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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: Installing drip irrigation

Drought gardening tips: Installing drip irrigation

May 22, 2015 at 1:30 pm Comments are Disabled

Drip irrigation is the right choice for many gardens, and it can be as extensive and involved as you need, or a simple as attaching a timer and drip line to your backyard faucet.

Drought gardening tips: Live irrigation demo

Drought gardening tips: Live irrigation demo

May 20, 2015 at 1:53 pm Comments are Disabled

If you’re like me, the thought of installing a drip irrigation system in your garden is akin to that dream where you realize you haven’t gone to algebra class all year and you need to show up today and take the final exam.

Drought gardening tips: Irrigation

Drought gardening tips: Irrigation

May 11, 2015 at 2:46 pm Comments are Disabled

Now that the weather is warming up, it’s time to look at your irrigation and figure out how to keep plants alive without using lots of water. Here are five things to try.

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.

Gardening tips: Container gardening in drought

Gardening tips: Container gardening in drought

April 13, 2015 at 1:14 pm Comments are Disabled

For those with little space or poor soil, container gardening is a great way to go. However, growing vegetables in pots can use more water than traditional in-ground gardening.

Tomato seedlings, ready for planting. (Joan Morris/Mercury News)

Gardening tips: Dry farming tomatoes

April 11, 2015 at 11:38 am Comments are Disabled

Gardeners are loathe to give up on their vegetable gardens, especially when it comes to growing those lovely, flavorful tomatoes. There is a way, however, to grow tomatoes without using a lot of water – a priority given the California drought and water restrictions.

Save water, money with ‘smart irrigation’ in the garden

Save water, money with ‘smart irrigation’ in the garden

February 26, 2015 at 2:59 pm Comments are Disabled

Jim Canyon was complaining to a cellphone designer friend about his lawn over beers. Given historically dry conditions, he couldn’t seem to get the watering schedule right. “You can’t put it on a timer,” the San Diego-based electromagnetic techie remembers saying. “You need a demand-based system.” Putting their technological backgroundsRead More

Agave plants seen at Descanso Gardens near the Boddy House are an example of drought-tolerant landscaping. (Photo by John McCoy/Los Angeles Daily News)

In grip of drought, let your lawn fade away

September 25, 2014 at 5:00 am Comments are Disabled

These are tough times for lawns and those who love them. Mired in what is now a four-year drought, many of us find ourselves either juggling designated “watering” days — while casting a wary eye for the water police who now patrol L.A.’s neighborhoods — or wincing as we watchRead More