If you're reading this, you're probably WEIRD. That is, you probably live in a society that's Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic. People from WEIRD cultures think and perceive the world very differently from everyone else.
Even in the summer, weekends are still weekends, which means they're reserved for fun. Whether you're planning on spending the day lounging outdoors, enjoying time with the family, or improving your space, spend this weekend living it up with these fun ideas.
Big expanses of solid paving just don't make sense in the dry West. They allow rainwater to run off down streets and into gutters and beyond. A better choice is porous paving, which allows water to pass through it to plant roots.
If you live in the drought-ravaged West and are looking to replace your lawn with a less thirsty grass, here's one option -- Eco-Lawn. A mixture of deep-rooted fescues, it makes a resilient ground cover that's as lively looking as a wind-whipped sea.
Nowadays, there truly seems to be an app for everything. Whether it's having your dinner delivered straight to your door with a push of a button or scheduling the nearest personal trainer to come to your house for your leg day workout, the mobile space doesn't cease to impress.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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."