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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

California drought: Tips for conserving water

California drought: Tips for conserving water

January 20, 2014 at 10:40 am Comments are Disabled

Like big earthquakes and budget deficits, droughts are a part of life in California that seem to come back around every decade or so. Remember not flushing the toilet? Putting a bucket in the shower? It’s time to dust off those tips, as California finds itself in a brutally dryRead 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

Advice for a water-wise garden

April 6, 2012 at 10:38 am Comments are Disabled

Transforming your garden into a low-water oasis can be costly and labor-intensive, but here are some expert’s ideas for simple ways to make a few changes that can make a difference: Paul James: The benefits of mulch should never be overlooked, says HGTV’s “The Gardener Guy.” Covering your garden inRead 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