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Drought and Dymondia

We're having a drought in California, and if you go up into Monrovia Canyon Park, you will find evidence of it. The stream at the bottom of the park continues to flow, though it is a bit low, but if you take the trail up to White Saddle, all three of the higher streams are bone dry. You can see one of the streams in the top half of the photo.

Anyway, with water conservation in mind, I planted a couple flats of a plant called Dymondia in a corner of our yard a few months ago as an experiment. You can see in the bottom half of the picture that it is starting to grow together. It's a ground cover that  drinks very little water, stays close to the ground, and never needs mowing. We'll see how it works. Dymondia:

- Brad Haugaard

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