Landscaping Project 2015

Central Coast Chapter of the California Landscape Contractors Association has adopted Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter as their community outreach project for 2015

The Central Coast Chapter of the California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA) has adopted the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter (SCCAS) as their community outreach project for 2015. On February 26th, the entire CLCA team met at the animal shelter for a project walk-thru discussing the allocation of planting zones as well as discussing overall goals. 

The thriving, local, animal shelter facility located off of 7th and Rodriguez in the Live Oak area of Santa Cruz County will get a facelift in the coming year with weed free landscapes and new mulch. The landscaping overhaul will also include: an upgraded irrigation system, removal of plants that are no longer appropriate; a shift towards xeriscape, with increased use of low-maintenance succulents and native plants; landscaping boulders for visual interest; and shade trees wherever possible around the parking areas.

Once the grounds reach a maintainable stage, the project will be rated towards the new Monterey Bay Friendly Landscape program which certifies installations based on a certain set of criteria.  The new concept was spearheaded by Ecology Action in Santa Cruz and modeled after the Bay Friendly program in the San Francisco bay area. 

Program coordination is provided by the courtesy services of Designer and Horticulturist Barbara A. Olsen, Barbara Olsen Garden Design, and Chris Elliot, Aqua Green Landscape, who have provided consultation on the existing plantings, advice about what needs to be removed and what needs care, and on selection of new plants.

The CLCA chapter which has over 100 members in its community is in place to hold educational workshops, recognize outstanding landscapes at their Beautification Awards Banquet and also provide a networking opportunity for its members.

April 11, 2015 will be a work-day for the entire team to spend a morning enhancing the landscape around the shelter. 

For more information, please contact Barbara Olsen 831-477-1896 or Chris Elliot 831-251-7362.

Landscape Contractors who are participating in this project:

Suppliers:

Non-Profit & Government Agency:
Ecology Action, Santa Cruz
County of Santa Cruz