AFTER: It Works! The berms (high spots) and swales (low spots ) direct rainwater from the roof, gutters and downspouts into basins that slow, sink and spread rainwater into the landscape. The rainwater doesn’t runoff but is collected and stored in mulched basins. This landscape is “Ocean Friendly” and “River Friendly” and even “Watershed Friendly”— it captures and stores rainwater and reduces runoff into our rivers, creeks and the ocean.
BEFORE: The grass has gotta go! In Ojai, one square foot of turf requires about 51 inches of water a year (more in the summer, less in the winter). It also needs mowing, edging, blowing, irrigation maintenance, fertilizer etc. It is also flat and water runs off. It also attract gophers.