Low-water garden plants an option in drought-heavy areas

Low-water garden plants an option in drought-heavy areas

FALLBROOK – Coping with drought is a way of life for many people across North America. The National Climatic Data Center, a part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), works cooperatively with Canada and Mexico to monitor climate and drought conditions across the continent. According to the NOAA, the globally-averaged temperature for 2013 […]

Landscape renovation includes custom shed

Like many homeowners in the Fallbrook area, John and Jan Genduso decided to take out the front and back lawns at their home in the Red Mountain area, a few years ago. They then installed a low maintenance drought tolerant landscape with a drip irrigation system. The Genduso’s used California native plants plus other drought […]

How to find the right replacement windows

How to find the right replacement windows

FALLBROOK – Replacing old windows is often a worthwhile investment for homeowners. Energy-efficient windows can prevent heating and cooling loss and keep homes more comfortable throughout the year. Such windows also can improve a home’s resale value, proving a good return on investment for homeowners who want to upgrade their homes before putting them on […]

Bird club presents round table discussion, makes bird toys

VISTA – North County Aviculturists, a club for pet bird owners and breeders, is inviting the community to come to a round table discussion 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2 and share their bird best practices and see how other aviculturists are taking care of problems. Also, the club will provide parts to make three bird […]

Map shows disaster risks by location

Yvette Urrea Moe County of San Diego Communications Office Is there an earthquake fault near your home, your workplace or your child’s school? Or perhaps you live or work in a floodplain, high-risk wildfire area or a tsunami inundation zone. If so, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk in some cases, […]

Rooms can serve double duty

Rooms can serve double duty

FALLBROOK – Many homes do not have space for guest rooms, children’s play areas and home theater lounges that are possible in homes with substantial square footage. But they may not be missing out at all. While large homes remain popular, many people are embracing the benefits of smaller residences. Small homes help homeowners save […]

County releases draft Climate Action Plan for public comment

County News Center County of San Diego Communications Office The County of San Diego recently released a draft Climate Action Plan for a 45-day public comment period scheduled to end Sept. 25. The draft plan is designed to cut greenhouse gases in the County’s unincorporated communities as well as those related to County government operations. […]

Rise in strikes to underground utilities prompts SDG&E’s reminder: ‘call 8-1-1 before you dig’

SAN DIEGO – An increase in the number of incidents where natural gas lines are damaged by third-party contractors or residents prompted San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) on Aug. 11 to remind customers about the importance of calling 8-1-1 before digging underground. The frequency of strikes on gas lines has more than doubled since 2010, with […]

Dragon fruit grows well in SoCal

Dragon fruit grows well in SoCal

Local farmer Gray Martin wants area farmers to know that there is a good alternative to growing avocados besides wine grapes – dragon fruit. Martin has been experimenting with dragon fruit varieties for about 20 years. They require one-third the water that avocado trees do, and the same kind of temperatures. “Wherever avocados will grow, […]