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Let's Talk Turf

Posted on September 7, 2015 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (41)

To Astroturf or Not to Astroturf

I’ve been teaching gardening classes and consulting on drought-tolerant landscaping recently and one thing I’ve been made acutely aware of is that there is a dearth of information on the ramifications of using artificial turf.  Some folks want to install artificial turf because they think it will be an easy, one-time solution to the problem of replacing their high-water-consu...

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Mulch Much?

Posted on August 9, 2015 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (2)

There’s panic in the air, and in the garden. Rest assured, all is not lost.


Like most everyone else in California, I sat up and took notice when, on April 1, 2015, Governor Brown addressed California’s ongoing drought and issued stronger recommendations aimed at surviving it.  Reactions to the announcement reminded me of the panic I'd once seen in a crowded shopping mall during an earthquake: some stood still, calmly assessing the event and cooll...

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