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Catch Every Last R.A.I.N. Drop: Rain Barrel Maintenance

In anticipation of potential rains this season (fingers crossed), we want to make sure that you and your rain barrel are ready! If you DON’T have a rain barrel – we highly encourage getting one for your home. They are low-cost systems that help preserve local watersheds by reducing rainwater runoff. The Metropolitan Water District…

Changing Seasons, Changing Habits

Leaves on trees will start changing colors. Mornings will develop a brisk chill. The holiday spirit will soon fill the air. Keep an eye out, for these are the signs that fall has arrived. September 22nd was officially the first day of fall, and although we Southern Californians know that summer often extends through September…

Green With Native Garden Envy

Autumn is the perfect season to start a native garden. The soil is still warm, which helps the root system of young plants grow healthy and strong, and the outdoor temperature turns cooler, putting less stress on the new plantings. And fall is water-wise. Shorter days, milder temperatures and (knock on wood) the occasional rain…

One Less Spark May Mean One Less Wildfire

The recent local fires and Santa Ana wind conditions here in Southern California are a reminder that fire season is here. Additionally, the increased vegetation in local hills as a result of the heavy rains this last winter means that there’s more fire fuel out there. To keep Angelenos safe during the next few months,…

The Gift of Green

From recycling wrapping paper to composting our Christmas tree, we’ve all heard ways that we can make our holidays “greener.”  And, while we should all continue to make these “green” practices a part of our holiday traditions, this year, we’re challenging Angelenos to take it one step further. Here are some fun and simple ways…

Made in the Shade

June 21 is the official start of summer with the longest day of the year. While we often get moments of cloudiness with our “June gloom,” the summer sun can beat down and heat you up. During the drought, it’s especially important to care for the trees that provide us (and our city) with needed…

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Tips for a Fire-Wise Garden

With all the recent talk about California’s historic drought, we’re all pretty familiar about water-wise gardening. But with scorching summer heat and barbecues, have you prepared your garden to be fire-wise as well? Below are four fire-wise tips to keep your family and home safe during this season of burgers on the barbie: Assess Your Fire Risk.…

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LA’s Best Water-Wise Gardens

Replace the toilet with a low-flow model: check. Install aerators on all of the faucets: done. Lower those showers to 5 minutes: who needs more time than that? Now that many of us have become water-saving warriors inside the house, it’s time to tackle the next drought-fighting frontier—outside in the yard. A growing number of…

3 Ways to Build a Beautiful Native Garden

Autumn is the perfect season to start a native garden. The soil is still warm, which helps the root system of young plants grow healthy and strong, and the outdoor temperature turns cooler, putting less stress on the new plantings. And fall is water-wise. Shorter days, milder temperatures and (knock on wood) the occasional rain…

Ask LA Stormwater: What’s the best lawn care in a drought?

A: A whopping 40 percent of the drinking water in Los Angeles is used for landscaping. So conserving water outdoors is a great way to help beat the drought. Thankfully, there are many ways to be water-wise in your yard, whether you’re looking for simple solutions or are ready to take more radical steps. Let’s start…

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