Green grass without a huge bill

How To
Everyone who lives California knows about the drought and what drastic measures the government is putting on people to make a difference. Jerry Brown now is expecting people to cut their watering by 25% and in it people are removing their grass, collecting a rebate. Though it is saving water, some people are still not ready to part with their beloved green grass. Grass does in fact use a lot more water through sprinklers and can kill your water bill and watering less will kill your grass. Now you're thinking, what other option do I have? The Answer: You may have seen it on the news in California recently or even in your hardware store wondering what it is. It is a great solution to lowering your water and keeping…
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Pots and Container gardening

How To
Nothing brightens up a patio as much as well planned pots do. Following some simple steps and "rules" you can be a fabulous container gardener. I use the word pots, but this can apply to any type of container. As long as the container has proper drainage and you use a well draining potting soil, you can grow in it. Pots aren't just for flowers. You can grow veggies, fruit trees and even vines in pots. I borrowed this photo from Pinterest and I'm sorry I can't read the name to give credit. This driftwood container garden is AMAZING! Great work! I like to group my pots. Some taller and some short and squatty. The taller in the back, shorter in the front. ┬áThis grouping are all different colors but…
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Turn your brown thumb green, part 1 – fertilizing

Turn your brown thumb green, part 1 – fertilizing

How To, Plants
So many clients and friends tell me that they have a brown thumb. This will be the first part in a series on educating you on these simple rules of turning your brown thumb green! Part 1 of our lessons is going to be an important one. This is all about fertilizing. When I ask how often clients are fertilizing, typically they will tell me that their gardener fertilizes about once a year. Seriously? Fertilizer for plants is like vitamin supplements for our bodies. Can we exist without vitamin or nutrient supplements? Sure, we can go without, but how much better do we feel with them? If you want the optimum plant growth, blooms or fruit, fertilizing is a major addition. You would be very surprised to see how well…
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Puppy proofing for Buddy

Puppy proofing for Buddy

How To
We have a new member in our family. His name is Buddy and he is just that. He has become a buddy to our older dogs and given our female a new lease on life. Those two can play forever. He is NOT a buddy to our garden though. We havent had a digging dog in a long time, so it is a little hard to handle. I decided to upgrade our drip system in my planting beds, planted many new perennials only to have it pulled out and brought into our house! Imagine seeing a large shrub in our family room on the rug? The drip system was fine until we turned it on and it sprayed everywhere except the soil. Yikes! So, now we have dirt, plus a…
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