Under a contract with the Business Park Association, Emerald Landscaping Company and its sub-contractors provide landscaping services to the landscape setback areas along the principal roads within the Business Park, the entry road Harbor Bay Parkway, the Shoreline Park, and the San Francisco Bay Ferry Terminal. The funding is provided by the City of Alameda’s Landscape and Lighting Maintenance District out of proceeds from assessments collected by Alameda County as part of the property taxes. Services include mowing of grass areas, maintenance and replacement of plants, shrubs and trees, irrigation, and maintenance of certain paved areas, bus shelters, and street lighting fixtures. The goals of the landscaping program are to achieve and maintain an attractive consistent landscaping framework for the Business Park as a whole.
Harbor Bay Parkway Medians Project – 75% Water Savings from Turf Removal!
The median islands along Harbor Bay Parkway, beginning at Ron Cowan Parkway and ending at Bay Edge Road, were transformed from long stretches of grass to an appealing, water-saving display of plants and various mow-free grasses. The new landscaping will have a ‘windswept’ look to accentuate the shoreline setting while significantly reducing water use. The new landscaping is Bay-Friendly rated, with a score of 79, and saves 2.9 million gallons of water annually! These medians are maintained by Cagwin & Dorward.
Instead of traditional methods of excavation and removing plant material from the site to the landfill, the medians were sheet mulched to prepare the soil for replanting. Sheet mulching, a Bay-Friendly landscaping technique, involves placing cardboard, water, compost, and organic mulch on top of the existing turf. The process improves the health of the soil, and greatly reduces the carbon footprint of the project because existing plant material biodegrades on site.