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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, Hydrangeas, Roses in bud, Yarrow, etc.)
  • Plant Winter squash, more lettuce and onions.
  • Monitor water closely: for coverage and blockages.

Garden Design Correction Opportunities

During the hot dry season, look over your garden and decide if there are any plants that seem to consistently need pampering (extra hand watering, protection from the sun, etc.). Remove these plants entirely or move them to a better location where they will not need pampering. Reduce the need for watering by slowly replacing “needy” plants with more durable plants. The California natives come to mind.

Remember, your garden is your gym!

Call me with any plant questions.


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