If you have a lawn, go golden in summer to reduce lawn clipping waste. Coastal lawns go into dormancy in dry weather but will come back green and lush come fall rains.
Trade your lawn for a xeriscaped paradise. Xeriscaping uses drought-resistant, low care plants such as succulents and native grasses to transform your lawn into a low care, low water use garden.
Plant native evergreens such as Douglas fir or shore pine in your yard. These trees are low care, provide habitat for wildlife and year round shade.
Avoid pesticide use and keep your yard healthier. You’ll have to deal with less disease and dieback, and thus less yard and garden waste.