Gardens and hard surfaces can prevent runoff and flooding, and still be beautiful, resourceful, and wildlife-friendly. How? Apply CPR to your property - Conservation, Permeability and Retention © - to revive our watersheds and oceans:Apply CPR - Conservation, Permeability and Retention - to our watersheds and oceans:
Conservation of water, energy and habitat through native and/or climate adapted plants, spaced for mature growth, maintained organically and using the most efficient irrigation system to supplement rainwater use (the same applies to vegetable and fruit gardens).
Permeability through mulch and biologically active soil as well as using permeable materials for - or making cuts in existing - driveways, walkways and patios that allow water to percolate into the soil.
Retention devices like swales/dry stream beds soak up rain water in the soil, preventing it from rushing off of the property and filtering pollutants. Water sponged up in soil provides natural flood control and supports soil microorganisms, which bring water to plants as they "request" it. Rain barrels, with overflows to landscapes, can provide water for vegetable plants during dry months.