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10 books about drought: A reading list for parched Southern Californians

10 books about drought: A reading list for parched Southern Californians

September 30, 2015 at 10:07 am Comments are Disabled

Summer may be almost over but the heat and the drought continue with no sign yet of the much anticipated El Niño. The headlines and sound bites offer only a drop in the bucket when it comes to understanding our serious drought, so here’s my list of required drought-related reading.Read More

Wet winter may not develop

Wet winter may not develop

September 4, 2015 at 3:58 pm Comments are Disabled

The editors at the Farmers’ Almanac have good and bad news for Californians. The good news? It’s going to be a mild winter. The bad? It’s going to be another dry one.

Cactus and succulents aren’t just trendy, they make sense in drought ridden Southern California

Cactus and succulents aren’t just trendy, they make sense in drought ridden Southern California

August 13, 2015 at 3:00 pm Comments are Disabled

“A hobby gone wild.” That’s how Kim Thorpe describes Desert Creations, the novelty gift shop and well-stocked nursery that she and four friends from the Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society opened in Northridge this past April. So far, she says, “business is going great.” Chalk it up to timing.Read More

This drought tolerant licorice plant has a unique look

This drought tolerant licorice plant has a unique look

July 24, 2015 at 9:11 am Comments are Disabled

Who says that nonstop flowering plants are every gardener’s dream? Sometimes foliage can just as easily make your day, your nighttime dreams and even your year, since a lot of memorable foliage happens to be evergreen so you are privileged to see it each time you step into your garden.Read More

Southern California water district ends turf-removal program due to unprecedented demand

Southern California water district ends turf-removal program due to unprecedented demand

July 15, 2015 at 4:00 am Comments are Disabled

Due to an overwhelming response, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California shut down its turf removal rebate program Thursday because it ran out of money, the district announced. The water agency burned through the last $150 million in the past seven weeks, after the board added $350 million toRead More

Save a lawn, help a planet

Save a lawn, help a planet

July 14, 2015 at 2:56 pm Comments are Disabled

If you’re feeling guilty about having a mostly green lawn, here’s some news that could ease the guilt and even make you feel a bit noble.

Drought gardening tips: Skip expensive additives

Drought gardening tips: Skip expensive additives

July 9, 2015 at 1:54 pm Comments are Disabled

As we try to cut down on water on the landscape, we may be tempted to buy chemicals, sprays and additives that purport to conserve water, but compost still is the best solution.

Historic drought regulations, $350 million in incentives boost lawn removals

Historic drought regulations, $350 million in incentives boost lawn removals

June 10, 2015 at 10:44 am Comments are Disabled

When Gov. Jerry Brown asked Californians to voluntarily conserve water by 20 percent, the response was an underwhelming savings of 9 percent. But since the summer of 2014 when the governor issued his call, the drought worsened. Snowpack in the Sierra Nevada reached near zero on April 1, Southern CaliforniaRead More

Drought gardening tips: Installing drip irrigation

Drought gardening tips: Installing drip irrigation

May 22, 2015 at 1:30 pm Comments are Disabled

Drip irrigation is the right choice for many gardens, and it can be as extensive and involved as you need, or a simple as attaching a timer and drip line to your backyard faucet.

Drought gardening tips: Live irrigation demo

Drought gardening tips: Live irrigation demo

May 20, 2015 at 1:53 pm Comments are Disabled

If you’re like me, the thought of installing a drip irrigation system in your garden is akin to that dream where you realize you haven’t gone to algebra class all year and you need to show up today and take the final exam.