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It is finally getting hot out. It is time to work in the garden less and enjoy our pools and the pleasant evenings more.

We still have a long way to go to clear out part of our nursery for the new towers that Edison will be putting in to transport electricity generated from the Tehachapi Wind Generation Project. We are discounting many items even further. This is a great time to get a shade tree at a great price.

Garden View has won 66 Awards from our peers at the California Landscape Contractors Association and we are pleased to announce that the McNeeley project featured last month just won the best Large Residential Estate Installation in Los Angeles / San Gabriel Chapter.

Speaking of Awards, our own Doug Gordon Blackwell scored extremely well in national competition (see article below)

Mark Meahl (President Garden View Inc.)

San Marino Project

If you lived at this wonderful home you could almost live outside. The outdoor kitchen counter tops and fireplace mantels are poured in place concrete. The Stone is High Desert flagstone. We used interlocking pavers for the floor and stained the existing concrete around the pool. The owner is a master gardener who obviously loves taking care of this great property.

July Garden Tips

These beautiful plants flower off and on throughout the year. They are generally not blooming in the hottest months and the foliage can get sparse. But don't think they are dead or they are not going to come back. These plants are drought resistant meaning if you stop watering them they will generally live. But the foliage will die back but the roots and tuber of the plant will stay alive and come back when watering. This plant will bloom on an off most of the year with sufficient water and fertilizer. Garden View Crews will often use this plant in annual flower beds and supplement it with annual flowers

COLEUS (right) is a valued plant for light shade. Its colorful leaf is as prized as the flowers on many annuals. It is necessary to cut the flowers off regularly or the plant looses shape and can become unattractive. The pinching also keeps the plant compact.

On established plants, this is the time of the first of three annual prunings. A good schedule for these three prunings is June, August and December. Cut any and all unwanted new growth to three buds above last years resting point. The point where the current years growth began and last years ended can be located by noticing the change in the stem/bark color. This pruning should be done to encourage flower bud development and to contain the size of the plant.

Be very cautious irrigating most of our native plants during the summer. Most are adapted to a wet winters and dry summer moisture cycle. Too frequent irrigations now (especially in soils with a clay content) will most likely cause problems.

Keep azaleas well irrigated now that the weather is warming up. Azaleas are shallow rooted and will dry dically through the warm months but you can keep it compact and increase the quality of blooms in the future by pruning now.
out quickly. Avoid cultivating or allowing other plants to grow in competition with the roots.

Trim after its main blooming season: Spring and early summer. It still will bloom spora

This plant has abundant blooms for a long season. Prune sparingly now to limit plant size and renew flower stems. Limit watering now to enough to keep it alive, it may be able to survive nicely on watering only once every two weeks. Remove blossoms as soon as they fade.

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Water-Wise Tips
Protect our resources and your water bill

Many of us waste a lot of water through run off, especially on slopes. When watering on a slope if we put a lot of water down at once the water will run down to the bottom of the slope. The lower slope will be getting a lot of water through percolation and the top of the slope much less. When this has happened the plants at the bottom of the slope are probably being over watered and plants on top are getting under watered. Also a lot of water may have simply run off to the street, driveway or what ever is at the bottom of the slope.

We can reduce this problem by dividing watering times into cycles with shorter run times. For instance instead of watering for 10 minutes, water in cycles for three minutes. Set your controller to repeat cycles to be finished within a few hours.

There are additional benefits to this. You will develop deeper root systems allowing greater water and nutrient storage capacity for the plants resulting in watering less often and better slope stabilization due to the larger root systems.

Our own Doug Gordon Blackwood who has scores of Horti-Groupies (Horticultural Groupies) at our nursery scored in the top 20 in the United States at the Professional Land Care Network Student Career Days 2010. Maintenance, Cost Estimating and Annual/Perennial Plant ID competition.

In the Dirt
with Julie Meahl

Julie MeahlThe heat is on! Are you hot enough? If so, maybe you need a nice shade tree. At Garden View Nursery we have the beautiful Cassia - Gold Medallion Tree. This tree grows to 25 feet and has a 30 foot spread with deep yellow clusters of flowers. Because of the canopy you could put your favorite lounge chair under it and chill with a cold glass of pink lemonade. Yes - I said pink. At the Nursery we have pink lemonade citrus trees. The tree itself is very ornamental with its variegated leaves. It produces pink flesh lemons that are sweet and perfect for lemonade.

I must mention that all of the Crape Myrtle's are in full bloom too. There are so many colors; this is the perfect time to select your tree. Garden View Nursery also has the new "Dynamite" Crape Myrtle, who's flower is a beautiful shade of red.

Here is a way to show off your talents: why not grow your own apples and bake them in an easy apple crisp? The nursery has the Granny Smith apple tree that is perfect for this recipe. Go to the produce department of your grocery store and buy the Marzetti apple crisp mix. Follow the easy directions using your home grown apples, and, "VOILA" - dessert! This delicious dessert is home grown + semi-homemade. It's so easy but your family will think you worked all day on it!

Tip: Always plant trees with plenty of compost. Citrus trees like regular and consistent water. Citrus trees in the ground should receive light fertilizer applications monthly February through September.

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

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

Blake's Landscape Maintenance Blog

Blake You know how when you have been under major pressure at work or the wife is really laying it on thick about how much she wants a pool from Garden View that you can't afford; you start to show some signs of stress. The perfectly healthy thing to happen is you lose a little sleep, maybe even get a knot or two in your stomach. There is of course the occasional James Bond who can handle anything in stride but more important than the extensive government training is probably the copious consumption of Dry Gin.

This is not unlike your lawn; a couple signs of stress in this heat are perfectly natural. Water use is a particularly sensitive issue in So Cal these days and if your lawn makes it through July without a single spot telling you it is just as pissed about this heat as you are, chances are you're over-watering. Try reducing the watering times in small increments until you find that first stress point. I would suggest leaving it at that point or adding just a minute or two to your run time. Don't worry, a stress point is not a dead point, it's just the grass going into dormancy to protect itself from drought and should green up again pretty quick when it gets the water it needs.

On the other hand, if your grass is as pissed off as Mel Gibson and is really burning up out there we better get some water on it quick. I know, Mel, the yard is more concerned about being blown than watered but we can't have him making threats to burn the house down. It is a bit of a balancing act but is important to having the healthiest most water conscious lawn.

(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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