Garden

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…

Nuts About Natives

Maybe you’re a native-plant fanatic, enjoying the Red Fairy Dusters and California Lilacs that bloom annually in your yard…or perhaps you religiously tend to an ocean-friendly garden, ensuring its “organic-ness” by composting  and growing vegetables that make your neighbors green with envy…or maybe you’re new to the idea of planting native plants and gardening but…

9 Composting Dos & Don’ts

Composting is an eco-savvy gardener’s best friend. Food scraps and yard waste make up a whopping 30% of the stuff we throw away. Repurposing organic leftovers helps free up space in landfills, curb the greenhouse-gas emissions coming from those landfills and reduce your need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides. What’s more, compost is a nutrient-rich,…

The Buzz on Stagnant Water: Post-Storm Mosquito Control

It’s hard to find a downside to drought-quenching rainfalls like we had last month. But all of that glorious rainwater can easily collect and turn into a prime breeding ground for mosquitoes. When it comes to laying eggs, nature’s peskiest bugs favor the shallow standing water that tends to pool outside your home after a…

Ask LA Stormwater: How Can I Conserve Water?

A: That’s the million dollar question ever since Governor Brown urged every Californian to cut their water use by 20%. Angelenos typically use about 129 gallons of water every day. To keep in step with the Governor, we need to save 30 gallons a day. (The more, the better, of course.) Luckily there are some…

Got Leaves?

Leaves, leaves, everywhere!  Anyone with trees and shrubs around their home is experiencing a bounty of fallen leaves this time of year. And while fall colors can be visually stunning, what does one do with all those fallen leaves after the kids are finished having leaf fights and jumping into leaf piles? Here are a…

Environment Plus Edibles Equal Eden

If you’re looking for inspiration for your own garden or scouting out amazing weekend outings for the family that are fun, educational and free, then look no further than the fifth annual Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase on Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. This annual tour, located in the heart of…

Keeping LA’s Beaches Green

This is the time of year when green is the “it” color. Between St. Patrick’s Day and the many hues of springtime green popping up on foliage all around us, we’re happily “swimming” in emerald…jade…chartreuse…sage…hunter…pistachio…the shades of green can go on and on. And, as the plant world around us begins to wake up from winter,…

New SAFE Center Opens In Granada Hills

Late last month, LA Sanitation cut the ribbon on the new Nicole Bernson SAFE Center located at 10241 North Balboa Blvd. in Granada Hills. Standing for Solvents, Automotive, Flammables and Electronics, the new SAFE Center will provide residents of the Northwest San Fernando Valley a convenient way to dispose of their unwanted household hazardous waste…

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