Why Gutters Could Be the Demise of Your Winter

By Julian | October 26, 2015

California isn’t exactly known for blankets of snowfall in the winter, save for some mountain towns. Even so, residents of the sunshine state often cherish winter’s milder temperatures and the opportunity to indulge in “sweater weather.” Unfortunately, the season can also be rough on homes if residents don’t take the appropriate precautions before temperatures drop…

5 Tips for Getting Your Trees through the Drought

By Julian | September 25, 2015

From water shortages to brush fires, the evidence is clear that the drought afflicting California is serious business. Everywhere you look, you’ll find warnings to avoid wasting water and incentives for conservation and responsible use. One of the best things that you can do for the earth – and your yard – during a drought…

Preparing your Trees for El Nino

By Julian | September 25, 2015

Forecasters everywhere have been predicting that 2015 will serve Californians an El Niño to remember. In fact, The Weather Channel recently forecasted that it could last well into the spring of 2016! Everyone will need to prepare for the influx of rains in different ways – if you’ve got a creek, get those sandbags ready…

Annual, Perennial, Biennial: Do I Even Care?

By Julian | May 8, 2015

If you can’t keep your Symplocarpus foetidus straight from your sphagnum, you’re in good company. The gardening lexicon ranges from obscure Latin names to the I-should-probably-know-that-but-I-don’t, and whether you’re looking to start a backyard veggie garden or convert a green lawn to a drought-tolerant landscape, you’re likely to come across some vocabulary that needs defining.…

5 Steps to #Save20Gallons and Even More Money

By Julian | March 16, 2015

Everybody understands that California’s water shortage is a serious issue facing the state, but Santa Clara Valley residents may not all realize that our water district has undertaken a great public program to reduce water usage in the county – Save20gallons.org.   Not only is this good news for the environment – it’s great news…


By Julian | March 5, 2015


Why Smart Irrigation Controllers are the Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

By Julian | February 23, 2015

California’s drought is now more than a regional story: coverage of the emergency conditions – and our response to them – spans from international news outlets to this week’s TIME magazine. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), almost 9 billion gallons of water is used every day in the United States for residential outdoor water use, primarily for landscape irrigation. The agency estimates that 50 percent of that water is wasted due to overwatering.

When Planting Bare Roots Sends You Running For Cover

By Julian | February 18, 2015

  February – the season of Valentine cards and chocolates, presidential birthdays, and Girl Scout cookies.   The second month of the year may be known for its holidays and special occasions, but it’s also still a great time to plant bare root plants and trees.   Bare root plants, whether the fruit trees, berries,…


By Julian | January 1, 2015


Why Smart and Savvy Landscapers Plant Gardens In Fall

By Julian | October 10, 2014

If looking out the window at your drab garden elicits a sigh of exasperation rather than admiration, or if scanning your Instagram feed has you envying the lush fall colors of your friend’s tree-lined street in upstate New York – it might be time to rethink your fall garden. Yes, the peak season for planting…


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