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The Top 3 Gardening Trends in Orange County

As I stroll through various Orange County gneighborhoods and attend various gardening events throughout Orange County, I noticed a trend…lawns look different today than they did a mere 5 years ago!

As people are proudly displaying their yard signs, I took note of 3 current trends flourishing in Orange County.

  • Trend #1: The classical front yard with an even coat of green grass is beginning to turn brown throughout yards in Orange County.
    A few years ago, various homeowners would turn in disgust at the sight of a brown lawn. Today, that is beginning to become the norm as people take the first steps in the transition to a California Friendly landscape!  I chatted with a gneighbor at the Irvine Drought Survival expo this month, and she told me that she was the first on her block to let her lawn go brown a few years ago. She told me, “After Governor Brown’s announcement to cut back water, everyone on my block started letting their lawn turn brown.”’
lawn browning

Art from Tustin letting his lawn go brown

  • Trend #2: Gneighbors are increasingly wanting to save water in the yard. Their main hurdle? Getting the grass out, which takes time and money!
    Turning your lawn into a water saving paradise takes time and money–but only in the beginning. As your yard transforms into a water-saving machine, your investment will quickly pay back both aesthetically and in your water bills. For gneighbors who still want to save water but are having trouble parting with their yards, Michele from Aliso Viejo offers this tip: “Let it GROW! Longer grass shades the roots and prevents evaporation.”

Sherry from Costa Mesa. Action taken: Removed turf grass and replaced it with California Friendly’s

  • Trend #3: Orange County gneighbors are realizing that a California Friendly yard frees up time and creates enjoyment.
    I encountered Jan Shomaker, a realtor from Mission Viejo whose passion for water savings is woven throughout her front and back yards. To maintain her California Friendly yard, Jan told me, “My husband and I put in 15 minutes a week.” As an added bonus, her self-sustaining yard attracts honeybees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. She said, “My yard is bringing back nature.”

Christine from Huntington Beach and her beautiful California Friendly’s

Gneighbors, I encourage you to be visible in your actions to save water in your lawn. Thank you to all my gneighbors who have proudly displayed their yard signs in their homes and submitted photos! (Don’t have one yet? Get yours today!) This movement is shaping up into something beautiful as Orange County continues to be a water-saving leader in California.

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  1. Jane DeLorenzo Says:

    September 25th, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Could you please tell me the name of the beautiful red-flowering plant in the photo of Christine’s garden in Huntington Beach? It’s so pretty!

  2. Gnorman the Gnome Says:

    September 25th, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Hello gneighbor Jane,

    The red flower you speak of is called kangaroo paw. Christine told me the hummingbirds love it!