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Little Pond

(La Mesa)

This home's front and back yard landscaping includes approximately 90% native plantings, watered by rainwater collected in four cement containers totaling 1,000 gallons and three plastic totes totaling another 1,000 gallons. In an effort to create a native plant garden that mimics local natural spaces and encourage pollinators and other wildlife, these homeowners converted a pool to a pond, which now attracts many birds, bats, dragonflies and other animals. It provides a water source for drinking, bathing and breeding and is a safe haven for many species. They irrigate plants with recycled shower water and therefore use little to no municipal water for irrigation. They also have a solar array, and run close to net zero energy every month. (Tour includes exterior spaces only.)

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