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Free E-book: Drought-Tolerant Plants For California Yards

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 2, 2015 7:50:28 AM

This colorful and detailed document offers photos and precise information about plants that can thrive in California's drought conditions.

Written by experts at the Las Vigenes municipal water district, here's a sample from the pdf-format book:

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Low-Mow Lawns

Posted by Sarah Lozanova

Mar 18, 2015 3:00:00 PM

Most of your clients will be reluctant to give up the lawn completely. Here are some ways to upgrade that patch of grass.

WITH MORE THAN 40 million acres of residential and commercial grass lawns in the United States, turfgrass is firmly rooted in American culture. Unfortunately, the conventional lawn has numerous drawbacks: it requires frequent mowing, irrigation and fertilizer application, and it is commonly treated with pesticides. These applications are largely void of wildlife and pollinators and do not nourish the soil.

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Water-Wise Landscaping

Posted by Sarah Lozanova

Mar 9, 2015 4:23:00 PM

A combination of native plants, healthy soil and smart irrigation can transform a thirsty landscape into one that conserves water and thrives without chemicals.

Overhead watering is extremely inefficient. As much as 50 percent is lost to run-off, evaporation or wind. A better alternative are drip irrigation systems that use either soaker hoses or emitters to release small amounts of water at the bases of plants. Photo Credit: Robert Couse-Baker

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