Landscaping

Smart water meters aimed at lawn-watering violators

Smart water meters aimed at lawn-watering violators

March 12, 2015 at 6:09 pm Comments are Disabled

The Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners voted Thursday to approve a “smart meter” program to help customers lower their water consumption — and target those who refuse to comply with conservation measures. Long Beach Water Department customers are currently allowed to irrigate lawns for 10 minutes two days aRead More

As drought dwindles water supply, Californians still like pools, lawns

As drought dwindles water supply, Californians still like pools, lawns

March 2, 2015 at 9:46 am 1 comment

Patrick Lim and his family are six months into their pursuit of the American Dream. So far it’s been a frustrating endeavor with sticker shock now an obstacle in addition to the market’s slim pickings. Those choices would be even slimmer if Lim were to rule out houses with whatRead More

Save water, money with ‘smart irrigation’ in the garden

Save water, money with ‘smart irrigation’ in the garden

February 26, 2015 at 2:59 pm Comments are Disabled

Jim Canyon was complaining to a cellphone designer friend about his lawn over beers. Given historically dry conditions, he couldn’t seem to get the watering schedule right. “You can’t put it on a timer,” the San Diego-based electromagnetic techie remembers saying. “You need a demand-based system.” Putting their technological backgroundsRead More

Councilman Bob Blumenfield breaks ground on Reseda drought-tolerant garden

Councilman Bob Blumenfield breaks ground on Reseda drought-tolerant garden

November 24, 2014 at 6:09 pm Comments are Disabled

Councilman Bob Blumenfield helped break ground Monday on a 20,000-square-foot, drought-tolerant garden designed to serve as a water-wise example for Angelenos amid the state’s record-setting dry spell. “By replacing our thirsty lawns with California-friendly landscaping, the city of Los Angeles is leading the way and educating Valley residents on theRead More

Drought threatens Southern California gardeners’ survival

Drought threatens Southern California gardeners’ survival

November 18, 2014 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

Salvador Munoz has dripped 35 years of sweat onto West Los Angeles lawns, rising with the searing California sun to haul heavy leaf-blowers and push bulky lawnmowers 12 hours a day until dark. “I’m old, but I can’t survive without working,” said 72-year-old Munoz. whose skin had no wrinkles whenRead More

L.A. City Councilman Bob Blumenfield has recently replaced most of the front lawn from his Woodland Hills home with drought tolerant plants to reduce his water usage, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker/Los Angeles Daily News)

San Fernando Valley officials increased water use during worst drought year

November 13, 2014 at 5:27 pm Comments are Disabled

Some San Fernando Valley officials who set the city’s water policy consume more than twice the water as the average Angeleno when comparing their households. Records show two Valley-based City Council members actually increased their usage after Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought state of emergency in January and calledRead More

Los Angeles runs out of free rain barrels, offers $100 rebate to buy your own

Los Angeles runs out of free rain barrels, offers $100 rebate to buy your own

November 13, 2014 at 5:02 pm Comments are Disabled

Even with no prospect of a major rain storm on the horizon, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Wednesday the 1,000 rain barrels offered last week are gone and 400 new ones will be made available in January. The 45- and 55-gallon barrels, donated by Coca-Cola, originally were to be given out over fiveRead More

If it ever rains again, Los Angeles wants you to catch it in free rain barrels

November 10, 2014 at 4:54 pm 2 comments

Over the next five Saturdays, the city of Los Angeles will give away 1,000 rain barrels that can be used for irrigating lawns and gardens. The 45- and 55-gallon barrels — donated by Coca-Cola — originally were used to hold syrup. The city’s volunteer-run Keep Los Angeles Beautiful group will manage theRead More

California drought boosts synthetic turf businesses as homeowners turn to artificial grass

California drought boosts synthetic turf businesses as homeowners turn to artificial grass

October 27, 2014 at 7:48 pm Comments are Disabled

As drought-conscious Californians look for ways to reduce their water consumption, business is blooming for the synthetic turf industry. Chris Hayman of Earth Design Landscape in Redondo Beach said annual revenues have jumped from less than $300,000 in 2012 to more than $2.5 million in the first nine months ofRead More

Pathways complete, carpet of mulch spread. (Photo by Cathy Hake)

From thirsty lawn to drought-tolerant landscaping to LADWP rebate, step by step

October 3, 2014 at 4:52 pm Comments are Disabled

Cathy Hake and her husband recently performed a makeover of their front yard in Valley Village. Hake took advantage of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s rebate program, which now offers up to $3 per square foot for lawn that is removed in favor of drought-tolerant plants. TheRead More