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Succulents Guide
May 24, 2017 -0 Likes-More

Succulents are the hot new botanical trend, and while gardeners in most parts of the country have to satisfy themselves with puny indoor succulents, landscapers in Southern California have...

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How to Control Aphids
May 17, 2017 -0 Likes-More

Looking for a way to rid yourself of little pests that can cause big damage in your garden? These aphid control techniques will help you save your plants. Diagnosing...

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What To Do With Spring Bulbs After Flowering
May 12, 2017 -0 Likes-More

Daffodils, ranunculus bulbs, anemones bulbs other bulb flowers are beautiful signs that spring has officially sprung. However, once the blooms fade and your spring flowers have done their job...

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Why Adjust Mowing Height?
April 12, 2017 -0 Likes-More

You may be aware that lawnmowers allow the user to adjust cutting distance, but do you know why this is? If not, you may be doing damage to your...

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Tips For Lawn Fertilization
April 5, 2017 -0 Likes-More

When executed properly, fertilization can add beauty and value to your lawn. However, there’s a right and wrong way to go about it. Learn more with these tips. 1)...

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Spring Maintenance Checklist
March 29, 2017 -0 Likes-More

Get your garden ready for summer’s glorious return with this simple spring maintenance plan. From planting to fighting weeds before they have a chance to take hold, you can...

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Recipe for Great Soil
February 23, 2017 -1 Like-More

How can you improve the soil in your planting containers, lawn or garden? While different planting conditions require different types of dirt, there are some basic elements that...

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Why You Should Still Practice Water Conservation (After All This Amazing Rain)
February 15, 2017 -0 Likes-More

Torrential rains have brought drought relief to California, and while this is good news throughout the state, it is perhaps most welcome here in SoCal, where the drought did...

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Give Your Valentine the Right Message: What Do Your Flowers Say?
February 8, 2017 -0 Likes-More

Nothing symbolizes love quite like a beautiful bouquet of flowers, but there’s more to that bouquet than its external beauty. If you want to send a special message to...

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Winter Pruning Guide
January 25, 2017 -0 Likes-More

To prune or not to prune? It’s a valid question to ponder in the winter months, especially in a unique place like Southern California. Though winters here don’t typically...

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La Niña Winter Outlook
January 19, 2017 -0 Likes-More

The prospect of a La Niña winter brought a twinge of nervousness to climate scientists, farmers and property owners alike. La Niña on the West Coast typically brings dry...

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New Year, New Landscape: Landscape Upgrades to Consider in 2017
January 11, 2017 -0 Likes-More

A new year signals a fresh start, and this change inspires many people to set ambitious goals and resolutions. New year’s resolutions can be hard to keep, but you...

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Choosing Frost-Tolerant Plants For Southern California Winters
December 27, 2016 -0 Likes-More

Gardeners know that every plant has its strengths and its weaknesses. Some plants are better suited to winter chill than others. In fact, if you live in a part...

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So Cal Plants That Stand Out In The Winter
December 20, 2016 -0 Likes-More

Winter often recalls images of bare tree branches and naked flower bushes, but that’s not a complete picture. With the right plants, your winter garden can be just as...

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Creative Ways to Extend the Life of Your Christmas Tree
December 13, 2016 -0 Likes-More

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and you want your cut Christmas tree to stay fragrant and beautiful until the very end. There are some practical steps...

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Fall Landscape Checklist – Preparing for Spring
December 5, 2016 -0 Likes-More

Living in California has it perks, but keeping a healthy looking grass year round is not one of them. People take pride in their lawns because it is a...

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Every Day Is Halloween for These Creepy Plants
October 25, 2016 -0 Likes-More

A sunny gerbera daisy or friendly pine tree doesn’t typically strike fear into the hearts of men, but that doesn’t meant that plants can’t get spooky. Think of the...

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How to Tell If Your Tree Is Healthy
October 18, 2016 -0 Likes-More

Almost every type of tree experiences a dormancy period. Even evergreens take breaks during the colder months, although their rest period is less dramatically obvious than their deciduous cousins’...

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Simple Steps to Get Your Lawn Spruced Up for Winter
October 11, 2016 -0 Likes-More

You probably get the most enjoyment out of your lawn during spring and summer, but those seasons aren’t the only times of the year it needs maintenance. Prep your...

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What Causes Trees and Other Plants to Get Their Fall Color?
October 6, 2016 -0 Likes-More

One of the most basic things about leaves of all kinds, whether they’re on trees or plants, is that they make their own life-sustaining energy through the process of...

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Tree Injections- Shots for My Trees?
September 27, 2016 -0 Likes-More

With the drought taking hold on Southern California our trees have not only suffered due to lack of water and poor soil conditions, but due to pests as well....

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Preparing Your Landscape for Fall
September 20, 2016 -0 Likes-More

Fall means enjoying a harvest of winter squash and raking up leaves, but that’s not all you need to do to get ready for the autumnal season. Just...

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How to Cut Daylilies Back
September 13, 2016 -0 Likes-More

As reliable bloomers and prolific multipliers, daylilies are a favorite for home gardens in many different climates and regions. While these hardy plants can thrive on their own, they...

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Fall Foliage: Plants with the Best Fall Colors
September 7, 2016 -0 Likes-More

An iconic autumn with brisk winds and heaps of technicolor leaves isn’t much of a reality in Southern California. That’s because most trees well-known for their spectacular fall displays...

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How to Tell If Your Lawn Needs Fertilizing
August 23, 2016 -0 Likes-More

Undernourished Lawns: When Do You Need Fertilizer? Think about the most appealing grass you’ve ever seen. It was probably a rich green color, with robust blades and no evident...

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Mosquitoes – Zika and West Nile Protection
August 10, 2016 -0 Likes-More

Mosquitoes: More Than Just a Nuisance  With the rise of blood-borne illnesses such as Zika and West Nile, homeowners are increasingly eager to keep mosquitoes from setting up shop...

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What are Pre-Emergent Herbicides and how do I use them?
August 5, 2016 -0 Likes-More

Pre-emergent chemicals are tools used by both homeowner and commercial landscaper alike. Pre-emergent herbicides kill the weed seeds as they are trying to germinate in the soil.  Just as...

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Best Plants to Beautify Your Landscape This Summer
July 19, 2016 -1 Like-More

Gardening in Southern California presents the dual challenge of managing temperatures and moisture levels. This region, which is generally classified as zones 8–10 on the USDA hardiness scale (with...

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Simple Ways to Conserve Water This Summer
July 12, 2016 -0 Likes-More

Water conservation advice usually focuses on those somewhat unpleasant tasks many of us would rather not do, especially when it comes to bathroom habits. But you don’t have to...

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State of the Union: The California Drought
July 5, 2016 -0 Likes-More

As of 2016, California is in its fifth year of drought. Though there were a few good periods of rainfall during the El Niño winter of 2015, it was...

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Glamorize Your Garden with Patriotic Plants
June 29, 2016 -0 Likes-More

There are lots of ways to inject your SoCal garden with patriotic symbolism, from planting native species to choosing plants with symbolic significance, like George Washington’s cherry tree. But...

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June Bugs: Where do they come from, where do they go?
June 21, 2016 -1 Like-More

June bugs are often a nuisance during the late spring and summer months, particularly at night when they become the most active and are drawn toward light sources in...

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What are Post-Emergent Herbicides and How Do I use Them?
June 15, 2016 -1 Like-More

Weeds are an unsightly problem that nearly all gardeners must contend with at one point or another. Not only do they ruin the aesthetic of a well-cared-for yard, but...

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When is the best time to plant a tree?
June 8, 2016 -0 Likes-More

Experienced gardeners will tell you that timing is everything when it comes to planting, especially for those species that need time to develop their root systems and acclimate to...

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Types of Turf in Southern California
May 31, 2016 -0 Likes-More

Lawn Lowdown: Types of Turf for SoCal Yards Almost nothing beats the satisfaction of cultivating a verdant lawn and relaxing atop it once it’s thriving. Fortunately, there are many...

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How to Identify Common Lawn Insects
May 24, 2016 -0 Likes-More
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How to Stop Lawn Grubs 
May 19, 2016 -1 Like-More

Lawn Diagnosis: Grub Attack There are random, irregularly shaped dead patches in your lawn, and you aren’t quite sure why. You may also notice an influx of digging...

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What is Thatch and Why Should You be Concerned
May 11, 2016 -7 Likes-More

How to Identify and Control Thatch Thatch is mostly invisible to the naked eye, especially if you’re looking at your lawn from standing height. It grows right next to...

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