It’s vital because organic soil amendments such as mixes fortified with compost or chicken manure will improve your soil’s physical properties (aeration and porosity) and the organic matter they provide will increase water holding capacity. Plus, they will provide a source of slowly available nutrients to not only your plants, but to an amazing array of beneficial soil microbes.
Organic based fertilizers derived from plant or animal material (rather than synthetic chemicals) will kick start the life of your soil resulting in healthier plants and more productive, great tasting fruits and vegetables.
Sustainable Landscaping and Soil Food Web gardening are both rooted in Organic Gardening. They’re all about respecting and being good stewards of the Land.
Technology has enabled us to better see the amazingly diverse, constantly moving, eating and pooping, nutrient recycling, big wide world that lies underfoot; and soil scientists actually spend their lives studying it.
So … treat your soil right and you’ll be amazed at the results!
Not only will you have the most beautiful, healthiest landscape in the neighborhood … but your edibles will reward you with great tasting, nutritious fruits and vegetables that you grew yourself!More >
Powdery Mildew is a problem for a lot of Crape Myrtles.
It’s is a fungal disease that causes damage by halting photosynthesis and other basic life processes of the leaves and buds, which harms the tree. It can be eradicated by applying any fungicide that is labeled for mildew on a weekly basis until the flower buds open. In addition, thinning out branches in order to allow sun and air flow penetration into the canopy can help reduce susceptibility to mildew problems.
I would try to prune the tree considerably to open it up for good airflow, then purchase a fungicide.
Also, when looking to purchase a Crape Myrtle, try to find the varieties that are propagated to resist powdery mildew. Come in to our Nursery today to see our a beautiful, highly mildew resistant, 15- gallon Multi-Trunk Crape Myrtles available for a short time at an unbelievable $32!
I hope this helps!
To your gardening success! Dawn
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Not quite sure where to get started with your landscape? Do you have a pre-existing landscape that needs a “face-lift?” Or you have a blank slate to work with and you want to work with us to paint the canvas?
We can make it easy for you!
This is what we’ll do when you talk with us about updating your landscape:First, we’ll find out what you want and need. We’ll ask you questions so we can get a complete understanding what you’re looking to do and how you want your landscape to look. Based on what you share with us, we’ll then recommend these 2 options. 1. If you’re a Do-It-Yourselfer (DIY) who is looking for advice, we’ll recommend the landscape consultation option. Green Valley has an extremely knowledgeable, creative and (most importantly in this economy) affordable, landscape designer, Dhetchai Allison (see his picture, above). Dhetchai can work with you on an hourly basis … or to create a full design … whatever fits your needs and budget. 2. The second option is you if you’d like us to install your landscape for you. This option is perfect for you if you: a. Live in an HOA: you’ll want or need a More >
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What sets them apart from the others?Here are just a few reasons:
1. You can buy from the grower. This means they do not get their plants and trees in overnight from a Hot House in Southern California, the Bay Area or another state. Their trees and plants are acclimated to our area – which means that their plant material has been through our harsh winters and hot summers. This means YOUR plants and trees have a much better chance for success!
2. When you use a local nursery and landscape company, they take care of all your nursery and landscaping for you! This means they deliver and plant for you. In addition to properly planting the tree or plant for you, they can also install the tree stakes (and the deer fencing to protect your plant or tree from the deer), and tie into or install your irrigation.
3. They will not carry or sell plants and/or trees that will not flourish or do well in our area.
They are landscape contractors – so, they know first hand what does and does not do well in More >