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Water Conservation  // water-wise gardens & homes

Spring is Coming! Prepare Your Garden Now

By the beginning of February you should have pruned any perennials, shrubs or roses for size and shape. The same goes for your fruit trees but they also need spraying with a Lime Sulfur mixture for “Peach Curl”. Since we also have lots of trouble with Thrips here in Silicon Valley, cleaning up dead leaves...

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Preparing for Summer

The Summer Heat is Coming The beginning of Californian’s hot weather is a good time to: Re-shape the “Winter/Spring” Flowering shrubs (Toyon, Ceanothus, Euryops, Azaleas, Escalonia, Privet, Viburnum, Pittosporum, etc.) Deadhead perennials, annuals, Roses, Bulbs (Lambs ears, Daisy’s, Oenothera, etc.) Weeds: Pull them before they go to SEED!!! Harvest and hang to dry (Statice, Negella,...

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Creative Ideas for Saving Water in the Garden

Lose some lawn and plant some vegetables. Start Rainwater Harvesting: Add a large water tank to property to water the garden Install new plastic Rainwater barrels Install old wood wine barrels for Rainwater Use plastic garbage cans to store Rainwater Set up an independent drip system using an old “Alhambra-water cooler bottle” fitted with drip...

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Water, Weeds & Compost – Oh My!

The annual Art & Garden Show was fun and successful. A big thank you to all the artists, all the helpers and all the people who visited. Water The summer months are ahead so now is the time to deal with any water issues in your garden. Check for and fix all leaks in your...

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It’s Summer! Check Out Some Suggested Outside Projects & Water/Energy Saving Tips!

Before Fall takes hold, it’s a good time to do certain outside projects such as: * Exterior painting (while it’s warm and dry) * Preparation for Harvest Season (if you’re growing fruits and vegetables) * Use harvested rainwater to augment or replace your city water * Continue weeding routines * Cut and hang to dry...

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