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WATER CONSERVATION GARDEN WINS NATIONAL AWARD FOR PROGRAM EXCELLENCE

 

July 1, 2015 (Rancho San Diego) – The American Public Gardens Association (APGA) this week announced the winners of its 2015 member awards. Now in its 39th year, the APGA awards honor the professional horticulture industry's most influential and pioneering individuals and organizations.

WATER CONSERVATION GARDEN OPENS EAST COUNTY ROTARIAN'S NATIVE HABITAT GARDEN

 

East County News Service

June 28, 2015 (Rancho San Diego) – The Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 12th to mark the opening of its newest exhibit, a 400-square foot Native Habitat Garden at the six-acre venue.  Honored guests included San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob and Louise Andres, Rotary International Governor, District 5340.  The Habitat Garden, underwritten by several east San Diego County Rotary clubs, will demonstrate ecology landscaping, a growing gardening movement that emphasizes native plants grown in their natural associations, creating optimal habitat for birds, butterflies, and other beneficial wildlife. The exhibit will also demonstrate best practices for water-wise design, storm water pollution prevention, on-site water reclamation, and gray water systems.

ARCHITECTURAL RESPONSES TO CALIFORNIA'S DROUGHT

 

Originally Published on the ECOreport

By Roy L Hales

June 23, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - There was a new source of inspiration at the 45th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards. Some of the winners were architectural responses to California’s drought.

GREEN YOUR HOME AND GARDEN

 

By Mary Bradford

June 8, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--It was right after buying a new “fixer-upper” home that I realized a few things; I had an immense project on my hands, one that would include a great deal of buying, reusing, and inevitably discarding, because there were a number of details that prevented the new place from feeling like home. The other thing I realized was that trends were changing in the home-design industry, and that a bigger focus than ever was being put onto products that were energy efficient, environmentally conscious, and made with an intent focused on more than just aesthetics.

SPLISH AND SPLASH YOUR WAY TO COOL ENERGY SAVINGS

 

 

East County News Service

June 7, 2015 (San Diego's East County) -- Summertime is almost here--time to dive in and cool off. But maintaining a pool  and air conditionoing can be costly. SDG&E has provided some tips for saving energy and money on your swimming pool and air conditioning systems.

DEFENSIBLE SPACE IN THE DROUGHT

East County News Service

May 28, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Creating defensible space around your home is more important than ever amid the drought.  But that doesn’t mean hacking down landscaping to bare earth.  Now Cal-Fire has posted information on plants that are fire resistant and drought tolerant. These ideal choices not only provide color and beauty with minimal water – they also provide a safe area for firefighters to operate and increase the odds that your home will survive a wildfire.  

For details, click “read more” and scroll down, or visit http://www.ReadyForWildfire.org/landscape_ideas.

FREE PAINT DROP-OFF EVENT ON MAY 9 IN SPRING VALLEY

 

May 2, 2015 (Spring Valley)--PaintCare, a nonprofit that runs the California Paint Stewardship Program on behalf of paint manufacturers, is holding a special event to collect old and leftover paint to make it easier for households and businesses to recycle their unwanted paint. The event will be Saturday, May 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Steele Canyon High School, 12440 Campo Rd., Spring Valley.

SDG&E OFFERS TIPS FOR SAFE PLANTING THIS ARBOR DAY

 

Customers and landscapers are reminded to call 8-1-1 two days before digging

April 24, 2015 (San Diego) – With Arbor Day upon us, San Diego Gas & Electric's (SDG&E) Vegetation Management team is reminding customers and landscapers to plant the “Right Tree in the Right Place” this Arbor Day.

COLLEGE BLOSSOMS WITH SPRING GARDEN FESTIVAL APRIL 25

 

Source: Cuyamaca College

April 15, 2015 (Rancho San Diego)--Like honey bees to a hive, the public swarms Cuyamaca College each year for its immensely popular Spring Garden Festival.  This year, the 22nd annual free event takes place 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 25.

SAVE WATER IN YOUR GARDEN: FREE COMPOSTING CLASS MAY 2

 

By Helen Ofield

April 12, 2015 (Lemon Grove)--You planted green beans, snap peas, tomatoes, chard and zucchini, then stood back and waited for the good times to roll. After the funeral for the first four, you were left with baseball bat size zucchini. You left them on doorsteps at midnight only to be caught in the act by a dozen cell phones ("local weirdo leaves humungous zucchini for helpless neighbors"). The video went viral and you became the laughing stock of Lemon Grove.  But, wait...

Cry on the shoulder of the Lemon Grove Organic Garden Club and the Lemon Grove Historical Society. They're holding a free composting class on May 2 from 1 to 3 p.m. outdoors in Civic Center Park (between Main and Olive Streets) next to the historic H. Lee House, 3205 Olive.  Parking is free, too.

SAGE & SONGBIRDS GARDEN TOUR TAKES WING MAY 1-3

 

April 10, 2015 (Alpine) – The 18th annual Sage & Songbirds Garden Tour on May 1-3 will feature five private home gardens plus a hummingbird haven and a raptor rehabilitation facility for close-up viewing of wildlife.

YOUR GARDEN NEEDS A DOSE OF MEDS : MEDITERRANEAN PLANTS

 

April 6, 2015 (San Diego)--Want a California native garden to save water? Your choice of plants is a lot better than you think, because California plants have friends around the world. There are five regions with a Mediterranean climate including South Africa, a portion of South America, Australia, the Mediterranean and right here in Southern California. Beautiful plants that thrive in these regions can add color, texture and water-wise plantings to your garden, too. 

The County has a new video you can view by clicking the  image above.

FRIENDS OF EAST COUNTY OFFERS "SPECTACULAR" GARDEN TOUR APRIL 25

 

April 5, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--Friends of East County Arts, Inc. presents its 20th Annual Garden Tour on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 9 am to 3 pm.

COUNTY TO AUCTION 324 PROPERTIES MARCH 24

 

March 3, 2015 (San Diego) – San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister has announced that the County will be auctioning off  324 local properties on March 24th.  Registration to bid on these properties is now open.

TOMATOMANIA: MARCH 14 AT WATER CONSERVATION GARDEN

 

February 7, 2015 (Rancho San Diego)—Tomatomania, the world’s largest heirloom tomato seedling sale, is coming to the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College (12122 Cuyamaca College Drive) in the Rancho San Diego neighborhood of El Cajon.  Tomatomania will take place on March 14th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WATER CONSERVATION GARDEN OFFERS GARDEN CLASSES

February 6, 2015 (Rancho San Diego) -- If you're looking for some creative ideas for landscaping your yard, the Water Conesrvation Garden has classes coming up on Hillside Gardening February 7th and Garden Design February 28th.  The Water Conservation Garden is located at Cuyamaca College in the Rancho San Diego area of El Cajon.

Below are details.

2015 HOUSING MARKET FORECAST LOOKS BRIGHT, LOCAL REAL ESTATE EXPERTS SAY

 

Photo caption:

From left to right: Clint Daniels, Carey Guthrie (PSAR president-elect), Bob Olivieri (PSAR 2014 president), Alan Nevin.

Realtors hear 2015 housing forecasts at El Cajon meeting

December 25, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - The Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors (PSAR), a trade group for San Diego-area realtors, recently hosted a program on forecasts for the 2015 local housing market. Speakers at the program, held at the PSAR East County Service Center in El Cajon, included real estate economist Alan Nevin, director of economic and market research at Xpera Group, and Clint Daniels, manager of regional models, San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG).

FORECLOSURES FALL

 

 

East County News Service

December 23, 2014 (San Diego)--Fewer San Diego County residents are losing their homes to foreclosure.  From November of last year to November of this year, the number of foreclosures countywide fell 23 percent, according to CoreLogic DataQuick.

FROM WESTERN FLAIR TO A DAIRY ON LAKESIDE'S HOLIDAY HOME TOUR

 

By Janis Russell

December 12, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--Lakeside Historical Society’s holiday home tour this year included five homes distinctively different homes, all decked out for the holidays.

DETER DEER DAMAGE: EIGHT FACTS TO KNOW ABOUT DEER DURING THE COLD WEATHER SEASON

 

East County News Service

December 7, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--While humans prepare for cold weather, deer have something else in mind when temperatures drop. Cold weather signifies mating season for deer, numerous insurance industry and government studies indicate that during this time, deer become more active, aggressive and a greater threat to humans, pets and suburban landscapes.

HOLIDAY HOME TOUR DEC. 6 IN BORREGO SPRINGS

 

By Kathleen Jorgensen

November 22, 2014 (Borrego Springs) -- Soroptimist International of Borrego Springs will hold its Holiday Home Tour on Saturday, December 6 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.  You will tour five lovely homes in the Borrego Valley, each uniquely adorned for the holidays. From "ultra-modern" to "old school", each home will reflect the distinct decorating style of the homeowner.

LAKESIDE HOLIDAY HOME TOUR DEC. 6

 

December 1, 2014 (Lakeside)--The Lakeside Historical Society will be hosting their annual HOLIDAY HOME TOUR on Saturday, December 6 from 10 a,m to 2 p.m.  Tickets are $15 and can be purchased from the History Center, 9906 Maine Avenue (corner of Parkside) from 10am until 2pm Tuesday through Saturday. They can also be purchased at the homes on the self guided tour.

DREAMING OF HOME OWNERSHIP? HABITAT FOR HUMANITY TO BUILD 6 HOMES IN EL CAJON: LEARN HOW TO APPLY AT NOV. 18 MEETING


November 15, 2014 (El Cajon) - The City of El Cajon is providing financial assistance to help San Diego Habitat for Humanity build six new homes in El Cajon.

ASK THE EXPERTS: NOV. 15 AT WATER CONSERVATION GARDEN

East County News Service

Drought got you down? Need garden tips, conservation insights and ideas for drought-resistant plants to make your fall landscape more beautiful with less water?

Get help at Ask the Experts, an event set for Saturday, November 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College in El Cajon. Presentations and exhibits include a home compost workshop, toss the turf class, life after lawns, horticultural displays, how to hire a landscape contractor and save money, ask the designers, personalized landscape design consultations, free garden tours, and shopping for water-saving plants.

GREEN HOMES TOUR NOV. 9 INCLUDES INNOVATIVE EAST COUNTY RESIDENCES

Photo: This house rocks! Boulder in center of Jamul home absorbs heat by day and gives off warmth by night.

 

East County News Service

November 6, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)—The San Diego Green Building Council will hold its Green Homes Tour this Sunday, November 9th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour features innovative, sustainably designed homes throughout San Diego County.  There is a $5 fee for non-members. Several East County homes are on the tour.

CALVET LAUNCHES VETERAN AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROGRAM AND PARTNERS WITH HOMES FOR FAMILIES

 

October 13, 2014 – Today, the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) launches a new affordble home ownership program, Residential Enriched Neighborhoods (REN), for Veterans and their families through a partnership with Homes for Families. This important new program offers manageable loan payments and enrichment services, with permanent home ownership for California’s Veterans.

MASTER GARDENER REPLACES LAWN WITH WILDLIFE-FRIENDLY PLANTS

 

 

 

September 28, 2014 (San Diego) -- With San Diego knee-deep in a drought, it might be a good idea to ditch that thirsty turf grass in favor of a vibrant, easy-care garden that's also a haven for butterflies and other native species. San Diego County News Service met up with a San Diego Master Gardener who did just that.  Click the video to check out her beautiful yard.

KEEP GROWING WITH SEASON-EXTENDING GARDENING TIPS FOR FALL

 

 

Article courtesy of Bonnie Plants

October 5, 2014 (San Diego's East County)--Warm weather, continued care and robust plants have yielded a bounty of beautiful, fresh vegetables – and personal satisfaction – from your garden this season. As the weather cools and fall approaches, it is not time to hang up your hat, gloves and trowel for the year. Autumn provides optimum weather and ample opportunity to keep growing and harvesting delicious, healthy produce well into the season.

THERE'S A LOT TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A HOME INSPECTOR

 

By Bob Hunt

Originally published in Daniel Guefen’s Real Estate Update for MG Realty/MG Mortgage www.DanielGuefen.com

August 21, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--Many times, in the course of reviewing transaction files, I will read that an agent has recommended to the buyer that he or she should have the home inspected by a licensed home inspector. While one has to appreciate the earnestness of such advice, it is nonetheless at least a trifle amusing. This is because there is no licensing of home inspectors here in California. California is one of 21 states that do not regulate home inspection services via some sort of licensing mechanism.

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