Do you have an efficient irrigation system? Can it adapt to rainy and dry years? The drought seems to be over but many of the restrictions remain. We can help you plan for what is coming up next and respond to unexpected changes in weather. SF Gate has a very good article listing the restrictions that will remain in place like hosing off hardscape, driveways and sidewalks.
Californians cut back on water usage faced with temporary bill surcharges meant to discourage usage. Consumers and businesses responded by reducing water consumption 22 percent. The end result will be higher rates. The New York Times has an in-depth look how we will be effected for doing the right thing.
We always consider water to be a precious resource and do all we can to conserve. We offer many drought resistant solutions for having a beautiful green yard and saving water. We also have years of experience designing and building efficient irrigation systems that will prepare you for drought or rain.
Time to Plant!
Sow seeds of cucumber, eggplant, melon, and squash directly in the soil.
Set out tropicals and subtropicals such as bougainvillea, hibiscus, and mandevilla to be established over the warm season. In areas with winter frost, plant in a protected site like a south-facing wall or beneath an overhang.
Life is hectic and full of unknowns, as we all know. Especially for anyone who is a parent! Sometimes it’s nice to kick back in a garden chair with a good book and a cup of coffee to let the stressors of the day slowly melt away.
Sunset Magazine did a fantastic write up of How to Design a Garden of Tranquillity, and it offers some tips taken from Traditional Japanese Gardening techniques on how to build your own peaceful space. If you’re looking for help on the design and the building, please call For Your Garden’s Needs!
It’s no mystery that we are in the midst of one of the most serious droughts that California has ever experienced. 81% of the state is now categorized in extreme drought or even worse than that. 3 months ago, that number was 68%.
This article from the LA Times conveys shocking information on the state of the drought, and photos that we should all take a few minutes to look at.
These days more than ever, it is important to save water in every way that we can. Since our gardens are a major source of water usage, we should make sure that what we plant will have a low impact on the environment.
Check out this Water-Wise Garden Design guide by Sunset Magazine to get some tips and insights on what to plant in your area to conserve water. If we work together, our impact will be huge!
Whether you’re growing yummy veggies and fruits, or filling out your garden with colorful flowers, it helps to be aware of the factors that equate to healthy plants, no matter where you live. Check out these 6 fantastic tips from KQED, for urban farmers like yourself to turn brown thumbs green.
We all want our plants to grow fully and to be 100% healthy. One key ingredient to this is to make sure that you are using quality soil, or to boost the soil in your yard or pots.
There are various ways to boost soil, and you should be able to find soil boosters at low-cost. Check out these tips from Pam Pierce on what she recommends.
The climate in the Bay Area can create difficulties when planting and sustaining a healthy garden. Knowing what to plant in the specific micro-climate that your home resides in is the first step to creating a garden that truly flourishes.
Listen to this CBS radio show from 6-2-2014 for an in-depth analysis on what to plant where you live.
Tomatoes come in many shapes and sizes. From cherry to red round, they are a versitile fruit that finds its way into a wide variety of dishes. Check out this wonderful article that provides tips for growing tomatoes like a master. Soon enough, you’ll be making savory pasta dishes that will have the whole family raving for weeks to come!