Spring is a wonderful time; the air is fresh, the
temperature is pleasant, plants are growing and blooming, and the birds are
chirping. We hope our newsletter will help you enjoy your landscape and be more
One of the improvements we are making this month in our
gardening tips is the inclusion of pictures of some of the plants we are
discussing so that people who don't know the name of the plant can benefit
from the tips.
We are very proud of the project highlited this month and
want to thank Curtis and Patricia Crider for giving us the opportunity to
design and build their project. We couldn't have asked for better or more insightful
(President Garden View Inc.)
Award Winning Monrovia Project
This Beautiful project was an amazing transformation. The
yard had a large wall and upper yard that started out about 15 feet from the
house (To see before pictures click here).
Our client Curtis and Patricia Crider had talked to several pool
companies about putting a pool in the upper yard. When Mark Meahl saw the site he
immediately had a vision of putting the pool at the same level as the house and
using the pool floor for retaining wall footings.
Eddie Anaya (Designer / Project Manager) worked with Mark and the clients to design, detail and manage
the construction. Seven Hundred and Fifty cubic yards of excavation later the
property now has a spa on the upper end of the waterfall, a tree in a planter
in the pool, an outdoor cooking area, bar, fire pit, a beautiful view from inside
of the house and much more.
This project was the 2008 Runner up for Best Estate
Landscaping and the 2008 Runner up for Best Design/Build from the California
Landscape Contractors Association for the San Gabriel/LA Chapter. It came in
second to another Garden View project that won first place in both those
categories. We feel it should have been a tie!
April Gardening Tips
Thinning fruits now, while they are the size of an olive or
grape gives you fewer but larger fruits at harvest time, thinned
limbs are also less likely to break under an overload of fruit.
Thin nectarines, peaches, and Japanese plum about 4 to 6 inches
apart. European plums don't need to be thinned.
If it was cold this winter your Cuphea plants might have lost some or much of their leaves. Garden View crews feed Cuphea with a high nitrogen fertilizer and they usually recover quickly.
Abutilon takes pruning well. Tip prune young plants, to spur new growth and get a fuller shape. If yours starts to become tall and gangly, snipping it back to a leaf joint will encourage it to send out new branches. Abutilon can also be pruned back hard in the spring, if you want to control its size.
Abutilon is a heavy feeder. Keep up the fertilizer for maximum bloom.
BIRD OF PARADISE:
Red bird of paradise (left) should be pruned in late winter or early spring. Mexican bird of paradise and yellow bird of paradise can also be pruned at that time but should be pruned more sparingly (if at all).
Bigleaf type hydrangea set their flower buds at the ends of the upright or lateral branches, during late summer to early fall. Pruning
bigleaf hydrangea in the spring or even late fall, after the buds have been set, will remove the flower buds and any chance of getting flowers that season.
Bigleaf hydrangea should be pruned as soon as the flowers have faded. You should begin to see new growth coming in from the base of the plant. To keep the plant vigorous, selectively prune out the dead and weaker stems, both old and new. Don't prune out all the old wood, since this is what will keep flowering as the new growth matures.
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Protect our resources and your water bill
planting season. Many of us want to go out and plant new colorful plant in our
gardens. We need to use common sense as to where we plant these beautiful
plants if we want to conserve water.
Just like we
plant shade plants in the shade and sun plants in the sun we should group
plants that need more water together and water wise plants together in their
own irrigation zones.
If we plant one
plant that needs a lot of water with plants that don't need the water we will
either have to water all the plants too much (and waste water) in order to keep
that plant alive or the plant will suffer while the other plants strive because
it is not getting sufficient water.
Most people are
surprised at how many plants we love and how many blooming plants survive on
very little water.
Nursery has most plants labeled with descriptive signs through out the nursery.
The signs include along with other information how much water the plants need
and will tolerate. We have also put a special tag on the signs to make it easy
In the Dirt
with Julie Meahl
As I walk through the nursery, I see a sea of colors:
yellow, purple, pink, and white. Oh, I'm
in the rose section. Wow! It looks like
a giant Easter basket. I wish I could
put a giant handle over it. Spring has
May I suggest:
● Sterling Silver- A lavender rose that is a landmark for
its novel silvery hues. Fragrance is
citrus blossom + fruit.
● Gold Medal- Here's a yellow rose that stands in defiance
against the climatic throes of Mother Nature.
The plant has a constant supply of gold buds brushed with orange and
deep golden yellow flowers. Fragrance is
rich & fruity.
● First prize- The top exhibition rose in the U.S. for a
decade. The large pink flowers are
carried on stout long stems with tough leaves.
Fragrance is a mild tea.
● Honor- Well-formed clear white rose carried on this tall
vigorous plant. Large dark green leaves
and very disease resistant. Fragrance:
History repeats itself-when times are tough, "the tough get
going." Plant sales of vegetables and herbs
are up 78%. Garden View Nursery can
tempt your pallet. We have a wonderful
selection of vegetables & herbs.
This is also our first year of heirloom tomatoes of which you can travel
the world; Heirlooms from Russia,
Czechoslovakia, Australia, France,
and the good old U.S.A. For all of you country fans, a tomato called
"Box Car Willie" is named after country western singer Willie Nelson. ♪"You Were Always on My Mind"♪ The tomato
is as wonderful as the song!
And since I have your attention, my plug is for Brandywine. This
Amish heirloom variety dates back to the 1880's. This is close to my heart because my heritage
Tip: Use peat moss in your mix for the roses and a good rich
planting mix for your vegetables & herbs.
Now you're in the dirt!
(Julie Meahl is the
Retail Manager and Vice President of Garden View, Inc.)
Blake's Landscape Maintenance Blog
long as everyone else is boasting about fancy awards they have won I might as
well chime in on behalf of the maintenance team. This last year we were awarded 1st
place by the CLCA for best large commercial maintenance between $1000-4000 per
month. The property? Wilson Summit of
Monterey Hills. The crew? Ofelio and gang.
How did we do it? Get real.
I guess I can pass off a few hot tips.
One major challenge that Wilson Summit faces is a considerable amount of
deep shade. The key to this problem is
plant choice. I know that all of you
have an area of your home or HOA where there is very little sun and of course
this is exactly where you would love to plant your Bougainvilleas and vegetable
garden but you must refrain and work with your limited choices.
those places the sun don't shine (I'm talking about the shade, not...) try
Aspidistra. This plant is tough as nails
and earned its common name "Cast Iron Plant" for due reason. So, yes, long story short is that you need
some "Cast Iron" where the sun don't shine.
Hey, don't look at me! Word gets
other great shade tolerant plants include Clivia, many varieties of ferns,
Nandina, Euonymus and Mondo Grass for ground cover applications.
trick that comes in handy is the use of gravel instead of ground cover to fill
in void areas where nothing seems to grow.
When laying it down try to envision it as a stream bed making its way
through your property or the area of concern, it can really add a new dimension
is the number one trick to having a great landscape at an HOA? A great board! A cooperative, trusting and sufficiently budgeted
board goes such a long way. Thanks Jeff!
And of course a skilled and caring landscape company goes al long way.
(Blake Meahl is the Operations Manager for Garden View's Maintenance Division.)
If you have any suggestions on articles you would like to
see in our newsletter or suggestions for improvement please let us know.
-Tyler Meahl (Technical Manager and Special Projects
Coordinator for Garden View Inc.)
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