Here’s how to adapt your home, garden or lawn for drought
Explore the stories below for inspiration, guidance and general how-to-be-water-conscious information.
She cut her water bill in half by tearing out her lawn and going all in on ‘hugelkultur’
At first, this DIY lawn removal in Pasadena confused neighbors. But now the hugel-filled drought-tolerant yard gets showered with compliments.
Do kids really need grass? This magical L.A. garden will make you rethink turf
Kyle and Claire Penn pulled out their lawn in Eagle Rock and never looked back. “We haven’t given up anything by not being able to run around on grass,” Kyle says.
They wanted their drought-tolerant yard to spark conversations. But not on Nextdoor
They renovated their Los Angeles yard with climate change in mind. Then they got derailed by a Nextdoor complaint and a city notice.
January is a good month for garden classes and planning. We asked SoCal garden experts to weigh in on their personal garden goals in 2023.
The Sink Twice toilet sink saves water, saves money and makes hand-washing fun. What better way to help save the environment?
How to tear out your lawn by yourself (Hint: Start collecting cardboard now)
As the drought continues, Californians are tearing out their lawns. Here’s a DIY guide to killing grass to prep for a drought-tolerant landscape.
Replacing lawns with drought-tolerant plants is a good start in dry Southern California. Setting up a recycled water system is even better.
Instead of a lawn, Jose Ramirez planted 250 trees, including avocados, limes, apples, mangoes and even coffee beans in his Boyle Heights yard.
Drought-resistant plants like hummingbird sage and rosemary are the ideal addition to Southern California gardens.
These California native plants seem to thrive on neglect.
Georg Kochi moved to his family home and tore out the lawn. As he learned about native plants, he fell in love with drought-tolerant landscaping.
A high school student created a small-space solution to growing food with recycled water.
You don’t need grass for a family-friendly yard. Garden designer Paul Robbins traded turf for a drought-tolerant garden and play area for his kids.
On a block full of lawns, she ditched grass for a DIY drought-tolerant oasis
Sarah Lariviere tore out her lawn and paid for a low-water replacement with a turf removal rebate. Here’s how she made it happen.
Your lawn will suffer amid the megadrought. Save money and put it out of its misery
Gardening experts provide tips on lawn removal, drought-tolerant plants and how to keep turf semi-alive during the megadrought.
The water that cleans your clothes isn’t safe to drink, but it could be good for your plants. Here’s how to use grey water amid drought restrictions.
We’re in a megadrought. Here’s how to keep your veggie garden alive this summer
As Southern California’s drought conditions worsen, Los Angeles gardeners can keep their vegetables growing amid water restrictions with these tips.
Drought-tolerant yards don’t have to be stark (or dull).
Transforming lawns to drought-tolerant vegetation creates nighttime cooling effect
A revolution in Los Angeles landscaping: Homeowners replace lawns with gravel, turf, decomposed granite and a wide range of drought-tolerant plants.
Ready to ditch your lawn and save water?
Although fall is planting season in Southern California, summer is the best time to see how plants survive the heat.
Is growing a vegetable garden in the midst of record heat and water shortages virtuous, or an act of self-indulgent waste?
Dodger Stadium is open for visitors to its botanic garden filled with drought-tolerant plants.
This Los Angeles couple is on a mission to save the environment, starting with their own backyard
Plant a native; help save Los Angeles. That’s Cassy and Kirk Aoyagi’s mission. They’re not alone.
Drought-tolerant trees and less thirsty plants to add to your yard or garden.
Tips for keeping your plants alive when the weather is blistering.
What does all the terminology really mean?