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.