FormLA Newsletter  


As we drive by the highway signage encouraging water savings through our drought, we inevitably thank you for your early interest and support in protecting Los Angeles. Your lush gardens do more to dispel the myths about drought tolerant landscaping than all of the presentations and articles we produce each year. Thank you for your vision, commitment and support!

Cassy and Kirk Aoyagi


Resistance Is Utile
Dwell Special Issue: Among Dwell’s 172 ideas for today’s open spaces, you’ll find tips on drought tolerant landscaping from Cassy Aoyagi and other experts on stands through September. Read More
Crush LA Landscaping Myths
Tips: Dwell Senior Editor Will Lamb and Cassy Aoyagi crush myths about drought tolerant landscaping in LA, from concerns about aesthetics to handling hillsides.View Interview
Get Glorified
Wet-to-Dry: A few different types of Morning Glory glorify our gardens and trails in Southern California. Some deserve the acclaim for their slope retaining prowess. Others grab the spotlight and run, wrecking havoc along the way. Read More


FormLA makes it a top priority to adjust controllers to meet or exceed water restrictions. If there are any signs of leaking or water that is being used inefficiently, please notify us immediately. If you are ready to relinquish your lawn, that is the best way to reduce major gallons to have an immediate impact!

Get Ready for Growth:

  • Ensure natives are not being overwatered – they love this heat!
  • Remove volunteers, invasive plants and infectious material to reduce plants and disease
  • Rinse foliage to keep it lovely and improve transpiration in high heat
  • Prune oak trees to maintain form and shade
  • Mulch to refresh garden beds and retain water
  • Clip the prettiest cut flowers and foliage for indoor bouquets
  • Set the stage with extra lighting, heating and container gardens at party time!

Protecting Garden Beauty from Drought:

  • Eliminate run-off, overspray and leaks
  • Water by hand where necessary
  • Give mature trees a deep soak once a month



Resistance is Utile
Crush LA Landscaping Myths
Get Glorified


Get Ready for Growth
Protecting Garden Beauty from Drought


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