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February Newsletter

The recent wind storm was an event like nothing I have seen in my career. It affected all of us one way or another. It showed a lot of us how unprepared we are for an emergency.

For the first several weeks after the storm we put all our resources from our Landscape and maintenance crews to first just deal with an absurd amount of emergencies and then the clean up. Now it is time to analyze what happened and how to reduce future problems. It is pretty obvious we have a lot of the wrong trees planted in the wrong place. We need to mitigate future damage through proper maintenance.

If you are replanting or planting a new tree pick the right tree this time. Our nursery has thousands of trees of all sizes available. Our personnel are knowledgeable and ready to assist you in the best decision. The trees we grow are chosen, grown and acclimated for this area. We have signs and labels explaining details about the trees. Nobody is better suited to help you make the right decision and get the right tree planted for you.

Mark Meahl (President Garden View Inc.)

Infinity Edge Pools

An infinity edge pool (also named negative edge, zero edge, disappearing edge or vanishing edge pool) is a swimming pool which produces a visual effect of water extending to the horizon, vanishing, or extending to "infinity".

Simply stated an "infinity pool" is constructed by building a level overflow edge at water level on the pool and constructing a basin to catch the overflowing water and pumping it back to the pool.

Infinity pools require extensive architectural design. Since they are usually built in precarious locations (cliffs, mountain tops, beach front, etc.), sound structural engineering is paramount. The dramatic effect can dramatically change the whole property.

February Gardening Tips

At Garden View Landscape Maintenance we trim large shrubs that bloom from the end of their new growth this month. We cut back Oleander (left) very far so that it does not need trimming again for most of the year. (When you trim Oleander you cut off all the flowers). For the same reason we usually trim mature Bougainvilleas (right) very hard late in the month (after chance of frost has past). Our customers are sometimes shocked at the temporarily sparse looking plant but the prolonged bloom is worth it.

If you have not trimmed your Salvias (left) yet it is a good time to do it.

Prune old flower heads off Hydrangeas (right). Remove the upper third of each stem, but not any lower for the largest blooms this spring. The best blooms come from growth from last years healthy stems. To get the largest blooms reduce the number of flower stems. Otherwise you will get many blooms of smaller size.

Prune Tagetes lucida - Mexican Marigold (left) this time of month. Generally we cut in half.

Pittosporum tobira (right) takes well to trimming this month as well. This is a good plant to trim inside out and let a little light inside.

Artemisia 'Powis Castle' (left) should be pruned now.

Cut back Coreopsis (right)

Cut back Fuchsia (left)

Also cut back Verbina - groundcover (right)








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Reducing Wind Damage to Trees and by Trees

The recent storms in our area caused unprecedented damage to our structures, utilities, and landscapes. Assessing why certain trees were damaged while others survived is a worthwhile endeavor; not only to protect the aesthetics of the trees, but also the property around them.

Numerous studies indicate proper tree maintenance is crucial to reducing damage during very high winds. But although we love our trees, most of us are experiencing budgeting issues and tree pruning or investing in quality tree pruning is often not at the top of our priority list.

Here are some issues that can make your trees susceptible to wind damage and how to prevent it. Some are common sense and other more technical. Damage may be caused by one or a combination of factors (not all listed here).

-Wrong tree in the wrong place
For most of us it is too late. We have large trees planted long ago in a small space, or a heavy rooting tree next to concrete, etc. Certain trees are more susceptible to wind damage. How we deal with maintaining the "wrong tree" is important and all the following issues become more critical.

-Top heavy trees
Common sense tells us that this is strictly leverage. Trees with a lower center of gravity are less likely to break than those with a higher center of gravity. Reducing the length of certain branches helps create a lower center of gravity on those branches and might help contribute to their survival in windstorms. Reducing the entire crown size should also reduce damage potential.

Balance, structure, and trunk taper contribute to helping healthy trees be resilient to winds. To maintain resilient trunks, at least one-half of the foliage should be in the lower two-thirds of the tree. The lowest limb should originate in the bottom one-third of the tree's height.


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In the Dirt
with Julie Meahl (Garden View Nursery)
Julie Meahl

We are so excited about our two new varieties of flowering trees for spring!

"Okame" is one of the most striking and desired flowering cherries. It's an upright branching, oval shaped tree. Its foliage is a finely textured attractive dark green, changing to shades of yellow-orange to orange-red in the fall. When in bloom, it is covered with a profuse display of red flowers. It blooms early and long, and does well in mild winters but is still cold hardy.

"Snow Fountain" is a beautiful weeping cherry. In spring, gracefully cascading branches are covered with single white flowers giving the appearance of a fountain of snow. Lush green summer foliage turns to lovely hues of orange and gold in autumn. The tree only grows 6-12 ft.

This spring Garden View Nursery will also have the popular Cooke's Purple Wisteria in 5 and 15 gallon containers.


Now you're in the dirt! Thank you Mother Nature!

(Julie Meahl is the Retail Manager and Vice President of Garden View, Inc.)

Blake's Landscape Maintenance Blog

Unless you are a property manager, landscaper or tree service the big wind storm was totally nuts for you. For us, it was absolutely #*$^ing insane!! The emergency calls started at 2AM and didn't quit for 3 straight days, literally hundreds! The tree trimming companies just stopped even answering their phones and we had literally everyone (maintenance and construction crews) in the field dedicated to just clearing drive and walkways! We were only able to tend to our existing clients but according to most reports we did a bang up job.

As Philadelphia Eagles fans here at Garden View, I should take this moment to extend an apology for our team blowing so hard this year it knocked all your trees over and ripped the leaves off your plants. A lot of plants look like they got into a bar far fight with a pack angry Pit-bulls, and while they will recover, it might take a season. The wind hit right as most plants were going into their dormant season or at least a reduced growth rate. Now is when we would typically be performing our inside out pruning, (opening up the foliage so light gets into center of the plant and new growth emerges inside). The wind did a lot of this for us so this year we will be more focused on healthy growth patterns than mass removal. Most plants do the bulk of their foliar growth during the spring and early summer which is when we will see the most recovery. I could be wrong; the plants may just be waiting for Michael Vick's public apology. I sure am.


(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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