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Spring is here! It is beautiful outside. Flowers in bloom everywhere, plants and trees budding out, cool crisp air.

I was on the ski slopes at Mt. Baldy last week and I talked to several people who moved out here from other parts of the world and they all said the same thing; that most of us Southern Californians don't appreciate what we have here with this great weather almost all year round.

We put up with high real estate prices, bad traffic, inefficient government, high taxes, high cost of living, bad schools, and smog. We pay a high price to live in here; it should be illegal to be inside on a beautiful day!

Mark Meahl (President Garden View Inc.)

Arcadia Project
Nothing is more rewarding than doing projects for appreciative customers that have great taste, are fun and fair to work with, and who love artistic uniqueness. This was a big jump for this young couple but everybody agrees it turned out great!
I brought some hand blown glass balls that Julie and I purchased in Canada and put them in for the photo. Our client didn't like it, half our staff loved it and the other didn't so we included a copy of both.

Spring Garden Tips
Spring has arrived, even though it will most likely rain this month and snow may dust the mountains. So much is in bloom, or is soon to be. Continue to plant just about anything - from seeds to citrus -and there's no shortage of chores, from weeding to fertilizing.

FEED EVERYTHING:
Most plants do their growing in spring, so fertilizing now - especially if it's the only time you do - can make a huge difference. The kind of fertilizer used isn't that important. As one experienced nurseryman put it, "Most fertilizers work, but they don't work sitting in the garage." However, make sure you need to fertilize - many garden soils already have more than enough fertilizer.

DEADHEADING TO EXTEND BLOOMING AND ANNUAL FLOWER LIFE (left): Dead heading is removing the spent or dead flowers from the plant. In simple terms most plants produce flowers to produce seeds to reproduce. If the flower is removed before the seed has been dropped from the plant the plant will usually keep trying to reproduce. This in turn means the plant will probably produce more flowers for a longer period of time.

Many annuals (plants that live for one season only) will die if they are not deadheaded. But if they are deadheaded they will continue to produce flowers for an extended time.

Garden View Maintenance crews due this on a weekly basis.

Breaking off the flower where the stem meets the stalk is the way to successfully deadhead Long-stem flowers, such as this daylily, that grows in a succession of blooms on a single stalk. Pull down gently on the spent flower until it cleanly snaps off. Breaking off faded daylilies will add to the plant's appearance if not the overall flower productivity. Other flowers to break off include iris, Gladiola, and Kangaroo Paw.

PRUNING IN MARCH:
-Kangaroo Paw - Anigozanthos (right) cut flowers to ground to prolong bloom (after you have deadheaded approximately half the flowers on the stalk)

-Don't trim Photinias (left) now because the red leaf is attractive.



-Prune Magnolias (right) after they finish flowering, they are slow to callus over so don't trim any more than needed to keep the shape and health.

-Trim Frost Damaged Plants: If you have plants that were damaged by frost you should not have pruned the frost damaged part of the plant until last chance of frost has passed. Now is the time to prune them and other plants that you were waiting for the chance of frost to pass.

-Hibiscus (left): this is a good time to prune Hibiscus. Also, do not put much fertilizer on Hibiscus, Garden View gardeners have noticed that vigorously growing hibiscus is much more likely to get whitefly problems.

-Blue Hibiscus - Alyogyne huegelii (right): cut back progressively from now until fall. This plant is not in the Hibiscus family and does not resemble a Hibiscus. It blooms off and on all year. Pinch regularly to keep its shape. It has low water needs; don't over water.

-Ground Covers respond well to trimming of old or dead growth now, pruning should stimulate new growth.


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Water-Wise Tips
Protect our resources and your water bill

Spring is planting season. Many of us want to go out and plant new colorful plants in our gardens. We need to use common sense as to where we plant them if we want to conserve water.
 
Just like we plant shade plants in the shade and sun plants in the sun we should group plants that need more water together and water wise plants together in their own irrigation zones.

If we plant one plant that needs a lot of water with plants that don't need the water we will either have to water all the plants too much (and waste water) in order to keep that plant alive or the plant will suffer while the other plants thrive because it is not getting sufficient water.

Most people are surprised at how many plants we love and how many blooming plants survive on very little water.

Garden View Nursery has most plants labeled with descriptive signs throughout the nursery. 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 "Spring has Sprung" at Garden View Nursery. Come and see what the glorious rain has produced. The delicious sweet fragrance of jasmine, wisteria, lilacs, and gardenias is making us dizzy. We are so dizzy, that we are giving discounts on all of our fragrant plants. The sweet smells make Garden View Nursery 100% natural! All of these wonderful plants help the environment smell divine. I wish I could bottle up the fragrance. If so, I'd call it "The Breath of Mother Nature."

Color, color, everywhere. Purple, pink, yellow, and lavender to name a few. The gorgeous purple and white wisteria flowers draped on the vine or hanging from the trees. Yes, I said trees. Have you ever seen a wisteria tree? We have them at Garden View Nursery. These trees are a sight to behold.

Garden View Nursery also has the Cercis Forest Pansy. Vibrant clusters of purple flowers are on every branch and twig, followed by a purple heart shaped leaf on this California Native Tree. Heart shape ♥?! Spring is definitely in the air!

May I suggest that you Hop Hop and hurry over to Garden View Nursery and witness Mother Nature's Natural Plant Show?

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 Starting the irrigation system after a good rainy season that has left it shut off for a month can create some problems. It is not unlike when you slap some brand new tennis balls on the feet of your walker and scoot out to the garage to fire up the ol' Buick for the first time in a couple months because hell, it's spring and it's time to go to the store again. The key turns but it turns over without starting a few times and sputters like crazy once she gets goin'.

With a good amount of rain and time sprinklers can become covered by eroded soil, develop clogged nozzles and get debris in the lines. Irrigation systems are sensitive and need consistent upkeep to function properly, and after a long stint without running they are particularly susceptible to problems. For this reason all of our crews are performing irrigation evaluations at this time and making sure that all heads are popping up and pointed in the correct directions; all nozzles are cleared and functioning; and all timers are appropriately programmed. Maybe if we are lucky one of those 500 year old, water wasting, brass heads in your lawn will finally kick the bucket and we can put in something worthy of the Post-Jurassic world.

Don't forget to adjust your timer for daylight savings and add a little bit of time to the programs. It's hotter now than when you shut it off! You stick to getting the Buick's oil changed to pick up new packs of Metamucil and moth balls. We will stick to getting the sprinklers working so we can take on this upcoming summer heat.

SIDE NOTE: For those of you who didn't call me after my last newsletter beeeegggging me to stay; don't worry I was just kidding about the MTV thing. Gardener for life!

(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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