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Inspired Home & Garden Expo of San Luis Obispo

Inspired Home & Garden Expo of San ...

  Have you been considering an upgrade to your landscaping? Fall is the perfect time to get started with a consultation and design! Stop by our booth at the Inspired Home & Garden Expo of San Luis Obispo on September 17 and 18 at the Alex Madonna Expo Center and let us help you get started!       We will be available from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, September 17 and from 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday, September 18 and would love to get to know you and discuss your landscaping and ideas! Stop by and check out some of our current and past landscapes to get...
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September Tips of the Month

September Tips of the Month

Maintenance Fertilize permanent plants – Feed established trees, shrubs, ground covers, and warm- season grasses, such as Bermuda.  Repeat in a month.  Remember not to feed California natives or drought tolerant Mediterranean plants.  Feed camellias, azaleas, and rhododendrons too. Protect against brush fires – Remove all dead leaves and limbs from trees and shrubs, especially those growing close to the home.  The warm Santa Ana winds are notorious for whipping up brush fires, so be prepared. De-thatch your cool season lawn – Early fall is the best...
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August Tips of the Month

August Tips of the Month

Maintenance   Prepare for fire season – If you live near the native chaparral, reduce the fire risk to your property by pruning dead vegetation from trees and shrubs (especially near structures).  Cut tall grasses and weeds to a height of less than four inches.   Feed annuals and vegetables– Continue to fertilize warm season flowers and crops every two to four weeks, especially those in containers. Except for tomatoes, too much nitrogen will cause vegetative growth, not fruit production.   Feed turf– Give warm-season turf such as Bermuda and St....
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July Tips of the Month

July Tips of the Month

Garden Basics for this month During the month of July, you can control pests in the garden by planting flowers that will attract beneficial insects. This will increase your population of beneficial insects such as lady bird beetles, lacewings, and others, to decrease the “bad” insect population. This is a great way of decreasing the need to use chemical pest controls.   Irrigation systems should be checked for leaks, breaks, and output efficiency to prevent water waste, decrease water bills, protect plants from summer heat, and provide adequate water for the...
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June Tips of the Month

June Tips of the Month

    All Seasons Design and Development Services It’s no secret that proper planning yields greater results.  You wouldn’t build your home without a design, why should your landscape be any different? If you’re thinking about updating, spot planting, making over or creating a new landscape, consider the benefits of professional landscape design first: *Design to your budget *Know what it will look like before a single shovel is moved *Create a harmonious theme to build on, to avoid costly mistakes!     Maintenance Fertilize actively growing...
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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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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 traffic and mowing compacts soil and stresses lawns.  Irrigation and raindrops further compact the soil,...
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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 – Dormant...
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February Tips of the Month

February Tips of the Month

Planting Winter / Fall Annuals – Fill in bare spots with calendula, cineraria, Iceland poppy, nemesia, pansy, primrose, snapdragon, stock, sweet pea, and viola. Cool Seasons Vegetables – Plant seeds of beets, carrots, chives, endive, kale, lettuce, fennel, mustard, leeks, green onion, radishes, parsley, peas, Swiss chard, and spinach. Also set out seedlings of broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage. Bare-Roots – Still enough time to get some of your bare-root plants in; roses, fruit trees, grapes, berries, etc. See below for more...
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Hellebores: January Plant of the Month

Hellebores: January Plant of the Month

Hellebores are delightful perennials to have in your garden and are nicknamed Christmas Rose, as they will add some color in the dull winter months. Most hellebores prefer moist but well-drained soil and tolerate freezing temperatures. They are considered deer and rabbit resistant. You might call the hellebore’s flowers shy, as they peer towards the ground. We recommend using hellebores in perennial borders near the edge in mass to complement a garden with a woodsy feel. Below you’ll find some of our favorite varieties that you might like to add to...