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September 2, 1990 | ROBERT SMAUS
In front of a house on a Montecito hill, the undulating landscape of perennial grasses, as pretty as any lawn, is designed to survive whatever tough watering laws come along. All the plants here are drought-resistant and irrigated by a maze of drip tubing that puts water precisely at their bases instead of throwing most of it to the wind. Created by Santa Barbara landscape architect Joan F.
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August 26, 1990 | ROBERT SMAUS, ROBERT SMAUS, TIMES GARDEN EDITOR
Some of the new ways of using water in the garden are more proven than others. New ideas on how to prepare the soil before planting and new soil additives promise water savings but aren't completely proved, although some of the new additives, polymers dubbed "super sponges," look very promising. Caltrans, for one, is giving them a try, but as one engineer put it, "the results are impressive but not conclusive."
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