Aug 27, 2019
by Deborah Taylor-French
The City of Cotati has handed a challenge to all cities in Sonoma County. Go 100% renewable for your electricity. Mayor John Dell’Osso said, “After many years of focusing on energy conservation measures, the Cotati City Council recognized that switching our city electricity accounts to Evergreen will reduce our greenhouse emissions by another 60%. This is the most significant step we could take at this time to lead the way to cleaner air and a safer environment for our community.”
Our City Council banned the use of Glyphosate (Round-up) for all municipal operations and plantings done by either City staff or contractor. At the August 13th council meeting about thirty-five people came and spoke in favor of a ban. Dozens more sent emails to our mayor and city council members. I had planned to attend that meeting but a migraine on Sunday required several days to recover.
The City of Cotati plans to develop an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plan to look at other synthetics being used for weeds and insects. What a fine change for Cotatians.
In July, I met Cotati Mayor John A. Dell’Osso. He arrived early at Your Sweet Expectations and treated me to coffee and a yummy cookie. I enjoyed our lovely chat. Before we finished, Dell’Osso handed me a prepared sheet of handy tips and notes for my column. I feel grateful I receive direct emails from him to keep me up to the minute on our city actions, challenges, and changes.
Water conservation continues as an ongoing concern. So, if you have not sheet mulched your lawn, now is an excellent time. Cotati City continues to offer homeowners Cash for Grass. City will rebate you up to $1.00 for every square foot of lawn area removed. Lawns must be watered with City water and well-maintained before removal. City staff will arrange a brief inspection at your site and make you an offer. Please call (707) 665-3638. You can DIY and swap your water hog lawn for low water or xeriscaping.
Simply using an efficient drip system will help you save money on outdoor watering. Use a layer of organic mulch around plants to save hundreds of gallons of water per year. Weed your garden regularly because weeds drink what your plants need.
Benefits of planting low water California Native plants include attracting butterflies and bees. Pollinator insects need all the help they can get. Butterflies need milkweed to lay their eggs. Monarchs need nectar rich plants like butterfly-bush (Buddleia davidii). We grow several in our garden, vigorous yet never invasive. Butterfly-bush’s flowering spikes tend to bloom in shades of lavender and purple but some varieties sport white blossoms. www.sonoma.watersavingplants.com
Cotati has two low water demonstration gardens you can view, the Pocket Park at La Salle & Loretto Ave., and the lovely low water garden across from La Plaza Park on Old Redwood Hwy. which hosts the bus stop on the westside.
Family friendly and free. In La Plaza Park, Old Redwood Hwy. & West Sierra Ave.
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