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May Newsletter
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.

Mark Meahl (President Garden View Inc.)

Altadena & Pasadena Projects
Different Ways to Use Stone

Both of these projects were designed by Garden View designer/project manager Richard Riedel (right) teamed with the property owners and Mark Meahl.
The Spa/fountain project to the left has Three Rivers Stone cut in to rectangular pieces and small ledges to create interest in the cascading water. This is a way to use a natural material in a formal manner.

In the lower picture a deck and arbor were extended from the back of the house to create a pier effect over a remodeled informal natural pond like pool. A ledge was built in the pool to hold the hand selected boulders, other specially selected boulders were placed on the bond beam which are married to the boulder inside the pool to create a more natural effect  than boulders placed on top of the pool bond beam (side wall). The corral bells, Statice and Dietes are all low water use plants.
Garden View rarely uses artificial boulders. We have a 25 point formula on how to use natural boulders realistically.

May Gardening Tips

PITTISPORUM TOBIRA (Left) Don't Prune Now:
Try not to prune this plant now, though the flowers are apparent but relatively inconspicuous they enrich the garden with a beautiful aroma. There are several types of Pittisporum tobira. Some are variegated. This is a very dependable low maintenance plant.

STAR JASMINE - Trachelospermum (right) Don't Prune Now:
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.

DIETES IRIDIOIDES (Left):
To prevent self sowing and prolong bloom break off blossoms individually. Do not cut flower stems because they last more than a year. When they have clearly stopped producing blooms cut stem back to lower leaf joint. (This plant can survive on very minimal water)

LANTANA (right):
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 (left):
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 (right):
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.


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Water-Wise Tips
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

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.
Tip: Blueberries 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 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 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?
 
Anyway, 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. 
 
Weed 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.
 
The 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 way.
 
I 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.)
 
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