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Gardening Tips

  • Work in the Garden – Continue to fertilize regularly because plants are using food as quickly as you supply it.  Prune faster growing plants to keep them vigorous and to control water use.  Fertilize lawns when the grass is dry but the ground is moist; then water thoroughly.  Leech container plants by flooding to remove excess salts.
  • Work in the Garden – Take the time to look at small jobs in your garden this month.  Remove any unwanted suckers from trees and shrubs.  Pinch tips of Chrysanthemums, Fuchsias, Geraniums and Marguerites to encourage dense growth.  Stake dahlias, delphinium, tomatoes and other vines.  Mulch annual and perennial borders to keep the soil cool and help retain moisture during the hot summer months.  Deep water rather than light sprinkle if the weather is dry.
  • Work in the Garden – This is a good month to plant new shrubs and hardy perennials and to prepare for the coming summer. Keep roots cool and weeds down by applying mulch around flowers and vegetables, particularly Azaleas, berries, and Camellias which have more shallow root systems. Plants will benefit from a dose of an all-purpose fertilizer such as Gro-Power. Tie vines to supports.



  • Work in the Garden – Get your spring garden ready for planting by cleaning all beds of debris and old, dead plants.  Lightly cut ground covers.  This is the most important month to fertilize.  We recommend an organic granular fertilizer such as Gro-Power and a water soluble spray such as Miracle Gro.
  • Work in the Garden – Prepare your soil this month by working in Evergreen Planter Mix and Mulch as deeply as you can.  If you’re starting a new garden, money spent on a half day’s rototiller rental will be well worth it in healthy plants.  The day before rototilling soften the ground by soaking it well with water, then add gypsum.
     A winter garden, particularly for Southern California’s year-round mild climate, may seem challenging, but is actually a lot fun.  There are many varieties of blooming trees, shrubs, vines and flowering plants available that can add attractive and versatile color to a winter landscape.
  • Work in the Garden – Primary tasks this month include planning your spring garden and major pruning of dormant fruit and shade trees, vines and rose bushes.  Proper pruning will help control and redirect plant growth, as well as stimulate fruit and flower production.  After the last frost, remove any dead, diseased or damaged limbs.  Don’t be afraid to prune roses hard to eliminate a lot of the old wood. 
    While gardeners in other parts of the country spend November and December preparing their yards for the cold and snow of winter, Southern California's gardening year could be just kicking off.
    Fall is an excellent season for major landscaping because the weather is still fairly warm, but not hot - giving new lawns and plants and early start before battling the heat and pests of summer. This is also the best time to plant early winter and spring flowering annuals, perennials and bulbs.


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