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Autumn brings abundance and beauty. This year, it’s also likely to bring more rain than we’ve seen in a while! Rainfall in L.A.’s drought presents some unique opportunities and risks.
While we may not be able to capture enough rain as a community, we can keep rainwater on our own properties with rainbarrels and cisterns. We can prevent runoff from overwhelming our infrastructure through infiltration. We can help ensure it supports struggling trees.
Erosion and slides can be expected, but steeply beautiful slope retention is possible.
We hope the tips that follow help you stay save and make the most of this special season!
Cassy and Kirk Aoyagi
Save Your Slopes
Tips: We’ve seen fire and we’ve seen rain, and we can expect a slide or two. See beautifully retained slopes and pin slope saving plants to keep the land you love in place. View Gallery
Save Water: Is Native Enough?
Tips: Planting a California native plant palette is one of the best things we can do for Los Angeles, but it’s only one piece of the puzzle. What else do water wise natives need to thive? Find Out
Save L.A.’s Tree Canopy
Tips: Not watering our parkways has taken a toll on our trees. Even if trees are not desiccated, they may be too weak to fight disease. Use these 7 steps to fight for L.A.’s tree canopy. Read More
Autumn is the best time to plant, establish, and enjoy native gardens and the season of the Theodore Payne Foundation Fall Sale.
It is also important to take these maintenance steps:
Keep Thriving Gardens Structured:
- Prune conifers and other deciduous trees
- Deep-feed citrus trees
- Structure natives for December growth spurts
- Divide native grasses
- Plant native fill ins
Protect Homes, Maintain Outdoor Water Systems:
- Turn down irrigation controllers
- Adjust irrigation and lighting timers November 1
- Change controller, valve and sensor batteries
- Install and test rain sensors
- Clean gutters and checking water ways
Save Your Slopes
Save More Water
Save Our Trees
Drought Maintenance Workshop
Native Installation Workshop
Maintain Water Systems
Authentic Plant Palettes
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