• Mojave Desert Seed Bank launches membership program

    The Mojave Desert Seed Bank has come a long way since the first fishhook cactus seeds
    were collected from one of MDLT’s protected properties 18 months ago. Now with over 320 collections, the seed bank has launched a membership program. Founding members, including outdoor champions Patagonia and renowned naturalist Robin Kobaly, were honored on Sunday.

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  • Veggies to plant in the low desert

    Urban Farm in Phoenix, Ariz., a program that offers instructions on growing your own healthy food, offers a Low Desert Planting and Harvesting Schedule. The plan was introduced to Coachella Valley gardeners in a September Water Wise Conservation Event led by Don Ackley and hosted by the Coachella Valley Water District. Here are some vegetables […]

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  • What to do in your garden in October

    Temperatures in the valley leave the three-digit range, for the most part this month. October is one of the best months to work in the garden. Plants are perking up as we hit the most important planting season of the year, which reaches a peak by Oct. 15. By then winter and spring annual color […]

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  • How to overseed without wasting water

    You can save water and possibly money by skipping overseeding your lawn. Bermuda grass will stay alive in a dormant condition throughout the winter with occasional watering, according to gardening advice from the Coachella Valley Water District. If you do overseed, CVWD offers steps on how you can save money this fall. Don’t over seed […]

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  • CVWD Water Awareness Tour

    How to sign up for popular CVWD tours

    Two tours offered by the Coachella Valley Water District in the fall have become so popular pre-registration is necessary. Read more about attending the Colorado River & Canal Tour and the Water Awareness Tour.

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  • Condo complex slashes water bills after removing grass

    Increasing water rates led a Palm Desert condominium complex to tear out 16,000
    square feet of street-side grass and replace it with desert-friendly plants, a new
    irrigation system and lighting.

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    Senior National Parks pass price to jump from $10 to $80

    The Senior Pass that allows lifetime access to more than 2,000 federal sites and parks throughout the country, including Joshua Tree National Park, will increase from $10 to $80 on Aug. 28, 2017.

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  • Maintenance by the Month: August

    August will be a lot like July – the Coachella Valley’s hottest month – except it’s the height of the desert’s muggy season.  Unlike temperatures that typically vary between night and day, humidity remains more constant. A muggy day is usually followed by a muggy night. It may or may not rain. Even though you […]

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  • CWVD increases incentives to remove your grass

    The Coachella Valley Water District has doubled its incentive to convert turf areas to desert friendly landscaping.

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  • Desert landscape conversion

    Cathedral City couple wins conservation award

    The Sanchez’s replaced 1,800 square feet of grass with rock and water-efficient plants in the front yard and enclosed patio of their 29-year- old home.

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