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Protecting Frost-Sensitive Plants

Frost-sensitive plants need a little extra attention this time of year as temperatures dip below 32°F at night. Here we will outline several ways you can protect your tender plants in freezing temperatures.  Plants to Protect from Frost Citrus and succulents are some of the more popular plants that require protection from frost, as they have high-water content and are susceptible to forming ice crystals within plant cells. Other subtropical plants will also succumb to frost. Subtropical plants are typically found in areas 20-40 degrees north or south of the equator,...
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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 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...