Landscaping

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.

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: 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.

Drought gardening tips: Marvelous mallows

Drought gardening tips: Marvelous mallows

May 18, 2015 at 2:38 pm Comments are Disabled

When considering replacing water-hungry plants for those that use less water, you can’t go much wrong if you look at natives.

Drought gardening tips: Staying away from invasives

Drought gardening tips: Staying away from invasives

May 14, 2015 at 1:38 pm Comments are Disabled

One of the troubling side effects of the California drought is the increasing use of invasive plants by landscapers and home owner desperate to plant low-water users.

Drought gardening tips: Irrigation

Drought gardening tips: Irrigation

May 11, 2015 at 2:46 pm Comments are Disabled

Now that the weather is warming up, it’s time to look at your irrigation and figure out how to keep plants alive without using lots of water. Here are five things to try.

Drought gardening tips: Words to the (water) wise

Drought gardening tips: Words to the (water) wise

May 4, 2015 at 1:57 pm Comments are Disabled

The warm temperatures are telling us it’s time to plant our summer gardens, but some of us are hesitating because of the drought, water restrictions and possible fines. So here are five tips on how to have a fruitful garden without a lot of water.