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Dealing with drought: Moisture Manager boosts conservation

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The front yard of a Fairway Lawn Service customer on Chamisal Avenue in Los Altos remains green after using Moisture Manager.

With no end in sight to the California drought, Fairway Lawn Service owner Max Todd feared last fall that many of his customers would forgo their seasonal lawn aeration service.

“When it was time to begin our fall service, we were concerned because there had been no rain for months, and many water districts had asked residents to cut back on outdoor watering,” said Todd, a Los Altos native. “We wondered: What if many of our customers had cut back watering to the point that their lawns had died – what are we going to do then?”

What's the buzz on bee gardens?

Tanya Kucak/Town Crier
Bees sip nectar and collect blue-colored pollen from Tansy Phacelia a native annual typically grown from seed. As many as 21 bee species have been observed in a Phacelia patch.

The next time you’re in a native garden, notice what catches your attention. Is it colors and shapes, or is it the movement among the plants?

California's salvias attract pollinators, offer fragrant leaves

Tanya Kucak/ Special to the Town Crier
The intoxicating aroma of Cleveland sage leaves entices gardeners to plant it next to paths, where they can regularly brush past it. Bees and other pollinators enjoy its purple-blue flowers, arranged in verticillasters along an interrupted spike.

The words of entertainers Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin come to mind when I think of California’s native sages: There are not many, “but what’s there is cherce.”

Curb energy loss with smart home renovation investments

While homeowners may not immediately think of their attic as a major source of energy loss, the reality is that as much as 25 percent of the energy lost in the average American home occurs there.

Small home-improvement projects can yield big rewards

First impressions count. The curb appeal of a home can make all the difference in the world on whether a prospective buyer might consider entering that home or not.

All in the family: Los Altos Hills couple updates ranch-style gem

The phrase “all in the family” applies to the Los Altos Hills home lovingly renovated by Ava and Alan Eagle.

Your Home Brief

Filoli hosts bird exhibition

Filoli kicks off the 2015 season of art exhibitions in its Visitor and Education Center with “The Birds of America: Audubon Collection,” a selection of prints from Filoli’s Permanent Collection, Feb. 10 through March 22.

The original illustrations featured in the historical set are the work of John James Audubon, the American naturalist and painter, who completed them in 1827 through 1838.

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