The lookout point at the Carpinteria Salt Marsh provides a view of this important estuarial habitat. Enviroscaping worked with landscape designer Susan Van Atta to create the crushed-lyme curlicue pathway shown here. From a central gathering area for groups, the pathway continues for approximately a half-mile along the marsh. The pathway, the rocks and the native plants were all installed by Enviroscaping.
The Carpinteria Salt Marsh is a 35-acre estuarine ecosystem. The Land Trust of Santa Barbara created new channels in the marsh, like the one shown here, to provide safe habitat for frogs, small fish and other water creatures, which were often swept to the ocean during heavy rains. Enviroscaping was contracted to install native riparian plantings along the banks to provide erosion control and food and shelter for wildlife.
Arroyo Burro Creek had been taken over by non-native plants that provided neither food nor shelter for wildlife. Working for the City of Santa Barbara, Enviroscaping installed some 3,000 native plants to renew the habitat, purify the water and provide improved erosion control. Enviroscaping also installed the water-efficient irrigation system for the new plants.
At the end of Turnpike Road, Enviroscaping installed this bioswale for its client, Santa Barbara City Parks. The California native plants in the bioswale serve as filters that remove pollutants from run-off water before it enters Atascadero Creek.
In order to begin construction, residential developers in Santa Barbara County are required to set aside a certain amount of open space for native plants. Here, at Summerland Heights, Mexican sage and other ornamentals on the boundary of a homeowner’s property abut a field of native grasses and poppies planted by Enviroscaping.
n maintaining this creek bed beside the Pebble Hill condominium development in Santa Barbara, Enviroscaping monitors the area for erosion problems and removes invasive non-native plants. Enviroscaping crews also modified the irrigation system for efficiency and effectiveness, and maintain it as part of their ongoing service at Pebble Hill.