Ed Begley house

Upgrading Lawns to Drought Tolerant Landscapes

As you know, with the epic drought in California raging- conserving water is a huge priority. Not only has the state mandated a 25% reduction in water usage but is also paying residents to take out their front lawns.

The end of yards, then? Yet, there are many simple steps residents (and not only in California) can take to have sustainable + beautiful yards- celebrities like Ed Begley Jr. are leading the charge.


Some of the steps he has taken:

Ed Begley house
The backyard of Ed Begley, Jr’s new LEED Platinum Certified home in Studio City, CA. (Ed Begley, Jr.)

-Ripping out the grass lawn: replacing grass w/ pavers, rocks, and drought-tolerant shrubs (ceanothus, lavender, sage)

-Installing rainwater tanks- and using that to water vegetable garden built on efficient raised beds

-Filtering greywater through mulch beds to water drought friendly trees (oak, apple, plum, olive)

Anyway, thought these tips made the case to move away from water guzzling grass lawns to sustainable and beautiful drought resistant landscapes.

Written by greenlivingguy

The Green Living Guy, Seth Leitman is a green living expert, celebrity and Editor of the McGraw-Hill, TAB Green Guru Guides. Seth is also an Author, Radio Host, Reporter, Writer and a Environmental Consultant on green living. The Green Living Guy writes about green living, green lighting, the green guru guides and more. Seth's books range from: # Build Your Own Electric Vehicle by Bob Brant and Seth Leitman (2nd and 3rd editions) # Build Your Own Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle by Seth Leitman # Build Your Own Electric Motorcycle by Carl Vogel # Green Lighting by Seth Leitman, Brian Clark Howard and Bill Brinsky # Solar Power For Your Home by David Findley # Renewable Energies For Your Home by Russel Gehrke # Do-it-Yourself Home Energy Audits by David Findley # Build Your Own Small Wind Power System by Brian Clark Howard and Kevin Shea # and more green living books to follow.

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