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Taking Care of your Trees in Summertime

Summertime can be a very stressful time for trees, especially new trees.  Here are some tips for tree care:

– Keep the area around your tree mulched, but don’t pile the mulch up against the trunk.  Also, realize that the roots of your tree spread out far and wide, so mulch all around your tree – to the drip line if possible.  This will help fill the soil around your tree with nutrients, and help keep water in the soil for the tree to drink.

– If you see leaf wilt or have hard soil, try giving your tree a long, slow drink.  If you have soaker hoses, these are ideal because they will gradually soak the ground around the tree.

– Try not to plant new trees or move trees in the summertime.   If at all possible, plant in the late fall, winter, or early spring.  Trees during this time are more dormant and can concentrate their energy on new root growth.  If planting must happen now, consult with your landscaper to find out how to make the transition as easy as possible on the tree.

– Do not get your trees trimmed during the summertime.  This depends on the tree, but the majority of trees can contract diseases if pruned during summer.  However, if you see a dead branch on your tree, or your tree is jeopardizing the safety of you or others, get it trimmed back.  Just don’t do any kind of heavy pruning.

Here’s to long, lazy summer days in the shade of your healthy trees.

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Beachfront Landscaping

There’s plenty of beachfront/by the beach property in Southern California.   There is also homes throughout SoCal who would love to channel that beachy  feel.  Here are some ideas for beach front/feels like beach front landscaping.

– Plant various sea grasses, or floppy grasses which feel like sea grass.

– Install terra-cotta or similar tile into a patio area.  Having a light-colored tile feels beachy, even when you’re not at the beach.

– Install a water feature with running water.  It doesn’t matter how close you are to the beach, it’s nice to have your own source of cool, clean water.

– Try planting various local plants to attract butterflies, local birds, and more.  Planting local plants imports that local feel – even if you’re inland in SoCal, you’re still generally in a beach city.

– Plant salt tolerant and drought tolerant plants.  These are often found around the beach – so even if you’re not at the beach – installing these plants can give you a more beachy feel.

– Install Spanish-style planters and tiles.  The colors feel like summer and beach.

– If you’re feeling really adventurous (and you have the room), discuss new ideas like building your own sand dunes with your landscaper.

– If your property is actually on the beachfront, or has a view, maximize your view by adding a patio or deck with at least a deck umbrella so you can sit on it and enjoy the view.

These are just some ideas.  Comment if you have more ideas.

Here’s summer full of sand, surf, sun, and fun.

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Outdoor Entertaining Ideas

In summertime, it’s always fun to entertain outdoors.  Here are some fun ideas:

– Try out installing an outdoor kitchen by adding a barbecue area to your patio.  It’s a great idea to include a shady area, a table-top space, a fan, and more.

– Adding a fire pit is always a fantastic space for late-night get-togethers, family fun, etc.

– Install an entire outdoor fireplace and chimney to your patio area for night-time gatherings and marshmallow roasting.

– Put a putting green in your backyard.  Or, if you’d like a permanent lawn – try adding fake grass.

– Set up a hammock.  Even if you lack trees, you can still get a hammock with a shade installed into your yard.

– Have extra space? Try adding a shuffleboard or tennis court. Don’t have quite that much space? Try a jacuzzi or a permanent trampoline.

– Find fun outdoor games and set your space up for them.  For example, if your family likes slip ‘n slide, get your lawn sloped slightly and try not to get sprinklers installed right in the way.  If you want to play a yard game like horseshoes or bocce ball, set up a permanent space for your games.

Here’s to a fantastic summer!

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Grow Your Own Food

This time of year, lots of fruits and veggies are in season at your local farmer’s market or grocery store, but what if you want to pick your own sun-warmed tomato or strawberry?  You can!  Just grow your own.

The fruits and veggies that are in season right now are:

Apricots, Avocados, Beets, Blackberries, Blueberries, Boysenberries, Carrots, Chard, Cherries, Chiles, Corn, Cucumbers, Dates, Eggplants, Figs, Garbanzo Beans, Garlic, Grapes, Grapefruit, Green Beans, Green Onions, Mangoes, Okra, Various Melons, Various Mushrooms, Nectarines, Navel Oranges, Peaches, Peas, Sweet Peppers, Plums, Raspberries, Rhubarb, Scallions, Shalots, Squash, Strawberries, Tomatoes, and Zucchini.    

You can buy these plants at your local gardening store and get a professional landscaper to design your yard perfectly for whatever it is you want to grow.

There are also yummy fruits and veggies that should be planted right now for a better crop later.  These are:

Squash, Carrots, Basil, Salad Mixes, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussel Sprouts, Beans, Chard, and Sunflowers. 

Also, it’s not too late to plant various foods that should be in the early stage of fruiting like tomatoes, peppers, corn, pumpkin or eggplants.

Remember, your landscaper will know where to put these delicious plants for best fruit or vegetable production, and in a way that pleases the eye.

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Summer Gardens

It’s officially summer, birds are singing, the temperature is rising and children are eagerly awaiting vacation – if they haven’t already been let out of school.  It’s the time of year when the whites, blacks and grays of winter are packed away and the vivid colors of summer are officially okay to wear.  Why should it be any different for your yard?

Perhaps you have a lush lawn or some great hardscaping, but you can always add a bit of summer color to each by putting out potted plants that soak up the sun, or adding a border.

With that in mind, here are some wonderful plants in bloom right now:

Roses, Magnolias, Iteas, Wild Geraniums, Blue Stars, Coral Bells, Gaura, Salvia, Sage, Catalpa, Hydrangea, Astilbes, Clematis, Poppies, Petunias, Pentas, Lantanas, Lilies, Elderberries, Prickly Pear Cactus, Purple Coneflowers, Butterfly Weed, Lavender, Shasta Daisies, Asters, Hibiscus, Sage, and more.

You can buy them at  your local garden store, blooming and ready to go.  Or you can get with a professional landscaper to design the perfect yard with plants that bloom during each season in your yard.

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