Spring 2015
Drought 2015 - We Can Survive It!
What does the drought mean for new pools and landscapes?
Mark Meahl

We all know we are in a severe prolonged drought. By now everybody has heard that the biggest users of outdoor water use for most of us is our lawns. Did you know a swimming pool uses half the water of a lawn and if a cover is put on the pool there is almost no evaporation. The first year of a newly constructed swimming pool including the initial fill up and with normal evaporation will be 3/4 of the water use of the lawn and the following years half as much and if you put on a cover almost no water used.

See swimming pool facts... 

 

Garden View Nursery has in stock thousands of different lush colorful drought tolerant trees, plants and ground covers. Come see why being water-wise doesn't mean you have to use cactus and succulents but used smartly and artistically they can be gorgeous and very interesting also. Check out our diverse and great selection.

 

Duarte Backyard Retreat



This beautiful pool is using half the water of the ugly lawn it replaced!

See the before pictures and rest of this project

May Garden Tips
Pittosporum tobira
PITTISPORUM TOBIRA (Right)
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.
 
Now is the best time to trim Pineapple Guava - Feijoa (Left)
 
Trachelospermum star jasmine 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 bicolor
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
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)
In the Garden of Ian
Ian Alden

We like to think of spring as 'The Plant Kingdom's New Year,' and we are ready to celebrate. Garden View Nursery has been stocking up for the party, and you are invited. Come down and find more amazing plants for Southern California than we have ever had before. We are geared towards providing SoCal with plants; plants that will thrive in our local climate, plants that will tolerate our heat, plants that need less water, fruit trees that will fruit despite the mild winter, hedges that will fill in and keep neighbors happy. On top of that, our staff is extremely experienced. Cruise by and talk to me; I know why your new avocado tree is not doing well, and I know why your rose is covered in mildew. We will be here, gardening like its 1999.

 

Ian's #1 Spring Garden Tip:

Compost--lay a thick layer around your trees and shrubs. I recommend this for almost every plant in the yard. This will help bring life and nutrients back to your soil. It is probably the single most important thing for your plants. Every time I plant something new in my yard, I amend the soil with compost. It will add drainage and aeration to heavy clay soils, and it will help retain water in sandy soils. In other words, it improves all soils.

 

My recommendation is to add a thick layer of compost to your soil every year. All you have to do is put it on top of the soil, don't even work it in. Make sure not to pile compost against the trunk of trees or the base of any plant. Just sprinkle it around your plants. Use only little or none around succulents or cactus. Using compost as a top mulch layer will not only return nutrients to your soil, but it will encourage worms and other beneficial microbes and life to grow in your soil. This layer will also act like a sponge.   It will help retain water and spread it through the soil more evenly.

 

Blake's Landscape Maintenance Blog

This may come off as insensitive, but, those crappy little rains that do nothing but get your car all dirty are not actually worth shutting your irrigation off for. Don't get me wrong, I will raindance around the yard in my underwear for any drop we can get at this point, but a little supplementation from irrigation on top of a light rain can go a long way in getting the deep water effect of a heavy rain. When it comes to the impact of the drought it is not the loss of lawns that I am concerned about, it is the mature trees that will be a truly catastrophic loss. Trees more than anything benefit from a deep soak so if we get lucky enough to have another sprinkle or two give your trees a little extra love to get them ready for a brutal summer.

 

 

Spring Sale 2015
Up to 50% OFF Shrubs
Rosemary Tuscan Blue

Up to 30% off Succulents
6inch/1 Gallon Succulents
Up to 50% off Trees
Japanese Maple
Crabapple
Bradford Pear
Purple Leaf Plum