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Lawn & Garden Tips

In the Garden

  • Go native! Fall is the best time to plant native California bulbs, flowers, trees and shrubs. Cooler temperatures allow plants to get established before the heat of summer.
  • Start a salad bowl. Tasty and tender greens to tempt your tummy. Plant in a container of heirloom lettuce varieties and keep it close to your kitchen door. Check out the new delicious varieties from Botanical Interests.
  • Plant cool-season veggies. Peas, carrots, leeks, greens, broccoli, kale, radish, beets and parsnips are just a sampling of what you might grow.
  • Plant cool-season annuals for added pizzazz to borders, containers and flower beds. Dianthus, Iceland Poppies, Pansies and Snapdragons will bloom through spring.
  • Spray fruit trees. Protect peach and nectarine trees from peach leaf curl and airborne fungal disease. Spray with Lilly Miller Polysul dormant spray after leaves have fallen, New Year's Day and right before bud break.
  • Feed winter-blooming annuals which benefit from frequent feedings. Use a liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks for Holiday color.
  • It's compost time! The compost you've been turning all spring and summer is ready to use. Even if it hasn't completely broken down, use it.