Keep it real
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