With 21 miles of coastline, the Malibu is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the region. Sadly, in the past 25 years there has been a noticeable increase in the amount of urban pollution that is entering the beaches.  Fortunately, there are some simple preventative measures that Malibu home owners can take to counteract any further damage to the beaches in the area.

Malibu real estate owners can play an integral role in the reduction of the amount of urban runoff pollution that is entering Malibu beaches by incorporating Ocean Friendly Gardens into their landscaping plan. Ocean Friendly Gardens prevent urban pollutants from destroying the ocean through Conservation, Permeability, and Retention (CPR): Conservation of water, energy and habitat; Permeability of soils and surfaces; and Retention of rain water, preventing wet water runoff. Some of the ways that Ocean Friendly Gardens are successful in CPR include:

  • The use of native plants and grasses that are drought- and pest-resistant
  • The replacement of grass with hardier plants such as Santa Barbara Daisy or Thyme
  • Restricting watering to early morning to reduce evaporation
  • Installing “smart timers” on sprinkler systems
  • Encouraging the use of natural compost instead of fertilizer
  • Discouraging the use of toxic pesticides

The Malibu Bluffs Park will soon be home to an Ocean Friendly Garden, which will serve as an example to homeowners that are interested in integrating an Ocean Friendly Garden into their yards. The City of Malibu, the West Los Angeles/Malibu Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation and the West Basin Municipal Water District also offer several community classes on making your Ocean Friendly Garden a success.

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