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What to do when your backyard needs to become your favorite escape.
Did you know that mandatory water conservation measures are currently in effect?
How do you tip the scale from "good" to "great" when it comes to your outdoor living space? Realize that, when it comes to exterior home improvement, there's no time like the present.
Turf grass is typically the highest water-using plant in our landscapes. If you reduce the amount of turf, you can reduce the amount of water your landscape requires. Even if you replace the lawn with other plants, the amount of water needed where the grass used to be will be much less.
Confused about your community's new water-rationing rules? Click here for the 411.
With a few smart improvements, you'll be enjoying your outdoor living space year-round.
What's your first inclination when you see a brown spot on your lawn?
Drought-ready plants are more than water-savvy; they're beautiful, too!
Since water efficiency has become an essential practice in all regions of California, people are upgrading their spray irrigation by converting them to more efficient systems.
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We've snagged oh-so-clever design ideas, decor inspiration and so much more from Pinterest and we post our favorites, too. Follow our pins by searching "Inside SCV Magazine" the next time you're on a Pinterest.com binge. Everything you find in this spread will be easily sortable and savable in our "Home" board. Here's a preview of our upcoming featured selections (and our guesses as to the reactions!). Log on for more!
Grass is a very manipulative plant. When it gets hot in the SCV, lawns begin to show stress very easily. Brown patches begin to appear, the deep-green color of winter and spring fade and grass' velvety texture can turn straw-like. Basically, the lawn is throwing the plant equivalent of a tantrum - it is trying to guilt you into giving it more water. While giving in and overwatering your grass might soothe your conscience, it can lead to arrhythmia-inducing water bills.
Summer is here. The weather is hot... and we're in a drought. The Governor has asked us all to do our part and reduce our water use by 20 percent. Here's how we can keep our landscapes looking "cool" despite the reduced water use: cycle and soak.
Your home's interior shouldn't be the only place where guests discover brilliant design elements and accents that leave them speechless.
Bump up the "blahs" with the bold additions you'll find here.
Approximately 70 percent of a typical Santa Clarita Valley water bill is for water used outdoors with the vast majority used for landscape irrigation. Improving irrigation efficiency can reduce water waste and will often improve the quality of the landscape.
You've heard the numbers and warnings, but sometimes it's hard to fully grasp the drought problem that California and the Santa Clarita Valley are currently experiencing.
You've probably heard a lot about the drought - especially now that folks are gearing up for summer.
Dare to be different with drought-friendly landscaping.
"Efficiency" is one of the trendiest home topics in recent history, and with good reason: it's synonymous with saving money.
Watering Santa Clarita Valley landscapes efficiently is always important. During a drought, it is critical. Keeping the landscape water-efficient, healthy and aesthetically pleasing is a real challenge. Fear not, though! There are some maintenance practices and watering strategies that will not only help you meet the challenge during a drought, but they can become part of your regular landscape care regime.
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