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EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT – JOIN NEW PLANTING EFFORTS FOR FIRE RECOVERY

by David Goldstein Come take a walk on the wild side if you are tired of paring back your home’s landscaping in response to watering restrictions and fire dangers, and you just want to plant big, beautiful expanses you can visit in years to come. On the wild side of the urban/wildland interface, conservationists are…

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EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT | BATTLE OF THE WATER CONSERVATION AND WASTE REDUCTION METHODS

EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT | BATTLE OF THE WATER CONSERVATION AND WASTE REDUCTION METHODS by David Goldstein Most methods of reducing waste and conserving water complement each other, but sometimes, there can be only one. WOODY MULCH VS. FINE COMPOST AS A TOP DRESSING Mulch is a material applied to the garden surface, and compost…

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Some turf options withstand droughts better

July 9, 2022 By David Goldstein It’s fairly clear by now that Americans living in arid regions have not adequately planned for water shortages. In the current drought, local governments and water purveyors in the local region have responded with a new set of measures, including restrictions on outdoor watering. In areas with the hottest…

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EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT | ALTERNATIVES, INCENTIVES AND PROSPECTS FOR LAWN SURVIVAL

July 6, 2022 by David Goldstein Last week, on a nationally televised show, news-based comedian John Oliver criticized a local response to drought. Oliver’s diatribe, viewed on YouTube over 2,760,000 times as of last Tuesday, called study of a suggestion to tow an “iceberg in a diaper” to Ventura County “monumentally stupid” and an example…

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GREYWATER: THE GREEN WAY TO WATER EVERY DAY

Greywater: The green way to water every day EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT David Goldstein One by one, local cities have restricted outdoor watering to one day per week. Even cities not receiving water from the Metropolitan Water District are considering similar limitations. Regardless of the restrictions, there is a way to water every day; it’s…

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EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT | CONDITIONS FOR WATER CONDITIONING WHEN SOFTENERS ARE HARD ON THE ENVIRONMENT

EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT | CONDITIONS FOR WATER CONDITIONING WHEN SOFTENERS ARE HARD ON THE ENVIRONMENT 6/1/2022 by David Goldstein Nearly everyone in Ventura County subscribes to trash collection service, requiring three separate trucks to stop at their house each week, but thousands of people also subscribe to another environmental service requiring an additional truck.…

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EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT | GREYWATER: THE GREEN WAY TO WATER EVERY DAY

EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT | GREYWATER: THE GREEN WAY TO WATER EVERY DAY by David Goldstein Local cities from Simi Valley to Oxnard have restricted outdoor watering to one day per week, and even areas not receiving water from the Metropolitan Water District are considering similar limitations. Regardless of these restrictions, there is a green…

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EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT | FOR ARBOR DAY’S 150TH ANNIVERSARY, VISIT A LOCAL BOTANIC GARDEN

EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT | FOR ARBOR DAY’S 150TH ANNIVERSARY, VISIT A LOCAL BOTANIC GARDEN by David Goldstein The 150th annual National Arbor Day is April 29, 2022. This holiday is nationally celebrated on the last Friday in April, but some states observe Arbor Day on different dates based on optimal tree planting times or…

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EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT | COMMUNITY CLEAN UP HAS COME A LONG WAY

EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT | COMMUNITY CLEAN UP HAS COME A LONG WAY by David Goldstein Until the 1950s, disposing waste was often a community affair in Ventura County. Neighbors hauled each other’s discards, caravanned or met up at local dumps, sometimes returning home with more material scavenged than disposed. Some of these sites, such…