The drought in California is well into its 3rd year. Many people have cut back on watering their landscapes and let their lawns die. Lawns are easy to replace, but landscape trees are not. Sprinkler water may be the only water landscape trees receive during summer. One of the symptoms of drought stress in trees […] Finish reading: Summer Fall Color: Drought StressFall Color Trees
Plant colorful carrot seeds now and harvest amazing tasting carrots this fall! You won’t believe how sweet they are compared to any other carrot you’ve ever tried. Look for colorful carrot seeds from Renee’s Garden or Botanical Interests. Colorful Carrot Varieties When you shop for seeds, you’ll see there are so many different colorful carrots […] Finish reading: Summertime-Plant Colorful Carrots!Vegetables
Apricot trees are the one deciduous* fruit tree that should not be pruned during winter after leaves drop. Apricot trees pruned in winter are susceptible to a disease called Eutypa dieback. The fungus enters the pruning wounds and infects the tree. The symptoms of Eutypa show up in late spring or summer. Trees ooze sap […] Finish reading: Apricot Tree PruningEutypa Dieback
Almost everyone has gotten a sunburn sometime during their life. Did you know that plants can get a sunburn too? In USDA zone 9, we have really hot summers. When temperatures rise to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.7 Celsius) and soils dry out, plant roots can dry out too. When this happens, plants can show […] Finish reading: Sunburn in Plants
One summer several years ago, I was a witness (and nearly a victim) to summer limb drop. While weeding under a grove of eucalyptus trees I heard a loud “crack!” I looked up into the tree canopy and saw a branch falling towards me. Like a deer in the headlights, I stood frozen to the […] Finish reading: Summer Limb Drop in Trees
Summer is nearly over, or at least according to the calendar is it. I’m looking forward to cooler weather, how ’bout you? My garden is scraggly and I’m ready to yank out everything. The tomatoes are sprawled all over, aphids are still a problem,and the crabgrass and spurge out of control. It’s time for a […] Finish reading: Fall Vegetable Gardening: Start Planning NOW!