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers; and require an obscene amount of water (equivalent of 200 gallons of drinking water per person per day). The better alternative our communities should work towards would include using native or drought-tolerant plants, and well designed irrigation systems. Given that San Francisco is an urban city surrounded by the ocean, while also frequently experiencing drought conditions, it is an ideal candidate for Ocean Friendly Gardens.
Ocean Friendly Gardens are designed to mimic nature and restore resilient coasts and the natural water cycle by creating native habitat, conserving water, and reducing runoff that causes pollution at the beach and in our local waterways.
Every yard is a mini-watershed with opportunities to filter pollution and create wildlife habitat by using nature-based solutions to reduce polluted runoff and support resilient coasts.
of water and wildlife habitat with native plants
by creating healthy, living soil and spaces in hard surfaces to sponge up water and filter out pollution
of rainwater in the landscape and to recharge groundwater