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Southern California Regional Reports

Southern California: July Monthly To-Do List | Regional Report

Prune your oaks if they need it. Photo: Rachel Young

Deadwood oaks and native shrubs. If your oak tree (Quercus spp. and cvs., Zones 4-10) needs pruning, hire an arborist to help you navigate the rules and regulations (as well as the health issues) regarding native oak trees, which are protected in many cities and counties in Southern California.

Take the time to add mulch to your garden beds. Photo: Rachel Young

Catch up on mulching in order to lower your water bill.  You use 30% more water if you have bare soil. Even container gardens can benefit from mulch, or stones, to help reduce water loss.

Plan for fall. Grab an iced tea, glass of wine, or sparkling water, and start planning for your fall and winter planting. Take the time to cool off and rest in the shade.

Rachel Young is the former Director of Horticulture and Garden Operations at Descanso Gardens in La Cañada, California.

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