“After the Lawn” Part 4: Killing grass

Posted on | March 10, 2015 | 2 Comments

Putting lawn in is a lot harder than taking it out. To find out how to dispatch it, click on the image to be taken to Part 4 of the KCET series "After the Lawn."

Putting lawn in is a lot easier than taking it out. To learn how to dispatch it, click on the image to be taken to Part 4 of the KCET series “After the Lawn.”

“After the Lawn” Part 3: Turf dormancy

Posted on | March 3, 2015 | No Comments

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Turf’s ability to become seasonally dormant offers Californians the opportunity to redirect lawn irrigation to trees during drought. The lawn will bounce back if given minimal water. The trees won’t. To read about how to use seasonal dormancy in turf to save water, click on the image to be taken to Part 3 of the KCET series “After the Lawn.”

 

 

Bob, Ted, Leavenworth and Bavaria

Posted on | February 25, 2015 | 1 Comment

bobtedmountiansIn 1960 Bob Rodgers and Ted Price opened a Bavarian-themed cafe in the depressed logging town of Leavenworth in central Washington. A decade later, residents were dancing around maypoles. Prompted by Rodgers and Price, Leavenworth became an Alpine-style resort so popular that it received an “All America City” award and was featured in Look magazine. Yesterday Rodgers’ niece, Arlene Collins, phoned to say that Price died on February 19th in Vancouver, Washington. Her uncle had died “just about exactly a year earlier.” So, if heaven exists, it’s a safe guess that it’s about to be redecorated. Here’s to the men who once wrote me a tongue-in-cheek note that began, “Thank you for outing us on the front page of the Los Angeles Times.” And here is the 2003 LAT piece that prompted the note from the World War II veterans who braved American lumberjack country and decided that a good new look would be lederhosen. Photo: Rodgers and Price/Leavenworthhistory.com

“After the Lawn” Part 2: Draw before you dig

Posted on | February 24, 2015 | No Comments

Part 2 of the KCET series "After the lawn" walks through the choices of where to start removing lawn. Click on the turf map to be taken to KCET.

Part 2 of the KCET series “After the lawn” walks through how to plan for lawn removal. Click on the turf map to be taken to KCET.

‘After the lawn’ launches at KCET

Posted on | February 20, 2015 | No Comments

Robert Perry. Photo: Emily Green

“We’re just in this messy transition,” says landscape architect Robert Perry of the wave of gravel and cactus rebate gardens sweeping Southern California. To read more, click on the image to go to KCET’s new series on the many faces of landscape reform.

 

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