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Cactus and succulents aren’t just trendy, they make sense in drought ridden Southern California

Cactus and succulents aren’t just trendy, they make sense in drought ridden Southern California

August 13, 2015 at 3:00 pm Comments are Disabled

“A hobby gone wild.” That’s how Kim Thorpe describes Desert Creations, the novelty gift shop and well-stocked nursery that she and four friends from the Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society opened in Northridge this past April. So far, she says, “business is going great.” Chalk it up to timing.Read More

Save a lawn, help a planet

Save a lawn, help a planet

July 14, 2015 at 2:56 pm Comments are Disabled

If you’re feeling guilty about having a mostly green lawn, here’s some news that could ease the guilt and even make you feel a bit noble.

Drought gardening tips: Skip expensive additives

Drought gardening tips: Skip expensive additives

July 9, 2015 at 1:54 pm Comments are Disabled

As we try to cut down on water on the landscape, we may be tempted to buy chemicals, sprays and additives that purport to conserve water, but compost still is the best solution.

Drought gardening tips: Marvelous mallows

Drought gardening tips: Marvelous mallows

May 18, 2015 at 2:38 pm Comments are Disabled

When considering replacing water-hungry plants for those that use less water, you can’t go much wrong if you look at natives.

Drought gardening tips: Staying away from invasives

Drought gardening tips: Staying away from invasives

May 14, 2015 at 1:38 pm Comments are Disabled

One of the troubling side effects of the California drought is the increasing use of invasive plants by landscapers and home owner desperate to plant low-water users.

Drought gardening tip: It’s all about the soil

Drought gardening tip: It’s all about the soil

May 1, 2015 at 2:29 pm Comments are Disabled

Getting rid of lawns and growing native, low water using plants are both great things, but you can do even more if you think less about the plant and more about the soil.

Drought gardening tips: Taking care of trees

Drought gardening tips: Taking care of trees

April 29, 2015 at 3:27 pm Comments are Disabled

We may be OK with letting the lawn turn brown, but what about the trees? Not caring for them can have huge impacts on the environment.

Drought gardening tip: 6 ways to reduce water in the garden

Drought gardening tip: 6 ways to reduce water in the garden

April 20, 2015 at 1:46 pm Comments are Disabled

The first place to reduce your water use is in your own backyard. For most people, we’re spending more than half of our water allotment in our yards and gardens.

Drought gardening tips: Consider a cactus or two

Drought gardening tips: Consider a cactus or two

April 17, 2015 at 10:00 am Comments are Disabled

If you’ve ever harbored desires to have an English country garden, now is a good time to let go of those dreams forever, at least if you remain in California. Plants and gardens that require ample amounts of water to grow is just not an option these dry, dreary days.

UC Berkeley students create low-water templates for San Lorenzo yards

UC Berkeley students create low-water templates for San Lorenzo yards

April 15, 2015 at 4:40 pm Comments are Disabled

SAN LORENZO — Catherine Kavasch knew she wanted to get rid of her lawn, she just wasn’t sure what to grow in her yard instead. But now she has four templates to guide her in what and where to plant, created by UC Berkeley landscape architecture students specifically for SanRead More