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Blue Fescue
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Lavender Cotton
Chinese Pistache
Blue Fescue

Common name:Blue Fescue
Botanical name:Festuca glauca

This ground cover/grass will grow less than 1' tall and has small, blue green leaves.

Little Bunny Fountain Grass

Common name:Little Bunny Fountain Grass
Botanical name:Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Little Bunny'

This perennial grass will grow 1.5' tall and 1.5' wide. It has bright green foliage with pinkish flowers that bloom in summer and fall.

Black Sage

Common name:Black Sage
Botanical name:Salvia mellifera

This woody shrub has fragrant, dark green leaves with blue, white, or lilac flowers that bloom in the spring and summer.

Louis Edmunds Manzanita

Common name:Louis Edmunds Manzanita
Botanical name:Arctostaphylos bakeri 'Louis Edmunds'

This is an upright shrub that grows 6'-8' tall. It is tall with green foliage and pink flowers during the winter and spring.

Pheasant's Tail Grass

Common name:Pheasant's Tail Grass
Botanical name:Stipa arundinacea

Pheasant's Tail Grass is a beautiful, fine, airy grass that is emerald green in color. It has many soft yellow, beige flower stalks in the spring. This grass grows 10"-12" tall , 1'-2' wide and is drought tolerant.

Lavender Cotton

Common name:Lavender Cotton
Botanical name:Santolina chamaecyparissus

This ground cover/small shrub will grow to 3' tall and has small, grayish silver leaves with yellow flowers that bloom in the summer.

Chinese Pistache

Common name:Chinese Pistache
Botanical name:Pistacia chinensis

The Pistacia chinensis is a deciduous tree with broad, spreading growth to 50' in height. Its leaves have 10-16 leaflets, and the fall coloring arrives in beautiful shades of red, orange and yellow. The young trees are often gawky, but some become shapely with age.

Solving Runoff Problems

Importance of Water Shed

A watershed is a land area that drains rain and other water into a creek, river, lake, wetland, bay or groundwater aquifer. Water from your neighborhood also enters the watershed through the storm drain system and flows directly to local creeks and the Bay without any treatment. It often is contaminated by pollutants that can be toxic to fish, wildlife, and people.

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Soils and Compost:

Practice grass-cycling by leaving short grass clippings on lawns after mowing, so that nutrients and organic matter are returned to the soil.

Integrated Pest Management:

Develop healthy soil for plants that are vigorous and naturally pest-resistant.