Posts Tagged drought

Drainage and Hard Rains

California friendly Garden Many in southern California have completely changed their former lawn dominated yards into drought tolerant or “California Friendly” gardens.  This entailed ripping out all or most of the grass with surfaces like decomposed granite (DG) or laying down different sizes of gravel.  This type of landscape works well in southern California, until heavy rains begin to fall, as happened last week.  Why the surprise? When

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Saving Water: Simple ways to hold on to the rain

With El Niño-related storms providing much-needed rain, why let it go down the drain? Angelenos can tap into the age-old practice of rainwater harvesting, a process that saves both water and money. Homeowners will have several opportunities this month to learn how to capture rainwater as experts and agencies gear up for a wet winter ahead. Techniques involve constructing property berms and swales (ditches built on the contour

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Rainwater Diversion – Enviroscape LA

Enviroscape LA Rainwater harvesting

One of Los Angeles’ biggest environmental challenges is rainwater. Lack of it and yet, when it falls, it carries all the pollution on our roofs and streets to the ocean. Modern society, with all its advances in science, medicine and health can not seem to come up with something to magically cure the problem we have created and that is killing our ocean. In the beginning, it

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Preparing for EL NINO in LA

Thinking Sustainably and Preparing for El Nino by Mike Garcia, Enviroscape LA Mitigate the storm’s effect on our home and garden – AND – Divert and capture storm water to help our severe drought We are in a severe prolonged drought yet if El Niño comes this year an estimated 114 billion gallons of water we could be capturing is lost. Even with El Niño – we are

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Lawn Rebates….Good for California?

Thinking of tearing out your lawn?  Read this first! In in effort to save water, many Californians are taking advantage of lawn removal rebates, where the water company will pay you $2-$4.00 per square foot, to remove lawn and replace with native plants or synthetic lawn.  Hundreds of Millions of dollars have already been given out.  If this program continues to succeed, what will be the net

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California Drought And What You Can Do

Normally, bathtub rings are a good sign.  They mean that somebody has taken a bath and nothing is better than the feeling of a clean body.  As much as we love the sign of a bathtub ring, the same is not true of the “Bath tub” rings in a water supply reservoir. The water company keeps lots of water in reservoirs, and draws upon these as there

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Experience the Benefits of Rainwater Harvesting Systems

I wondered how we would enjoy this summer without our swimpond. We recently filled in our pool with rainwater harvesting tanks designed to save rainwater. We will use the saved rainwater harvesting system for irrigation water as needed. We kept the koi pond, and recently replaced the swimpond with a rainwater harvesting system. Two benefits of replacing our swim-pond with a rainwater harvesting system are lower monthly costs and

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Pond World, Not yet an Industry

Water Garden News has splashed into the world of blogging. I’ve been invited to discuss the issues affecting our businesses and I welcome your comments. In my conversations with other pond builders, I’ve found much agreement that we can’t quite call the pond world an industry yet. We’re so small that we’re not really an industry, but more of a niche within the construction and landscaping industries.

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