Flowering peach tree

Gardening Tip for March: Prune Fruit Trees

This applies to pome fruits like apples and pears, and stone fruits like peaches, apricots and cherries. Once fruit trees start leafing out, it’s a good time to prune because you can see and remove the branches that became damaged or diseased or didn’t survive winter. You can also remove suckers from the base of … Read more

Pyrus calleryana

Trees to Avoid in Your Home Landscape

When you see these trees coming, run the other way… We’ve all met that person – the one that seems great, but as time goes on, reveals themselves to be a gossip or a liar. Well, the tree universe has those people too. I’ve chosen a list of common trees (and a vine) that seem … Read more

Bee on lavender plant

Planting for Pollinators

The decline of pollinators such as honeybees and monarch butterflies has been prominent in the news recently, and as a result I am frequently asked if I can design pollinator gardens. The good news is that different types of pollinators exist everywhere, and it does not take much space to provide a place for food, … Read more

Meyerburg Waterfall at the Los Angeles Arboretum

Inspiration Station: Visit a Garden

In late summer, it may feel too hot to be working in the garden any time but the early morning hours, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t work on improving your landscape in some manner. There are dozens of gardens and arboretums open to the public in the Los Angeles County and surrounding areas. … Read more

Thermometer reading 100 degrees

Caring for your garden in extreme heat

Plants aren’t that different from the rest of us in many respects. When it is very hot outside, we need shade, sun protection and hydration, and so do our gardens. Plants carry some tools with them to deal with sun, heat and wind. Many develop light or grayish leaves or fuzzy leaves that act as … Read more

Low water, low maintenance garden in West Los Angeles

Designing for a Low Maintenance Garden, Part 2

Last month I talked about the importance of knowing your yard or landscape site really well and making choices to get the best use out of the space you have. In landscape design, we hear the term Right Plant, Right Place a lot. You can spend an awful lot of time, money and water on a … Read more

Lantana and calandrinia in a low-maintenance yard

Designing For a Low Maintenance Garden, Part 1

Right Plant, Right Place Good landscape design hinges on one basic concept—the right plant in the right place. It is tempting to run to the garden center the moment the gardening bug hits in the spring, but taking the time for planning and site evaluation will save time, money and frustration later. Plan for your … Read more

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