Landscaping

How Southern California golf courses are managing water use during a drought

How Southern California golf courses are managing water use during a drought

April 4, 2014 at 11:34 am Comments are Disabled

Golf courses and public parks, with their acres and acres of thirsty grass, are heavy water users, and Southern California course operators and park officials say they were mandated to cut consumption since well before the governor’s office declared a drought emergency this year. “Let me first say that theRead More

Drought-wise gardening tips

March 6, 2014 at 11:01 am Comments are Disabled

Some suggestions from Patrice Hanlon of The Gardens at Heather Farm in Walnut Creek, and Kathleen Norris Brenzel from Sunset Magazine: Hydrozone: “For newbies, you go to the nursery and you see attractive groupings of plants, but you take them home and they don’t always have the same water needs,”Read More

Drought doesn’t mean doom for your plants

Drought doesn’t mean doom for your plants

February 6, 2014 at 11:03 am Comments are Disabled

In this state, more than 50 percent of residential water use occurs outdoors. A typical lawn consumes about 57 inches of water a year, according to the Association of California Water Agencies. Rain quenches some of that thirst, but it’s not enough in most places. Both San Jose and LosRead More

Lawn alternatives can save time, money — and maybe the planet

Lawn alternatives can save time, money — and maybe the planet

June 27, 2013 at 10:46 am Comments are Disabled

Lawns as we know them today began as grazing pastures in Europe during the Middle Ages. By the 1600s, the “English” lawn had became a status symbol for aristocrats. It wasn’t until the early 1800s that turf lawns started gaining popularity in America, according to About.com. After World War II, lawnsRead More

Gray water systems: What they are, how they work

February 5, 2011 at 10:35 am Comments are Disabled

Until recently, gray water had the patina of being on the fringe or new age. And it seemed, therefore, dismissible. But that image is changing. As the need to conserve water drives innovation and demand, gray water is finding a place in landscapes and gardens throughout the Bay Area. GrayRead More

Tipsheet: Fire prevention landscaping

May 29, 2009 at 10:39 am Comments are Disabled

With the fire season under way and a dry summer ahead, it’s time to create a firebreak around your house and other structures on your property. Unfortunately, many of our homes have been built in fire-prone areas. Dry grasses, trees and shrubs planted near a home can burn quickly andRead More