Soil and Sod, Pacoima, 818-686-6445
Foothill Soils, Sylmar, 661-254-0867
Easiest gutter diverter for homeowner rainwater catchment applications
Choose tanks that ship from CA. Also sells first flush systems. Etanks is another option.
Native plants that can be used as lawn:
Carex praegracilis: Meadow Sedge, more runner, turf-forming
Carex pansa: Dune Sedge, possibly sturdier/less water use (according to Greenlee Nursery)
I use both interchangeably, retail source is Tree Of Life Nursery, plug 6-12” centers. Also available from Greenlee Nursery.
Festuca rubra: Red Fescue, the lumpy lawn, requires more water than above, but easily available.
Bouteloua gracilis: Blue gramma grass is also very lumpy, looks like a bluer Bermuda, great for desert/hi-elev. applications.
Books and other resources:
Eric D. Stein, Shawna Dark et al, Historical Wetlands of the San Gabriel River
You can buy books, plumbing supplies, etc. from this website. Reading the articles on the website is an education in water storage and reuse. The only source of salt-free dish and laundry that I am aware of.
Ludwig, The New Create an Oasis with Grey Water, Oasis Design
Ludwig, Builder's Grey Water Guide, Oasis Design
Ludwig, Water Storage, Oasis Design
Another excellent resource for water use.
Lancaster, Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands Vol 1 & 2, Rainsource Press
Vol. 1 is overview, Vol. 2 is earthworks
Mollison, Mia Slay, Permaculture: A Designers' Manual, Tagari Publications
Hemenway, Gaia’s Garden, Chelsea Green
Prepared by Orchid Black for David King’s UCLA Extension class in Sustainable Gardening