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
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
As California’s drought deepens, 17 communities across the state are in danger of running out of water within 60 to 120 days, state officials said on Jan. 28.
Scientists who study the West’s long-term climate patterns say the California has had multiple droughts of 10 or 20 years in a row during the past 1,000 years — and two severe “megadroughts” of 180 years and 240 years.
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
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
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
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
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