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11 Ways to Meet California's New Water Cutbacks

Sunset | Posted 04.21.2015 | HuffPost Home

Governor Brown's call for mandatory water cutbacks for all Californians has a lot of us wondering what more we can do to save water, especially outdoors. And how can we get our gardens through the worst drought in our history? Here's a strategy.

Lawns: It's Time to Rethink This Property Right in Southern California

Lisa Novick | Posted 04.10.2015 | Los Angeles
Lisa Novick

For years, I've maintained that education, not government-sanctioned coercion, would be the best way to help us live within our water means. I don't believe that now.

Lydia O'Connor

Some Landscapers Are Helping Drought-Stricken California By Ripping Out Water-Guzzling Lawns For Free | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 04.10.2015 | Green

In California, a lush lawn is something of a status symbol -- but its upkeep uses a lot of water. Now that the drought-stricken state is under mandato...

Winterize Your Lawn and Garden in 7 Steps | Posted 12.08.2014 | HuffPost Home

As the cool weather sets in, so enters the most crucial season for yard work: autumn. Now is the best time of year to lay down new grass seed and repair any damage to your lawn that may have occurred over the summer.

An Open Letter to My Neighbors Regarding Drought and My Dead, Weedy Lawn

Jonathan Kim | Posted 11.22.2014 | Green
Jonathan Kim

First, please know that I very much sympathize with your stance. I'm sure that because of what I've allowed my front yard to become, you must think of me as a nightmare of a neighbor.

Landscaping for Heaven or Hell on Earth

Lisa Novick | Posted 08.04.2014 | Green
Lisa Novick

It is time to recognize the wrongdoing at the heart of ornamental non-native landscaping and to make amends. It is time for people to extend the love and respect they show for one another to the land that surrounds their homes and places of worship.

2014: A Time to Renew

Carson Arthur | Posted 06.14.2014 | HuffPost Home
Carson Arthur

I'm officially declaring 2014 the perfect time to renew our love for outdoor living! Here are five simple things we can do to get started for spring and make an environmental impact.

They're Getting It Right "Down Under" and the U.S. Should Follow Their Lead

Lisa Novick | Posted 04.09.2014 | Green
Lisa Novick

Though recent news hasn't been good -- record drought in the Southwest, the precipitous decline of Monarch butterflies, the extermination of top predators that keep our ecosystems healthy -- my recent trip to Australia made me feel more hopeful than in a long time.


The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 08.27.2013 | HuffPost Home

Hate mowing lawns? You aren't alone. Unlike most of us, however, Reddit user "aztecman" has devised a simple, brilliant solution. After actively ig...

Poem: Toy Lawnmower

Hannah Stephenson | Posted 07.21.2013 | Arts
Hannah Stephenson

Image Credit: Mel Kadel Toy Lawnmower To learn to mow the grass, pretend to mow the grass. Pretend enough and you'll get good. Playtime trains t...

The Lawnmower

Rabbi Michael M. Cohen | Posted 12.17.2012 | Green
Rabbi Michael M. Cohen

Getting smarter about how we discuss our relationship to the environment means moving the conversation beyond claims that climate change is not the result of human behavior and that changing our behavior will be bad for our standard of living.

Do Lawns Contribute to Climate Change?

Mark Hostetler | Posted 06.30.2012 | Green
Mark Hostetler

With these unmeasured factors, city parks with high maintenance regimes may have much larger impacts than reported here. Thus, urban areas that have a large amount of mowed, irrigated, fertilized lawns and pruned shrubs and trees can be a source of carbon dioxide rather than a sink.

Message From Mama Earth: Stay Off the Lawn Chemicals

Dr. Gary Ginsberg | Posted 06.24.2012 | Green
Dr. Gary Ginsberg

The "junkie" lawn may push up healthy-looking grass, but looks can be deceiving.

What Is the Best Earth Day Pledge?

Mark Hostetler | Posted 06.06.2012 | Green
Mark Hostetler

In the end, all environmental pledges are important but I have seen many people purchase compact fluorescent bulbs and place solar panels on their homes only to irrigate, fertilize, spray pesticides and mow their expansive lawns.

Chemical Marketplace: The Fine Print on a Common Pesticide, Writ Large

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.27.2012 | Green
Bill Chameides

Crossposted with TheGreenGrok.More than 80,000 chemicals are produced, used, and present in the United States. This is one of their stories. Do you we...

Are Lawns Bad?

Mark Hostetler | Posted 05.27.2012 | Green
Mark Hostetler

I regard lawns as bad because they are like concrete to most species and have very little benefit for wildlife. But are lawns bad, considering all the other activities and consumption patterns we urbanites partake in?

You Callin' Me a Snob? The History of a Word

Alan Elsner | Posted 04.30.2012 | Home
Alan Elsner

Today we have the wine snob, the beer snob, the cheese snob, the opera snob, the film snob and countless other varieties. One definition of the food snob that amused me is "a person who looks down on those who do not know the difference between a daube and a navarin."

Lynne Peeples

Texas Drought: 'Tough Choices' Ahead For The Thirsty State, Water Experts Say | Lynne Peeples | Posted 12.07.2011 | Green

AUSTIN, Texas -- On Thursday evening, Austin's local Fox News weatherman Scott Fisher gave his viewers a welcome forecast: a "big time" chance of rain...

Let's Talk About Lawn Care!

Graham James | Posted 07.26.2011 | New York
Graham James

As per usual we had about a week of spring here in the tri-state area before summer hit us full in the teeth. In between those two seasons we had about 10 days of rain (which is also the name of my Lynyrd Skynyrd cover band).

The Lawn Chemical Ritual

McKay Jenkins | Posted 06.21.2011 | Green
McKay Jenkins

It's not just our health that suffers from our cultural obsession with lawn chemicals; our environment suffers too. The Chesapeake Bay suffers catastrophic "dead zones" resulting from the excessive nutrients running off suburban lawns.

Rosemary Beach, Florida: A New Urbanism for Beach-Goers

Pam Grout | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Pam Grout

Rosemary Beach is one of 14 experimental communities along the 26 miles of Florida's South Walton Beach and unlike most American towns, Rosemary Beach doesn't allow front yards.

Bill to Restrict Use of Lawn Fertilizers in New Jersey

Tom Christopher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Tom Christopher

New Jersey is killing itself with lawn fertilizers. Or at least, the fertilizers are killing its freshwater lakes. If passed into law, the bill would severely restrict the fertilization of lawns in the "Garden State."

The Organic Lawn Care Manual

Annie Spiegelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Annie Spiegelman

Paul Tukey, a lawn care professional and publisher of the gardening magazine People, Places and Plants, presents straightforward, practical how-to methods for safe and organic effective lawn care.

Cry Me a River: Watering Your Yard in a Drought

Annie Spiegelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Annie Spiegelman

This summer, with a plethora of states across the country experiencing drought conditions, learning about low-volume watering is crucial to having your yard survive the dry months.

Lawns May Contribute to Global Warming, Study Says

Live Science | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

A new study suggests that, in certain parts of the country, total emissions would actually be lower if there weren't any lawns. ...