Brown is the New Green

Water-wise landscaping in the North Bay.

Brown Joe Paternoster May2015Several years ago, driving by a brown, dried-up lawn in a residential neighborhood’s sea of green would have produced raised eyebrows and an air of indignation at the audacity of “bringing down the neighborhood.” Now, with California entering its fourth year of drought, that same resentful attitude is reserved for the lush green lawns with sprinklers spewing water (that tends to gush down sidewalks and streets). In many areas, the traditional sea of green has been replaced by a rainbow of native plants, artistically clustered together amid innovative walkways and hardscapes. While brown isn’t really the new green (nobody wants to look at a dead lawn), the once-ubiquitous green lawn has nevertheless been replaced by water efficient, climate appropriate, and native species landscaping as the go-to choice by landscapers homeowners, and commercial properties alike…

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Native Plant Establishment in the Late Summer

A variety of Oak trees planted in August 2009 at one-foot tall, stand between 10’ and 20’ tall. This study focuses on the success of planting in late summer providing ample moisture with TRWG-Z until the rainy season. This regimen provides a period for root growth and carbohydrate reserves so plants can survive through the following growing season.

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