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This blog is a pioneering resource for drought tolerant smart California Gardens.  Preservation of the spirit of California and xeriscape creates a visually attractive landscape that uses plants selected for their water efficiency. Properly installed and maintained, a xeriscape can use less than one-half the water of a traditional landscape and require less maintenance than turf landscapes.


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Fresh Rain Water Capture in California

To collect rain water, you need to select rain barrels made for rain capture. http://americanwest.biz/california/raincapture.php Should be easy to install with a modular design to expand capacity by simply linking multiple barrels Barrels should installed at least 6 inches above ground for gravity discharge or to allow filling a bucket Barrels stand can be made …

Water Capture Rain Barrels

A rain barrel is used by a homeowner to collect and store rainwater from the roof of a home. The water harvested is soft, fresh water that can be used for a variety of purposes, including lawn and garden watering. http://enviroworld.ca/environmental-products/freegarden-rain