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Southern California Regional Reports

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    Garden Hose Review

    As we convert our thirsty lawns to more California-friendly gardens, all sorts of wonderful things happen. What most often occurs is that a large, flat expanse that was watered with…

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    Southern California: December Garden To-Do List

    Bring in clippings of winter greens such as juniper (Juniperus spp. and cvs., Zones 2–10), toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia, Zones 7–10), and pine (Pinus spp. and cvs., Zones 2–9) to celebrate…

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    Regional Picks: Showy Shrubs – California

    1. Yellow Bells Tecoma stans Zones: 7–11 Size: 6 to 20 feet tall and 5 to 15 feet wide (grows smaller in inland areas) Conditions: Full sun; well-drained soil Native…

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    Gardening Gift Ideas 2019 for Southern California Gardeners

    If there is one thing I love as much as gardening, it’s shopping. At the risk of bragging, I will tell you that I am a very good shopper and…

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    Reflecting on Mirror Plants

    The mirror plant (Coprosma spp. and cvs., Zones 8–11) has several stunning varieties, but they all share some characteristics, foremost being that they are colorful plants native to the coastal…

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    Southern California: November Garden To-Do List

    Plant trees, shrubs, and perennials in order to take advantage of California’s limited rainfall. Use your hula hoe to get a jump on weed seeds germinating after the first rains.…

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    Southern California Regional Reports

    Pest Alert: Chilli Thrips

    The chilli thrip (Scirtothrips dorsalis) has become a serious problem in Southern California. This is a small insect native to Southeast Asia that has made its way to the United…

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    Southern California: October Garden To-Do List

    Decorate your garden with pumpkins and squash. This is a great way to brighten things up without using extra water. Got squirrels? A vinegar spritz or bath will keep your…

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    August Rose Pruning for Southern California

    Most information you find about rose pruning is generic for all growing zones. What everyone waits for is the threat of frost to pass after the dormant season. The cuts…

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    Two Unique Gardening Events in September

    Two fabulous gardening events are happening in our region in September that I am excited to tell you about. They are both organized by the Greater Los Angeles District of…