July & August Gardening Tips. Hint: Water!

By Julian / June 22, 2020

July and August is a crucial time in the Bay Area for gardeners and landscapers. Depending on where you are in the Bay, and your level of fog, you will have different choices about what to plant and when. We’ve compiled a few tips to consider as we head into late summer. According to the…

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Choosing the Correct Pruning Tools

By Julian / March 26, 2018

Choosing the Correct Pruning Tools for California Plants (and other Pruning “ABC’s”) Remember when you first planted your garden plants, trees, and shrubs? Every plant looked so lonesome at first. But now the space is getting crowded! So now what to do? You wouldn’t dare want to get rid of any healthy foliage or shrub,…

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Pruning 101: Step-By-Step Winter Rosebush Care

By Julian / October 10, 2017

In the San Jose and surrounding Bay Area, roses never really go dormant, as our climate is mild. However, roses do rest and this is a very similar and vital process to their longevity and health. You may feel a strong urge to do something to rose bushes right after they have stopped blooming. Stop!…

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Pruning During Frost Season? Stop!

By Julian / December 28, 2016

It’s officially winter and many of us are off from work, kicking back, relaxing with some egg nog and sleeping off the holiday meals. But for us gardeners, there is one very important task you can’t skip over during your “off” time. We are talking about FROST. A cold hard frost can be devastating to…

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Is it a Garden Snail? Or is it a Garden Slug?

By Julian / December 27, 2016

Our January climate brings cool, wet weather which provides perfect conditions for slugs and snails to attack our gardens! Snails and slugs feed on the leaves of many plants. They also eat ripening fruits and vegetables (they aren’t picky, slugs and snails like the leaves and fruits of a wide range of crops such as…

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How To Organically Control Snails and Slugs in the Garden

By Julian / December 27, 2016

A typical San Jose January brings cool, wet weather which provides perfect conditions for slugs and snails to attack your gardens – and they are especially damaging in shady gardens. The severity of the damage from snails and slugs could really depend on the type of slug or snail that you are dealing with. Be…

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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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If You Read One Article About Pruning Bushes – Read This One!

By Julian / April 24, 2014

   Hollywood actors often talk of “disappearing” into roles, where they aim for a performance so natural it looks effortless to those taking it in. They don’t want their method to be overly apparent, and it’s the same for many forms of art. It certainly applies to landscaping: you do want your garden to be enjoyed by…

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