Landscaping

New California drought conservation ad features @Lawn_Dude cartoon

New California drought conservation ad features @Lawn_Dude cartoon

August 1, 2014 at 10:10 am Comments are Disabled

In order for Californians to take the drought more seriously, the folks at the Southern California Water Committee drew up a bright green cartoon character who will be mugging on billboards and on Twitter about water conservation. Lawn Dude, a green Smurf-like animated character with two eyes and a tuftRead More

"Michael Korte with his wife Laura Whitney in front of their home where their grass has suffered as they have tried to use less water due to the severe drought. She recently received a letter from the city's code enforcement bureau saying she has 60 days to green up her lawn or face fines and penalties in Glendora, Calif., on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. (Keith Birmingham/Pasadena Star-News)

New California law protects brown lawns from homeowners associations

July 22, 2014 at 7:11 pm Comments are Disabled

SACRAMENTO — Homeowners associations can no longer fine residents who fail to water their lawns during droughts under legislation sponsored by a San Jose lawmaker. Reports earlier this year that a San Lorenzo association threatened in writing to retaliate against a man with a burned lawn inspired Assembly Bill 2100.Read More

Water cop patrols the streets of Los Angeles

Water cop patrols the streets of Los Angeles

July 18, 2014 at 4:14 pm 1 comment

A day after state water regulators voted to get tougher on water restrictions, the Los Angeles water police Wednesday were out in force — with a full-time water cop of one. But until he gets three more water enforcement deputies next month, Rick Silva has the herculean task of patrollingRead More

California couple gets warning: Water your lawn more or face fines

California couple gets warning: Water your lawn more or face fines

July 18, 2014 at 4:06 pm 1 comment

In order to save water in a severe drought, Laura Whitney-Korte reduced watering her lawn to two times a week, turns off the shower to suds up and never leaves the faucet running while brushing her teeth. And what has she received for her water-saving efforts? A threatening letter fromRead More

Wasting water in California could cost you $500 a day

Wasting water in California could cost you $500 a day

July 9, 2014 at 10:52 am Comments are Disabled

SACRAMENTO >> Californians who waste water outdoors by drenching their lawns or washing a car without a nozzle on the hose amid the state’s historic drought may soon face fines of up to $500 a day. The state Water Resources Control Board is set to meet next week to considerRead More

Los Angeles company saving water by offering drought-tolerant lawns for free

Los Angeles company saving water by offering drought-tolerant lawns for free

July 1, 2014 at 11:16 am 1 comment

Lorianne and Tibor Baranyai were ready to shell out some serious cash to rip out their thirsty lawn and replace it with low-water landscaping. Then came a better offer. As a result, a new L.A. company hatched by green investors has torn out their yellowing turf and put in aRead More

How to grow and care for container succulents

How to grow and care for container succulents

June 17, 2014 at 12:12 pm Comments are Disabled

Succulents either grow in the cool or warm seasons. Some grow in October until April when they go dormant. Warm season plants go dormant in October. CHOOSE THE RIGHT CONTAINER Plants with shallow roots or that tend to rot faster do best in low or unglazed containers. Plants with leggyRead More

The magic of growing perfect plants is based on location, location, location

The magic of growing perfect plants is based on location, location, location

June 5, 2014 at 12:16 pm Comments are Disabled

If, before visiting Louise Olson’s private home and garden, you were not a plant lover, you would, in all likelihood, become a plant lover before your visit was over. Olson, retired from a career in media advertising, lives in the hilly Cahuenga Pass opposite Universal Studios, and has a knackRead More

From terrariums to the landscape, succulents are in fashion

June 5, 2014 at 12:10 pm Comments are Disabled

Roxie Esterle and her husband, Jim, have been collecting succulents for more than 30 years. But their collection really took off about seven years ago when the couple joined the Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society. “Then we really went nuts,” says the retired science teacher, who also is aRead More

California’s golf courses gird for long, dry summer

California’s golf courses gird for long, dry summer

May 21, 2014 at 3:39 pm Comments are Disabled

Gripping a hose, Robert Hirsch, a maintenance worker at DeLaveaga Golf Course in Santa Cruz, sprays a dry patch of grass, several feet away from a lush green where a group of golfers practice chipping with their 9-irons. “In another month, all of this will be brown,” Hirsch says asRead More