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Getting to know succulents

TEMECULA – Succulents can be just what indoor or outdoor gardens need. Even though succulents are becoming more popular, there are still some people who are unaware of their... — Updated 4/20/2018

 By Joe Naiman    Lifestyles

Lake Skinner pipelines among MWD planned upgrades

Pipelines at Lake Skinner are among those slated by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California for cathodic protection upgrades. An April 10 action by the MWD board appropriated $800,000 and authorized the design of cat... — Updated 4/19/2018


Prepare garden beds for spring and beyond

TEMECULA -- Gardening enthusiasts may have been thinking about their landscape plans throughout the winter, eager to once again get their hands dirty with soil. Whether a home... — Updated 4/15/2018


Experiment with growing vegetables indoors

TEMECULA – Foodies find it hard to beat vine-ripened tomatoes plucked right out of a garden. Other vegetables, such as fresh lettuce for a small lunch salad or a handful of fresh... — Updated 4/12/2018


Ergonomic gardening techniques can make gardening less taxing

TEMECULA – Gardening is a popular activity that seems to be gaining even more supporters. Statistica said that the number of people who gardened within the last 12 months in the... — Updated 4/12/2018


Get educated on swimming pool safety

As the lovely sunlit days of spring in Southern California give way to the stifling heat of summer, a sparkling swimming pool becomes a draw for people of all ages. Warm afternoons... — Updated 4/7/2018


Learn to read a nursery plant tag

TEMECULA - Shopping for new plants for a home can be an exciting undertaking. Nurseries and garden centers are often home to dozens of types of plant species that come in various... — Updated 4/6/2018


Lake Elsinore opens first community garden

LAKE ELSINORE – Seeds are sown, herbs are sprouting and vegetables and fruits are primed to spring forth in Lake Elsinore's first city-sanctioned community garden which is now... — Updated 4/5/2018


Banish mosquitoes from the yard

TEMECULA – Time spent in the backyard on spring and summer afternoons and evenings contributes heavily to the popularity of these times of year. Many homeowners go to great lengths to make their outdoor living spaces as... — Updated 4/4/2018


Have fun hunting for 'Fat Plants'

Are you engaged in the wonderful world of plants and flowers? Have you got the itch to go beyond and get interested in unique, unusual looking plants and perhaps start a collection... — Updated 3/31/2018


Menifee property owners required to remove weeds, excess vegetation posing fire risk

MENIFEE – In preparation for fire season, the city of Menifee is asking property owners, especially those of vacant lots, to remove wild brush, weeds and any junk, trash or debris located on the property. The process of... — Updated 3/31/2018


The rain is here; be sure to mosquito-proof all rain barrels

The winter rains have finally arrived and rain barrels are filling up. But residents need to be sure their rain barrels are safe and won't turn into a mosquito factory once the weat... — Updated 3/30/2018

 By Kim Harris    Lifestyles

Adventures in gardening; 'Death Stalk' continues to loom large in the yard

Many readers emailed me regarding the death stalk growing out of the blue agave in my front yard, some offering tips, others offering advice and some just wondering what we decided... — Updated 3/26/2018


EVMWD honors student artists at annual water conservation art contest

LAKE ELSINORE – More than 2,700 elementary students from 16 local schools participated in Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District's annual "Water is Life, Use it Wisely" poster... — Updated 3/26/2018


Home restoration expert Paul Davis provides spring storm safety tips to help prevent property damage

HERMOSA BEACH – Spring is here, March 20, and the season can bring severe weather, causing serious damage with dangerous conditions from hail to high winds, from flooding to tornadoes and the potential for storms that cause... — Updated 3/24/2018


Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District will 'Splash into Spring'

LAKE ELSINORE – The community is invited to join Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District for the annual Community Water Festival 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at its... — Updated 3/23/2018


Western Municipal Water District's recycled pipeline project provides a local, reliable water source

RIVERSIDE – Western Municipal Water District's board of directors, staff and regional partners celebrated the Meridian Recycled Water Pipeline project, honoring the district's... — Updated 3/18/2018


California's desert agriculture is hot stuff

CALIFORNIA – Stretching from the Death Valley to Calexico, California’s vast dry desert is home to a unique and important agricultural industry. It’s a place where summertime temperatures often top the 115-degree mark. Where... — Updated 3/16/2018

 By Alex Groves    Lifestyles

Area residents learn all about composting during informational class

Visitors to the Rancho California Water District Saturday, March 10, got a crash course in how to utilize items they might normally throw away for a backyard compost pile that... — Updated 3/15/2018


March rose care FUNdamentals: Prepare for spring

Location. Location. Location. Depending on location – or more specifically, that of the garden – home gardeners may have experienced frost damage to their roses and tender... — Updated 3/14/2018


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