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Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “Don’t grav­elscape L.A.,” Opin­ion, June 14

Iapplaud Mia Lehrer, Claire Latane and Mar­got Ja­cobs for their ad­vice about plant­ing drought-tol­er­ant gar­dens. Im­por­tantly, they cor­rectly dis­miss the idea of re­plac­ing our brown lawns with gravel or syn­thetic turf.

Af­ter 42 years in the land­scape con­tract­ing busi­ness, I could not agree more. We need trees and plants to beau­tify our homes and pro­mote the pro­duc­tion of oxy­gen and shade. Al­ter­na­tives such as syn­thetic turf and gravel do nei­ther. Both of these el­e­ments pro­duce heat and there­fore dam­age the en­vi­ron­ment and make Los An­ge­les hot­ter, not to men­tion less at­trac­tive.

To­day, with the In­ter­net it is easy to look up trees and plants that are less wa­ter in­ten­sive. For that mat­ter, it’s also a good idea to con­sult a pro­fes­sional or your lo­cal nurs­ery for as­sis­tance.

The Times should con­tinue to pub­lish ar­ti­cles that will point our city and its in­hab­i­tants in the right di­rec­tion. Our abil­ity to re­main a par­adise de­pends on it.

Daryl Hosta, West­lake Vil­lage

Wes Bau­smith Los An­ge­les Times

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