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May Tips of the Month

May Tips of the Month

In a single family residence,the clear majority of water being used is in the landscape. Over 50% of our water is being used to irrigate our plants and trees. Now is the time to plan for the summer heat and to be water conscious. Here are our top tips for conserving water usage in your landscaping. #1 Lawn: If you have lawn, keep the grass taller by approximately 2″ to 3” during these hot months. The taller you keep your lawn, the less water will evaporate and it will promote stronger root systems. If you want to conserve water even more, try an alternative...
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Find us at the Inspired Home & Garden Expo – May 6th & 7th

Find us at the Inspired Home & Gard...

  We will be at the Inspired Home & Garden Expo in San Luis Obispo on May 6th & 7th! We will be joining DIY Network Host Sara Bendrick IN PERSON at the Expo. It’s free to attend and if you want to start that landscape project it’s a great place to get started. There will be fun cooking demonstrations and amazing home and garden workshops at the Alex Madonna Expo Center. Let Sara help you get started on your projects for this spring with a fun, hands on terrarium workshop! You won’t want to miss it! Visit @InspiredExpos and InspiredExpos.com for more...
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Is Your Maintenance Gardener Licensed?

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has provided the following leaflet for homeowners to help spread awareness about the maintenance gardener pest control license and requirements. Please click on the leaflet below to read or click HERE to read on the DPR website.  The DPR ensures the safe use of pesticides by requiring maintenance gardeners to have DPR license or certificate if they use any pesticides (including herbicides).  For more information on maintenance gardener pest control:...
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April Tips of the Month

April Tips of the Month

ANNOUNCEMENTS   In the Months of APRIL and MAY we will set aside a few days for aerating and fertilizing your lawn UPON REQUEST.    What is aeration?         Technically speaking, aeration is the naturally occurring process of air exchange between the soil and its surrounding atmosphere.  Practically speaking, aeration is the process of mechanically removing small plugs of thatch and soil from the lawn to improve natural soil aeration.  Why is aeration important?         Foot...
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March Tips of the Month

March Tips of the Month

Welcome Spring!   PLANTING Plant Perennials and Cutting Flowers- Early spring is one of the best times to get perennials started in the garden, such as columbine, correa, lavender, penstemon, phygelius, rosemary, salvia, and yarrow.  It is also time to sow flower seeds such as asters, cosmos, cleomes, lobelias, lunarias, marigolds, nicotianas, sunflowers and zinnias in flats or directly into the garden.  For those eager gardeners, starting March 15th, after “last” frost, you can begin to plan the vegetable gardens.   MAINTENANCE   Spraying –...
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February Tips of the Month

February Tips of the Month

DORMANT SPRAY FRUIT TREES Pests that appear on lush new spring growth are eliminated or greatly reduced by properly applying dormant sprays now.  They effectively kill the over wintering eggs of aphids, mites, most scales, plus many other pests and some plant diseases that are now in their most vulnerable stage. For most fruit trees apply a fixed copper or a lime-sulfur mixed with horticultural oil.  For apricots use only fixed copper.  The lime-sulfur may kill the apricot tree. *Seasonal spraying of trees is not included in our regular maintenance...
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January Tips of the Month

January Tips of the Month

            DORMANT SPRAY FRUIT TREES Pests that appear on lush new spring growth are eliminated or greatly reduced by properly applying dormant sprays now.  They effectively kill the over wintering eggs of aphids, mites, most scales, plus many other pests and some plant diseases that are now in their most vulnerable stage. For most fruit trees apply a fixed copper or a lime-sulfur mixed with horticultural oil.  For apricots use only fixed copper.  The lime-sulfur may kill the apricot tree. *Seasonal spraying of trees is not...
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December Plant of the Month: Grevillea thelemanniana

December Plant of the Month: Grevillea t...

We love this plant, Grevillea thelemanniana, the Spider Net Grevillea, for its blooms that pop up year-round. Since it is a winter bloomer, we especially start to appreciate it in winter when the majority of our garden is devoid of color! Try this Australian native for some color in your own garden this December. This grevillea takes a prostrate form, keeping to 2′ high and quickly spreading to a 5′ span. It is an evergreen shrub with fine, green foliage. Clusters of red, ribbon-like flowers with yellow-tipped shoots grace the shrub in winter and...
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December Tips of the Month

December Tips of the Month

  Save Water During the Winter Months Installing a rain sensor to your existing irrigation controller can reduce your water bill during the rainy season.  The Hunter Mini-Clik Rain Sensor hydrates and dehydrates at the same rate as soil and is adjustable to detect 1/8”-1” of rainfall.  When it rains it will shut your system down temporarily and prevent water waste.  The Hunter sensor is compatible with most controllers and cost range from $200 to $250 installed.  Please call to schedule the installation of this water saving...
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November Tips of the Month

November Tips of the Month

Planting Plant Cool-Season Annuals – Consider adding early blooming annuals such as dianthus, Iceland poppies, pansies, snapdragons, violas and ornamental cabbage.  For shady areas set out cyclamen, and English & fairy primroses. Fall Veggies – It’s a good time to start winter crop vegetable like kale, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, sprouts, lettuce, radishes and any root crops.  Seeds should be started inside to protect the seedlings from frost. Plant Spring Bulbs- Plant your spring bulbs this month through January.  North County should...
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October Tips of the Month

October Tips of the Month

Happy fall! This month we are requesting feedback from our valued customers. Please click on the link take our short survey . Thank you! SURVEY     Autumn Equinox: Time to have us adjust your watering schedules on timers. Since summer has come and gone it is time to check timers and adjust them to fall schedules. The schedules will depend on the weather, plant requirements and city water regulations.  Since we didn’t have much of a summer this year and the fall has been hot we need to look closely at the irrigation.   Planting – Fall is the...