Craving Gray on a Sunny Day

USGBC Green Home Guide. August 17, 2011. By Cassy Aoyagi: Earlier in the year, we looked at the benefits of putting our limited rainwater to good use with water catchment and infiltration strategies. Now that LA’s picture-perfect weather makes it tough to keep our gardens picture-perfect without irrigation, our teams field plenty of questions about graywater..

Unlike the other water harvesting strategies we’ve covered, graywater is always “re-watering” with already used water.

10 Ways to Keep Mosquitos Out of Your Yard

iVillage. By Sadia Latifi: Thanks to warmer than usual winter and spring weather, mosquito outbreaks are expected to be pretty bad this summer. We asked experts for their go-to tips to keep you bite-free

Plant foliage native to your region, says Cassy Aoyagi, president of FormLA Landscaping. Mosquitos and other pests are often attracted to environments created when non-native plants require the use of excessive water and fertilizers. “We can also import mosquitos from other areas when we import their habitats,” she said.

Grass Begone!

Arroyo Magazine. January 25, 2013. By Bettijane Levine: Grass is good. But could gravel be better? That was the question for Jeanie and Terry Kay, whose charming country French chateau straddles a small rise on a street of custom homes in La Cañada Flintridge.

Their white brick mini-villa — with its tall welcoming windows and elegant sheltered door — looks like it might be a centuries-old transplant from some nobleman’s estate in Southern France.