This is a great time to be outside
enjoying the pleasant weather, aromas, flowers, and Southern
California life. We also may want to think about planting
California Friendly plants (many have very lush controllable growth with
beautiful flowers) that use less water. We have listed some in our water-wise
section but we carry many more at our nursery.
We have a policy that past Garden
View Landscape installation clients get up to 20% off purchases of Garden View
grown plants and trees. Make sure you register with our landscape office before
going to the nursery so we can insure that the there is no misunderstanding and
that you are registered for the discount.
We are also selling selected flats
of annual color for $8.99. This price is $3.00 to $4.00 less than most of the
Big Box retailers' prices!
Last month we featured a project with
an extensive use of stacked stone. Natural stone, which is indigenous to our
western landscapes, can be used attractively with infinite possibilities. This
month we are featuring a couple projects using stone in many different ways.
(President Garden View Inc.)
Protect our resources and your water bill
As we plant in Spring many of us are or should be considering
using California Native or California Friendly plants. Most native
plants should be planted in Fall or Winter. Some more durable California natives can be planted year round
successfully. Most California
Natives will not tolerate much summer water. It is very important to plant
these in their own hydro-zones.
There are many California
friendly plants from the Mediterranean climates, Australia
and other parts of the world that will mix with the California natives very well, that are
attractive and use very minimal water.
Most of our landscapes have many of these reliable plants in
them already. We can have beautiful well controlled and blooming landscapes
with minimal water by just using these plants in their own hydro-zones.
Some of these plants are:
Corral Bells, Dietes, Euryops, Lantana, Rhaphiolepis, Artemisia, Calliandra, Cistus, Coprosma, Cotoneaster, Dodeaea, Feijoa, Juipers, Lavandula, Lavatera, Leonotis, Leptosperumum Leucadendron, Leucophyllum, Mahonia, Myrtus, Nandina, Nerium Oleander, Osmanthus Plumbago, Pyracantha, Rosemary, Salvia, Santolina, Teucrium, Achillea, Agapanthus, Agave Armeria, Cporepsos, Echium, Erigeron, Eriogonum, Euphorbia, Gaura, Iris, Limonium (Statice), Mimulus, Pennisetum, Phormium (Flax), Stachys (Lambs Ear), Stipa , Verbena, and many more.
Garden View Nursery has most plants labeled with descriptive
signs throughout the 12 acre plot. 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 to identify.
In the Dirt
with Julie Meahl
May is the month for moms.
Let us celebrate the wonderful women in our lives-mothers or
others. I think mothers should pampered
everyday; not just May 10th.
May I suggest 3 great pampering ideas?
1. Blueberry smoothies:
Blueberries provide antioxidants. They're a high-fiber, low calorie fruit that
are rich in stress-busting vitamin C.
-1 Cup vanilla low-fat yogurt
-1 cup chilled pineapple-orange-banana juice
-2 cups fresh blueberries chilled
-1 tbsp. sugar
Combine all ingredients and in blender, cover, and blend
until nearly smooth. Garnish with
additional blueberries. At Garden View
Nursery we carry Jubilee, Misty, & Southmoon blueberry bushes.
love full sun and well-drained acidic soil.
Use 50% peat moss when planting.
2. Avocado Hair Mask:
-1/2 avocado mashed
-1/4 cup olive oil
-1/4 cup sweet almond oil
Mix up all ingredients into a paste. Apply to wet hair, then shampoo and condition
30 minutes later.
At Garden View Nursery we have a great variety of avocado
trees. Hass, Fuerte, Pinkerton, and Reed
to name a few. Right now we have lots of
avocados, but come early because they go quick!
3. Pomegranate Body Scrub:
-1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
-1/2 cup White Sugar
-2 tsp. vegetable oil
Crush ingredients together, apply to damp skin, and
rinse. At our nursery we have two great
varieties of pomegranate trees: Wonderful & Angel Red.
Tip: Avocado and
pomegranate trees love full sun and well drained soil. Use 50% compost when planting.
If you want to give your mom something that also lasts
forever, we have the beautiful Cercis "Forest Pansy" (right), one of my personal
favorites. This beautiful red heart
shaped leaf tree also blooms vibrant purple flowers in spring. It will wow your mother. Every time she looks at the heart shaped
leaves, she will think of you and know she is loved.
Roses are also a great gift.
Red symbolizes for love and respect.
"Chrysler Imperial" is a velvety dark red hybrid tea rose with a
powerful rich fragrance. Vigorous and
happiest in hot temperatures. Pink symbolizes
admiration and gratitude. "Queen
Elizabeth" is a grandiflora variety with a profusion of pleasing pink buds and
large blooms on long-stemmed clusters.
The fragrance is a moderate tea.
(Unfortunately there is not a color or rose that stands for
perseverance and patience!)
These are the gifts that keep giving. Thank you Mother
Now you're in the dirt
(Julie Meahl is the
Retail Manager and Vice President of Garden View, Inc.)
Blake's Landscape Maintenance Blog
If you are anything like me (God forbid!) you have found yourself waking up in the
middle of the night in a cold sweat from a recurring dream about out of control
weeds. I find myself in that movie
Jumanji where Robin Williams is freaking out because he is being attacked by
plants and monkeys. Robin and I are
screaming and totally hauling ass running from some man eating Kikuyu Grass when
he stops and says "hey man, you work for Garden View. It's cool!"
Then I wake up... Is that weird?
the number one key to weed treatment is to nip it in the bud. If you see the flower or seed head it has
already been allowed to get out of control and begun to reproduce.
control can be a bit tricky and typically takes some time to really get a
property fully cleaned up after we take over its maintenance. There are many different types of weeds that
show up throughout the year and just about all of them have a dormancy
period. For this reason it can easily
take a year or more to successfully purge a property of its infestations. However, there are some grass weeds such as
Bermuda growing in a lawn who's eradication are often more costly and tiresome
than they are worth. Killing a grass
weed inside of a grass is very difficult; that's where a little overseeding can
be a useful tool, but that's another topic altogether.
dormancy period is quite possibly the most important piece information to
gather about a target weed. If that weed
is brown and all dried up no amount of dog urine or hell fire will be able to
prevent those bastards' seeds and roots from germinating until they begin to do
so on their own. THAT is when you must
strike. With good anticipation and quick
action a moderate amount of pre and post-emergent chemicals can go a very long
know that no one likes the idea of chemical use around their property but limited
amounts at early detection is so important!
If the weeds are allowed to get out of hand FAR more chemical
application will be required in order to get you back to where you began. While I wouldn't recommend recreationally
drinking the stuff, the chemicals we use are relatively harmless. Don't worry, these aren't the same chemicals
that wound you up lost and naked in the middle of the desert in 1970...
(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.)