Here on Re-nest we talk a lot about capturing water for and conserving water in our gardens. But we haven't talked too much about designing gardens that limit runoff. However, when it comes to the environment, that's just as important.
In the LA Times Home blog, Emily Green reviews Ocean Friendly Gardens by Douglas Kent, an Orange County landscape designer. She calls it "a manual on how to design and manage a garden that captures and keeps the water that it gets."
But what's so important about capturing and keeping water?
Well the more you capture and keep, the less you need to use. And, Kent stresses, if you capture it, you keep it from running off into the ocean, especially if you live near the coast. And that's incredibly important, because the water that runs-off from our gardens tends to pick up to carry things like pesticides, oil, and cleaning solutions along with them.
Read more about Kent's book at the LA Times Home blog.
(Image: Douglas Kent)