Spring 2016
Outdoor Living and Garden Tour
Mark Meahl sitting in front of rock waterfall This is a wonderful time enjoy the outdoors. Beautiful days, plants in bloom, great time to sit around a fire pit or outdoor fireplace or tour some beautiful drought tolerant Gardens.


Art Of The Garden 
sponsored by
The Creative Arts Group

 
Spanish style fireplace and outdoor patio in Sierra Madre_ CAA premier Garden tour featuring drought tolerant landscapes in the foothill communities will be put on by the Creative Arts Group (CAG) which is a nonprofit art center bringing art to our youth and people of all ages. The money earned will help support the programs this wonderful organization puts on.

6 Beautiful Gardens will be on the tour, Two of them by Garden View (in Sierra Madre). The emphasis this year is on drought tolerant beautiful gardens. At the Garden View gardens Garden View will have designers, nursery personnel and signage describing plants. Mark and Julie Meal will also be on hand.Spanish style front yard with water feature and water wise plants

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Educational Outreach Program
Introducing Garden View Nursery's Young Gardener's Club!

Hands covered in soil, brows glistening in the sun, and a smile across their faces: a group of elementary school students have just finished planting up some saplings. Without a doubt, there is something amazing that happens when kids learn about nature in a completely hands on way. This year we set out to share that experience with the youth of our community. In developing the free educational program for Garden View Nursery's Young Gardener's Club, in partnership with our local schools, we have developed a program that is not only incredibly fun , but exposes students to new ways of thinking about the world. When a student gets to see the fruit of their labor in growing a tree from a small size, in taking responsibility for a living thing, and then taking home the tree to plant in their yard and one day building a tree house is an utterly rewarding method to instill an appreciation for nature.

We want the kids to liken themselves to seeds, small packets of potential that will one day grow into beautiful flowers or majestic sequoias. Garden View has been indebted to our fellow San Gabriel Valley residents for supporting our company over the years and in developing this program we hope to give back to our community in the best way possible: cultivating the minds of tomorrow.

Giangelo Leos "Mr. Gio"

April Garden Tips

Three Carex Frosted Curls PlantsCarex Frosted Curls

Carex thrives in moist soil but will tolerate some drought once established. Cut back in spring by 1/3. Division is best done in the spring.

Boxwood Hedges

Japanese Boxwood Shrub FormAging Boxwood hedges can be a tricky entity to maintain at a property due to their role as rigid, formal plants to be kept green all year. One of the ways plants keep healthy is that they grow new growth and the old growth falls away. Once the boxwoods have reached their optimum size we have to let them grow a little and then cut them back to where they were. If we leave no new or very little new growth all we see after trimming is the old growth. That is why they look yellow especially after pruning. Also the constant shearing of the plant creates a condition were all the leaves to grow on the outside of the plant and not on the inside. To minimize this effect the timing of trimming is very important and it should be noted some down time for recovery is inevitable. What has prompted this note is that we, as the professional, failed to explain this when we were instructed to hold off on trimming at the beginning of spring. By performing a hard trim at the end of winter we are able to strongly control the shape of the plants and allow sunlight to penetrate the outer perimeter creating healthy, natural growth on the inside. (please observe where there are holes in the boxwood the new vigorous dark green growth coming from inside the plant). The reason for the timing is that there is vigorous foliar growth in spring creating minimal downtime.

Mexican False Heather shrub with pink flowersCuphea

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

Abutilon Flowers on wood fenceAbutilon 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.

Red bird of Paradise Tree Red Bird of Paradise

Red bird of paradise (left) should be pruned in late winter or early spring to the ground to form a more compact mound. 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).

Wisteria

Purple wisteria flowerThe best time to prune Wisteria (right) is after they finish flowering. New growth begins the foundation for next year's blooms. This plant can take over an arbor or crush a house if it is not pruned. On any vine it is very important not to cut the main stock or everything after that point dies and you have a large mass of dead plant. By pruning regularly and heavily you can more easily identify the main stock and you can trim the lateral or side branches without damaging the main stock.

blue and purple hydrangeas Hydrangea - Don't Prune

Bigleaf type hydrangea (left) 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.

In the Garden of Ian
Ian Alden

Growing up in Pasadena, City of Roses, I feel obligated to plant at least a couple of rose bushes in my yard. However, Pasadena and many other cities in So Cal have outdoor water restrictions in place. Pasadena limits outdoor irrigation use to only 2 days a week in the warm summer months. With the growing concern of California's drought, is it smart to put roses in my yard? Are roses low water? Can I get away with watering only 2 times a week?

 

Roses are in fact one of my favorite plants for the low water garden. They can easily be kept at twice a week watering schedule, or less, throughout our hot summers and will still produce bountiful blooms. Iceberg/floribunda roses and Hybrid Tea roses are the two most popular types of rose in So Cal. Most information you find on roses recommend "regular water." I argue that 2 days a week watering is best. I have a few types of Hybrid Tea Roses and Climbing Roses in my yard. They were planted about a year and a half ago. I find that twice a week watering in summer and once a week watering in winter is definitely enough. My roses could probably do fine with even less once established another year or two. Otto and Sons Nursery claims to have let some established roses go 7 weeks without any water before showing weeping leaves due to the lack of water. This is extraordinary. This is not a watering schedule I recommend, but is a testament to the resilience of the rose. Regardless of how frequent you water, twice a week, once a week, or every 7 weeks, the key to success is deep soak watering.

 

By deep soaking two times a week, as opposed to little water every day or so, you can train roses to grow their natural deep root system, which in turn makes them a more drought tolerant and disease resistant plant. This deep root system allows the rose to pull cool water, from deep in the soil, up into it leaves. This ability can help the plant deal with our harsh summer and help a rose thrive in our searing heat. This watering technique will also help your roses' health and appearance in general. Powdery mildew is probably the most common pest for roses in So Cal. My roses do not get it; I attribute this to my watering regiment. Infrequent deep soaking is not only better for the California's drought, it is better for your roses!

 

Blake's Landscape Maintenance Blog

I may be a bit "old school" driving around a big loud gas guzzling motorcycle, but that doesn't speak for this companies culture. Our culture of efficiency and constant improvement has been at the core of this company since Mark founded it; it is no wonder he is now driving a Tesla. As cool as I know everyone thinks I am on my Harley and how much they looove being on the phone or trying to sleep when I drive by, people don't seem to feel the same way about the lawn maintenance equipment equivalent. It turns out people don't like supersonic exhaust noise and fumes around them. I know, I don't get it either but then again I'm old. I mean old school.

 

 

5 electric leaf blowers sitting in front of a Tesla electric car Just last month we worked with the AQMD (Air Quality Management District) to exchange old blowers and invest in the first commercially viable battery blowers to hit the market. They are still backpack blowers but now the backpack is just a battery. Lighter weight, quieter, cleaner and zero emissions! The next step in our evolution will be to install solar and charging mechanisms in our trucks to keep these bad boys full of juice. Until then, these Telsaesque blowers will be in beta testing mode and in use on smaller properties and particularly sensitive locations.

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