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If cooling costs have you hot under the collar, read on. It turns out that the old adage, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," can also be applied to preventative care on your home comfort system. Plus, it's never been cheaper to maintain your own pool and spa.
Warmer weather means outdoor living in the SCV. Here are our favorite ways to get the most out of your yard!
Look no farther for favorite photos of local yards done right.
Now's the time to make your yard your vacation destination!
The top 2015 outdoor trends will have you planting ornamental edibles and fruit trees.
During a drought, especially the severe drought we're experiencing now, it's tempting to focus on "can'ts" and "don'ts."
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.
We love! The online site let's you not only organize and store all the great goodies you find online, but view (And save!) all the brilliant discoveries(Called "pins.") that other users post to their account.

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.
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