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Landscape Design & Construction

StopWaste works with landscape professionals, property owners and public agency staff in Alameda County to promote Bay-Friendly landscape practices that improve soil health, reduce waste, save water, and help keep our watersheds and our communities healthy.

Landscapes designed, built and maintained in accordance with Bay-Friendly principles and practices can achieve: 

  • 50% water savings
  • 30–70% maintenance labor savings
  • 70–80% reduced runoff
  • 53 tons/acre greenhouse gas reduction, equal to taking about 10 passenger cars off the road

Explore this Landscape Design & Construction section to learn about creating high performance landscapes for public, commercial and multifamily properties.


New Lawn to Garden website

Have you thought about getting rid of your lawn but don't know where to start? Find how-to info, design resources, an online Marketplace for sheet mulch materials, and more at Lawn to Garden, a comprehensive guide to using sheet mulch to convert lawns to water-saving gardens.


Drought Solutions Spotlight

Alameda HOA Responds to Drought with Lawn-Free Landscape

The Casitas Alameda Homeowners Association, a community of more than 400 homes, used sheet mulch to replace a large swath of lawn with colorful, climate-appropriate plants. The new landscape is expected to use two-thirds less water than the lawn.

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