Rebates for replacing lawns with drought-tolerant landscaping won’t be taxed

Rebates for replacing lawns with drought-tolerant landscaping won’t be taxed

September 30, 2014 at 1:00 pm Comments are Disabled

Rebates received by homeowners for replacing their lawns with drought-tolerant landscaping will not be counted as income, according to a bill authored by a Los Angeles lawmaker and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday. By not being taxed on the rebate, which can range as much as $3,000, moreRead More

Rishi Kumar shows his drought friendly yard that he calls 'The Growing Home' in Diamond Bar on Wednesday August 27, 2014. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

Diamond Bar home a model of sustainable living

September 27, 2014 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

What started as a vegetable patch and some fruit trees in Rishi Kumar’s backyard is today a model of sustainable living that he calls The Growing Home. In fact, it is how the 25-year-old Diamond Bar resident makes his living. His home-based business teaches people how to “re-think, re-imagine andRead More

Long Beach couple conserves water with native landscaping

Long Beach couple conserves water with native landscaping

September 25, 2014 at 4:20 pm Comments are Disabled

Conserving water wasn’t the only reason Joshua Frank and his wife, Chelsea Mosher, converted their tiny yard and parkway to California coastal and chaparral native plants. As surfers, they wanted to curb runoff and create a habitat for local wildlife in their downtown Long Beach neighborhood. Their 1923 California bungalowRead More

Agave plants seen at Descanso Gardens near the Boddy House are an example of drought-tolerant landscaping. (Photo by John McCoy/Los Angeles Daily News)

In grip of drought, let your lawn fade away

September 25, 2014 at 5:00 am Comments are Disabled

These are tough times for lawns and those who love them. Mired in what is now a four-year drought, many of us find ourselves either juggling designated “watering” days — while casting a wary eye for the water police who now patrol L.A.’s neighborhoods — or wincing as we watchRead More

How California’s drought is impacting Livermore’s winemakers

How California’s drought is impacting Livermore’s winemakers

September 5, 2014 at 12:45 pm Comments are Disabled

LIVERMORE >> With an early harvest just around the corner, Wente Vineyards’ Kevin Zollinger is optimistic one of the state’s worst droughts in recorded history won’t leave the winemaker’s precious grapes high and dry. But there’s still cause for concern. Zollinger, an executive with the Livermore Valley’s largest vineyard, anticipatesRead More

Low-water landscapes think outside the box

Low-water landscapes think outside the box

August 27, 2014 at 10:52 am Comments are Disabled

Gardeners, dry those tears — or maybe collect them to water your hydrangeas. Yes, we’re looking at drought-induced water restrictions in the coming months despite the recent rain, and reality soon will place California home landscapes on a permanent water diet — reducing liquid-loving lawns and moisture-gluttonous plants and insteadRead More

Bay Area homeowner fined for installing drought-tolerant plants

Bay Area homeowner fined for installing drought-tolerant plants

August 20, 2014 at 9:19 pm 1 comment

SAN RAMON — Fran Paxson figured to get a little credit and admiration when she replaced the old lawn around her suburban San Ramon home with drought-resistant plants. Her public water supplier is even rewarding her with a rebate. But her homeowners association — drought and a new state lawRead More

DWP’s drought-busters back on the streets of Los Angeles looking for leaks, gushers and sprinkler violators

August 18, 2014 at 12:58 pm Comments are Disabled

A team of inspectors known as the drought busters is hitting the streets to find violators of Los Angeles’ water conservation measure. The Department of Water and Power’s Water Conservation Response Unit, the team’s formal name, will patrol different parts of the city in specially marked light blue cars, lookingRead More

Jessica Resnik of Oakland, Calif., center, chats with an installation team from One Lawn in South San Francisco, Calif. as they put the finishing touches on a synthetic lawn in her back yard, Thursday, July 24, 2014. With the water restrictions placed on homeowners by the current drought conditions in California, many are turning to synthetic lawns, which are easy to maintain, kid- and pet-friendly and stay green without water. (D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group)

Synthetic lawns a drought-friendly alternative to grass

August 10, 2014 at 1:38 pm Comments are Disabled

It was often considered the bad toupee of the landscaping world by people who observed the glaringly fake grass that started appearing in the 1960s. Back then, it could even give football players the equivalent of rug burns if they were tackled on the stuff. Though scoffing might still beRead More

How one Los Angeles area golf course is conserving water

How one Los Angeles area golf course is conserving water

August 6, 2014 at 8:28 am Comments are Disabled

WOODLAND HILLS >> Steve Sinclair steered a golf cart Friday over a small hill at Woodland Hills Country Club and beheld a field of wood chips and gravel big enough to scare Tiger Woods. For the veteran course manager, however, the nearly two acres of turf being swapped for drought-tolerantRead More