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DIY Green Infrastructure Ideas For Your Home
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There are many interesting sustainable trends happening in the horticulture world at the moment and we at LA Stormwater are particularly excited to see an increasing number of DIY Angeleno gardeners adding green infrastructure elements to their own beautiful gardens! 


But first, what exactly is green infrastructure and why is it so beneficial? Green infrastructure is the name for landscaping elements, which are designed to mimic natural landscapes and harvest rainwater through small-scale best management practices. These landscaping design choices are vitally important as they help capture and reduce excess stormwater runoff. They also help to filter out pollutants that would otherwise enter and impact our precious surface water resources.

Here are three of our favourite green infrastructure ideas, that any DIY-loving gardener can easily implement:

  1. Rain Gardens: A rain garden is a great choice to capture runoff on your property while also beautifying your yard. It is a depressional area in a landscape typically filled with deep rooted native plants. Rain gardens help improve water quality by collecting and then slowly filtering rainwater into the ground. Learn more about how to build your own beautiful rain garden here.
  2. Bioswales: Bioswales are a series of vegetated, mulched, or xeriscaped drainage channels that have gently sloped sides which are meant to carry and collect stormwater runoff. They improve water quality by filtering the runoff into the ground and removing debris and pollution. As linear features, they are particularly well suited to being placed along streets and parking lots.Once created, bioswales save both time and money in managing your yard. Bioswales provide a good source of storage water, thereby reducing the need for additional water in the garden (and your water bill!)Bioswale
  3. Permeable Paving: Permeable paving is a sustainable option for homeowners looking to prevent driveway erosion caused by rainwater pooling. It is a specific type of pavement, with high porosity, that allows rainwater to pass through it into the ground below. Permeable pavement is typically composed of concrete, asphalt, limestone, gravel, or open pore pavers and can be placed by homeowners in their sidewalks and driveways. Looking for more permeable pavement options? Here is a great list!

These are just a few easy and reliable ways to begin your journey to transforming your home through green infrastructure. You can find a more comprehensive list on green infrastructure options here. By harvesting rainwater, you as a homeowner won’t just be helping to protect our local waterways, but you will also be joining the ever growing movement of gardeners in Los Angeles creating sustainable and eco-friendly gardens.


Do you have any photos of your beautiful DIY green infrastructure projects that you would like to share? We would love to see them at lastormwater@lacity.org.


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