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Deprogamming the Southern California lawn

Deprogamming the Southern California lawn

My first lawn in Southern California was at a Burbank rental where the landlord asked my husband and me to keep the yard watered. A dewy-eyed newbie to this end of the state, I thought, “Not a problem.” The landlord paid for the water and it was mid-1980s cheap. But the joke was on us. The house didn't have a sprinkler system or shade trees, and the oven-baked grounds went from verdant to toasty in no time. Just before we moved in July, I was determined to see how much water it would take to revive the grass with a roving sprinkler head attached to a hose. Answer: five hours a day for multiple days. It was my first encounter with the pathology of Western lawns. I thought...

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