La Nina, Salmon and Your Lawn

On August 20th the Los Angeles Times published “The Dry Garden: More drought ahead?”  raising the questions: “Keep lawn? Get rid of lawn? Water more? Conserve? The most forward-thinking act is to landscape in a way that acknowledges the climate and does not take 40% of L.A.’s potable water and put it on lawn.”

This article is more than a drought warning  – it explains about La Nina and it’s affect on salmon fisheries:   “Should we have lawn at the expense of those fisheries? Whether we are aware of it or not, every time our sprinklers turn on, we are choosing lawn.”

spawning-atlantic-salmon

“For those interested in adapting their gardens to a drier, more socially responsible model, here is a list of events designed to help, sponsored by organizations dedicated to conservation of the West.

Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24: Four-part course. Replace your lawn, Tree of Life, San Juan Capistrano

Sept. 4: Native plant clinic, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, Claremont

Sept. 9: Firescaping with native plants, The Water Conservation Garden, Cuyamaca College, El Cajon

Sept. 11: Design fundamentals with Bob Perry, Theodore Payne Foundation, Sun Valley

Sept. 18, Oct. 2 and 23: Three-part series. Native plant garden design class, Theodore Payne Foundation, Sun Valley

Sept. 18, Native plant horticulture with Lili Singer, Theodore Payne Foundation, Sun Valley

Sept. 23-26: Gardening under Mediterranean Skies, Pacific Horticulture Symposium, Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, Arcadia

Sept. 25: Toss the turf, The Water Conservation Garden, Cuyamaca College, El Cajon”

Text by Deni Mosser

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