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Excellent resource for landscaping ideas “Don’t Plant a Pest!”
EMBUD worked closely with local gardeners, landscape designers, horticulturists, and nursery owners to reflect their hands-on experience with growing these plants in the nine counties of the greater Bay Area. This is an excellent resource book for all gardens in the East Bay Hills.
EBMUD Plants and Landscaping Book
Visit this link for a good preview of the book.
Plants & Landscapes for Summer - Dry Climates of the San Francisco Bay Region
Resources for Plants and Creeks:
Plant List For Creeks
Native Plant Species from Creeks Website
Recommendations for Ecologically Sensitive Fire Abatement
Plants for Stabilization
Don't Plant a Pest Brochure
Protecting Endangered Species:
Pallid Manzanita Descripiton from CA Deptof Fish and Game
Plant Species Information Sheet Presidio Clarkia
Proper drainage is critical for preventing erosion. The primary goal is to direct rain water to natural drainages and/or storm drains and pipes. Allowing water to run freely and unchecked is a recipe for major erosion.
A vegetated slope is less likely to be subject to erosion. Vegetation helps to protect the soil from the direct impact of falling rain drops. A sloped area may have shallow soils, so one must be careful in selecting the correct vegetation and planting at the appropriate time of year.
Low-growing ground cover is good for placing on slopes. Oak trees (with their deep roots and large canopy) can also protect sloped areas.
Oakland Public Works has a hotline number to assist with storm drains and runoff from winter storm conditions. Please call (510) 444-CITY (2489) or online at “Report a Problem” . You can also call to report a problem with Storm Drain Maintenance (of the Public Works Agency) at (510) 482-7853.
City of Oakland Public Works Maintain-A-Drain program has useful information for any resident who wants to help prevent flooding, due to heavy winter rains.