Landscaping

Drought gardening tip: It’s all about the soil

Drought gardening tip: It’s all about the soil

May 1, 2015 at 2:29 pm Comments are Disabled

Getting rid of lawns and growing native, low water using plants are both great things, but you can do even more if you think less about the plant and more about the soil.

Drought gardening tips: Taking care of trees

Drought gardening tips: Taking care of trees

April 29, 2015 at 3:27 pm Comments are Disabled

We may be OK with letting the lawn turn brown, but what about the trees? Not caring for them can have huge impacts on the environment.

Drought gardening tips: Replacing lawns with herbs

Drought gardening tips: Replacing lawns with herbs

April 27, 2015 at 2:32 pm Comments are Disabled

So you’re tired of mowing and worried about using too much water during the drought restrictions. The idea of ripping out that lawn is getting more and more appealing, but what to replace it with? How about oregano?

Drought gardening tip: 6 ways to reduce water in the garden

Drought gardening tip: 6 ways to reduce water in the garden

April 20, 2015 at 1:46 pm Comments are Disabled

The first place to reduce your water use is in your own backyard. For most people, we’re spending more than half of our water allotment in our yards and gardens.

Drought gardening tips: Consider a cactus or two

Drought gardening tips: Consider a cactus or two

April 17, 2015 at 10:00 am Comments are Disabled

If you’ve ever harbored desires to have an English country garden, now is a good time to let go of those dreams forever, at least if you remain in California. Plants and gardens that require ample amounts of water to grow is just not an option these dry, dreary days.

Drought gardening tips: Lawn alternatives

Drought gardening tips: Lawn alternatives

April 16, 2015 at 12:59 pm Comments are Disabled

With water restrictions looming, a lot of people are looking at places to cut back. The best place to do that is by eliminating your front lawn, which is unfortunate if you are one of those people who really enjoy seeing that expanse of green out your front door.

UC Berkeley students create low-water templates for San Lorenzo yards

UC Berkeley students create low-water templates for San Lorenzo yards

April 15, 2015 at 4:40 pm Comments are Disabled

SAN LORENZO — Catherine Kavasch knew she wanted to get rid of her lawn, she just wasn’t sure what to grow in her yard instead. But now she has four templates to guide her in what and where to plant, created by UC Berkeley landscape architecture students specifically for SanRead More

Los Angeles homeowners may be able to install small gray water recycling systems without permit fee

April 15, 2015 at 4:36 pm Comments are Disabled

LOS ANGELES — Residents who want to re-use their shower, bath and laundry water in their gardens or lawns would no longer need to pay permit fees to install select gray water recycling systems under a plan proposed April 15 by two Los Angeles City Council members. The city typicallyRead More

Tomato seedlings, ready for planting. (Joan Morris/Mercury News)

Gardening tips: Dry farming tomatoes

April 11, 2015 at 11:38 am Comments are Disabled

Gardeners are loathe to give up on their vegetable gardens, especially when it comes to growing those lovely, flavorful tomatoes. There is a way, however, to grow tomatoes without using a lot of water – a priority given the California drought and water restrictions.

This Southern California college is trying to learn to farm with less water

April 8, 2015 at 9:31 am Comments are Disabled

A day after Gov. Jerry Brown ordered drought-stricken cities to restrict water use for the first time in state history, Pierce College announced a plan to reflower its historic farm. But if new rows of avocado, citrus and grapes should ever reach fruition next to fresh fields of hay andRead More