Planting

To Plant or Purchase? When is a Planting Contract Beneficial?

By Julian / July 22, 2016

There’s an undeniable trend of “doing it yourself” sweeping the country these days – from YouTube tutorials to Pinterest boards to home-renovation shows, there’s a guide available for almost anything you want to do yourself. There’s even a DIY television network! This surge is a great thing, allowing DIYers to save money and flex their…

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Best of Bayscape: 5 Blogs to Prepare Your Landscape for 2016

By Julian / December 17, 2015

In the midst of the holiday hustle, it can be easy to forget that landscaping needs and projects will be on you before you know it! Wise homeowners know that setting aside just a little bit of time to map out the year ahead can help them plan (and budget) accordingly. Check out this brief…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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.

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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,…

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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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The Dummies Guide to Tree Planting in the Bay Area

By Julian / August 11, 2014

Planting and nourishing healthy trees is about more than digging a hole in the ground and dropping in a sapling. Still, it doesn’t have to be complicated. A little research and work on the back-end can help you figure how to plant a tree and when to plant a tree on your Bay Area property an…

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What Your Mom Didn’t Tell You About Your Bay-Friendly Landscape (& Global Warming)

By Julian / June 22, 2014

Fewer things invoke Americana like a bit of Mom’s advice. You know, that you should eat carrots to improve your vision, make your bed as soon as you wake up, clean behind your ears, and whatever you do – don’t make that face, because it will most certainly freeze that way.   But there’s some wisdom…

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