Materials That Matter: Landscaping

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Ever heard of MWELO?

On December 1, 2015, the state of California adopted the Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO) as the standard for all landscape installations to help conserve and reduce water use in both Residential and Commercial landscapes. Here are a few of the important aspects of the MWELO standard:

– All new construction requires a landscape permit based on MWELO compliance.

– All landscape planting material must be of low to moderate water use, based on Water Use Classification of Landscape Species (WUCOLS).

– Turf area is not to exceed 25% of total landscape area and be a turf type of moderate water use.

– Landscape irrigation equipment must be compliant with MWELO standards outlined in California Title 23, Section 490. http://www.water.ca.gov/wateruseefficiency/landscapeordinance/

– All planting areas receive a 3-inch layer of mulch to increase moisture retention.

Is this something you should be concerned about? Not if you’re buying a new Castle & Cooke home.

The landscaping around your new Castle & Cooke home is already MWELO compliant. A licensed California Landscape Architect was employed to design your landscaping – as well as all the common area landscaping throughout your community – to meet the MWELO requirements, thereby enhancing and maintaining the value of your investment.

The drought here in California may be over, but having drought-tolerant landscaping still has benefits:

– Financial savings through efficient water usage.

– Minimized landscape maintenance through smart plant selection and design.

– Water conservation and healthier landscapes through efficient irrigation systems.

All the materials that go into the construction of a new Castle & Cooke home matter. Visit a Castle & Cooke community and learn more about how quality materials result in quality homes.