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We are coming to the end of spring but there is still plenty of time to plant and get ready for outdoor living.

Most of you know that part of our nursery is under the Edison power lines. Edison is in the process of installing new towers and power lines to support their Tehachapi wind generated power program. They are putting these new lines and towers right through our nursery and several others. They have informed us that we have to clear out a large part of our nursery so they can do their work.

We need to move almost half of our inventory. So of course we are having a big sale; up to 70% off. So far the public response has been great. Come early for the best choices. We will be adjusting prices based on supply and demand and time pressure exerted on us by Edison. We don't know exactly when Edison needs this cleared as they are behind schedule.

We are not going out of business and we will get the land back after the new towers go in. We will continue to produce and grow the most popular items during this period. We are also helping other nurseries in the same predicament reduce their inventories.

Mark Meahl (President Garden View Inc.)

Pasadena Project

This beautiful property is owned by Pam and Steve McNeely. The design was quite a challenge since the square pool was at an awkward angle to the house. The pre cast concrete around the pool was done by Classical Building Arts. The big rounded corners were designed to give the pool a more classic look. The concrete pads with grass strips were used to compensate and take away attention that the pool was at an awkward angle. The grape arbor was installed to provide reflection in the water and the lawn with steps to the lower lawn mimics the pool exactly (at a 90 degree angle) except were the lawn and pool overlap.

The Interlocking pavers on the driveway work perfectly for providing an old world look. Hats off to Feliciano (Garden View Forman) and the rest of his gardening crew for the great landscape maintenance.

Late Spring/Early Summer Garden Tips
BOUGAINVILLEA 'RASBERRY ICE' (left) Don't Prune:
This small more compact form of Bougainvillea grows as a shrub and can be kept contained. Pruning should be kept at a minimum to preserve blooms. If your Bougainvillea (all varieties) is not blooming and it is not because you cut the flowers off you are probably overwatering it. This plant blooms best with minimal water. Also, Bougainvilleas stop growing so fast when you cut back the water.

STAR JASMINE - Trachelospermum (right) Don't Prune:
This very versatile, popular plant is just starting to flower. Garden View crews prune this plant only when absolutely necessary at this time of year so that you can enjoy the beautiful flowers and wonderful scent. Star Jasmine can be used and trained as a ground cover, shrub or vine.

LANTANA (left):
If you have not cut back your Lantana yet this may be a good time to do it. Take the opportunity to prune your lantana down by as much as to within 6-12 inches of ground level. Leaves will re-emerge in spring. Lantana isn't harmed at all by such a drastic pruning, and the result will be more compact lantana shrubs. You will loose some bloom but this plant flowers through most of the summer and with so many other plants blooming now this is your opportunity to keep this sometimes vigorous plant in check and ready for summer bloom. (Lantana is a low water need plant and vigorous bloomer)

EURYOPS (right):
This low water use plant blooms almost all year round. Because it is blooming most of the year gardeners are reluctant of pruning it and it can become lanky and unattractive. Garden View gardeners prune the plant several times a year, the flowers are usually not all cut off and the blooms return with increased vigor.

RHAPHIOLEPIS (left):
After this beautiful, low maintenance, low water use plant has finished blooming it is a good time to do minimal pruning. Once this plant reaches its mature size it is slow growing and probably only needs to be cut once a year with a little inside out pruning to let light inside the plant and to keep its natural form.

MAGNOLIA STELLATA, and other early spring flowering trees (right):
The best time to prune most flowering trees is soon after they finish blooming. Don't sheer or top the trees. Selectively prune the crisscrossing branches and prune to shape.

AVOCADOS:
These trees need their second semi annual feeding. A mature tree needs 2.5 lbs of actual nitrogen so if you are using a 20-6-8 fertilizer you will need 2.5 divided by .2 which equals 12.5 lbs put around the drip line of the trees. (See explanation of formula in above citrus feeding)

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Water-Wise Tips
Protect our resources and your water bill

Did you know that the typical lawn uses significantly (almost twice as much) water than a well maintained pool?

Putting a pool cover on can save almost 90% of evaporation.

Using a separation tank to clean the filter instead of backwashing into the sewer system can save 1000's of gallons a year in water. Separation tanks are ideal for water conservation and savings during backwashing by returning chemically treated backwash water to the pool while filtering out the used diatomaceous earth and debris.

The typical backwash system without a separation tank puts all the diatomaceous earth (filtering material), debris, and water into the sewer system.

Most Garden View pools have a separation tank installed.

In the Dirt
with Julie Meahl

Julie MeahlThis is a perfect time for all of you plant shoppertunistics. Garden View Nursery is having it's clear out specials, and plants are moving quickly.

The big garden talk this month is the "Home Garden Berry Patch," or fruit salad garden. We still have a great selection of blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries. Imagine-a short distance to your own home grown fruit salad-just at your fingertips.

Garden View Nursery also has a good selection of fruit and shade trees. Father's Day is around the corner... Maybe Dad would like a pomegranate tree or large shade tree for the up and coming hot summer. Perhaps Dad would like to start his own vineyard. We've got the Zinfandel grapevines, and grape stomping is also a great exercise!

Pomegranates and blueberries are a great source of antioxidants.
Tip: When planting blueberries use some Peat Moss.

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 If you are in Southern California chances are you have 1 of four types of lawns; Tall Fescue (most popularly branded Marathon), St. Augustine, Bermuda or what I believe scientific nomenclature calls Weedius uglius. The forth is real popular and actually what I have at my place. Look, the last thing I wanna do when I get home is work weeds out of the lawn at my rental, so I don't want to hear it. Besides, when your lawn is as far gone with weeds as mine you just have to start over.

Anyway, there are 2 main classes of turf, warm season and cool season. As indicated by their creative titles one grows most aggressively in the warmer months and the other in the cooler months. So, as you might have guessed our three common turfs here in so cal, Tall Fescue (cool season), St. Augustine and Bermuda (both warm season), each fall into opposite categories meaning that they have different feeding schedules. The one common rule of thumb is that whether you have cool or warm season grass, fertilize when the grasses are at the peak of their growth and not under heat or drought stress.

The cool season Fescue grows most aggressively in spring and fall and should therefore be fertilized accordingly. A healthy schedule for fescue would be a feed in both early and late fall as well as spring after the first growth spurt. A fourth fertilization in late spring is not a bad habit either. So, now that it is June, it's about time to lay off your fescue feeding buuuut if you need a quick green-up in midsummer a light fertilization can help. In your warm season St. Augustine lawn a good schedule is mid spring, early summer and late summer/early fall. What does this mean for June St. Augustine feeding? It means go nuts.

By fertilizing your lawn in the months that your grass is not growing or dormant you are providing nutrients to undesired weeds, creating more competition for your choice grass. Plus, you are just throwin' away your hard earned bread. I'll take it if you reeealy have nothing else to do with it.

(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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