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DIY Backyard Pond

The first step to consider is to decide what type of pond you want to build. You should consider what type of aquatic life you want in the pond. Is it going to be a home for goldfish or koi? Or is your main concern for the aquatic plants? Perhaps you only want the pond for the sound of a …

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Fertilizing Trees and Shrubs

Trees and shrubs often are forgotten when it comes time to fertilize the yard in the spring. Young trees, especially those with a trunk diameter of less than six inches, can benefit from regular applications of fertilizer. “When young trees soak up nitrogen fertilizer, they grow quickly, develop a dense canopy and stay green into the fall,” said Ross Penhallegon, …

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Prepare for spring with proper pruning of grapes and fruit trees

Spring chores for your fruit trees and grape vines. We’re not done with winter, but we do have garden chores to do this month. Outdoor tasks center mainly around pruning fruit trees and grapevines. This is the month we prune table grapevines in the Valley and begin pruning fruit trees. Why should you prune grapevines? If they’re left unpruned, they’ll …

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When to apply spring fertilizer

DO YOU REALLY NEED TO FERTILIZE THE LAWN IN THE EARLY SPRING? Although spring fertilization is recommended as part of a complete lawn care program, applying it too early could throw off the whole program. When cool season grasses “wake up” in the spring, they enter a natural growth cycle where the root system begins growing and building carbohydrate (energy) …

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California Rebates – What qualifies and how do I start?

Turf grass is one of the most water intensive plant types in your landscape. It’s high water uses and frequent maintenance make it a time consuming and expensive landscape option. By replacing turf with a California Friendly landscape, you could save money on your water bill, reduce landscape maintenance costs and show that you care about conserving water. Why should …

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Xeriscaping Benefits

Originally developed for drought-afflicted areas, the principles of xeriscape today have an ever broadening appeal. With water now considered an expensive and limited resource, all landscaping projects, residential or commercial, can benefit from this alternative. Xeriscapes do not have a single look – almost any landscaping style can be achieved. The principles can be applied to all or part of …