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These 8 winter-blooming plants give bees needed nourishment

By Andony Melathopoulos Photo: Glen Andresen , Bridgetown Bees

“Black-tailed bumblebees are out as early as January,” said Andony Melathopoulos, a bee specialist with Oregon State University Extension Service. “Native bees are just starting and will be seen more often later in February when the wild willow starts blooming.”

06/21/22
                                                               

On a block full of lawns, she ditched grass for a DIY drought-tolerant oasis

By Lisa Boone Photo: Mariah Tauger , Los Angeles Times

During the pandemic, the young-adult author found inspiration on the long walks that she and her husband took in their Burbank neighborhood. It wasn’t the endless series of lush green lawns that moved her, however, but the occasional drought-tolerant landscape that would materialize, sandwiched between the turf.

05/31/22
                                                               

Edible Landscaping Tips for Beginners

By Elizabeth Waddington Photo: Philippe S. Giraud , Getty Images

Edible landscaping, as the name suggests, is all about incorporating food-producing plants into a garden design. Landscaping usually focuses on creating visual appeal. But as you will learn, edible landscaping can be beautiful and useful, too. Blending the practical and the aesthetic is what edible landscaping is all about.

04/29/22
                                                               

Sustainable Fencing Ideas That’ll Make You Want to Ditch Man-Made Fences in Your Garden

By Elizabeth Waddington Photo: Jacky Parker , Getty Images

There is a common saying that good fences make good neighbors. Unfortunately, all too often, fences are things that divide us and diminish the environment, rather than improving things and bringing people together.

12/09/21
                                                               

Meet an Ecologist Who Works for God (and Against Lawns)

By Cara Buckley Photo: Karsten Moran

If Bill Jacobs were a petty man, or a less religious one, he might look through the thicket of flowers, bushes and brambles that encircle his home and see enemies all around. For to the North, and to the South, and to the West and East and all points in between, stretch acres and acres of lawns.

12/03/21
                                                               

The First Thing We Do, Let’s Kill All the Leaf Blowers

By Margaret Renkl Photo: Tom Williams/Roll Call/Getty Images

Into these perfect October afternoons, when light gleams on the red dogwood berries and the blue arrowwood berries and the purple beautyberries; on the last of the many-colored zinnias and the last of the yellow marigolds and the last of the white snakeroot flowers; on the shining hair of babies in strollers and the shining ponytails of young mothers and the tender, shining heads of old men walking dogs — into the midst of all this beauty, the kind of beauty that makes despair seem like only a figment of the midnight imagination, the monsters arrive.

10/25/21
                                                               

California set to become first state to ban gasoline-powered lawn equipment

By Tik Root Photo: Cameron Carnes for The Washington Post

California is set to become the first state in the country to phase out gas-powered lawn equipment. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed a bill Saturday that would require new small off-road engines (SOREs), used primarily for landscaping, to be zero-emission by 2024. The legislation comes with $30 million in funding to help aid the transition.

10/12/21
                                                               

California moves toward ban on gas lawn mowers and leaf blowers

By Phil Willon

The law requires all newly sold small-motor equipment primarily used for landscaping to be zero-emission — essentially to be battery-operated or plug-in — by that target date or as soon as the California Air Resources Board determined it is feasible. New portable gas-powered generators also must be zero-emission by 2028, which also could be delayed at the discretion of the state agency.

10/09/21
                                                               

The human cost of a perfect lawn

By Valeria Paredes

Every year, 80 million pounds of pesticides are used on U.S. lawns to maintain attractive, lush greenery. In many cities across the country, Latinx immigrant workers are the primary labor force responsible for lawn care. These maintenance and landscape workers, or jardineros, bear the brunt of residential pesticide use. The impacts are largely under-examined despite the fact that lawn pesticide use can be up to 10 times more intensive per acre than farms.

09/24/21