Oct 18

Time to Plant Annuals

Posted on October 18, 2017 at 9:35 AM by Adam Rosen

It’s time to change out the annual flowers in pots and beds. The fall/winter selections are now available and will provide color for you through the spring season.

If you have a bed to plant, it is best to tier your selections with the taller species in the back and tiered lower to the front of the bed. If you have pots to fill, it is best to have plants with height to them in the center and low growing flowers on the edge.

Here are some selections of annuals that are tried and true for our area:

  • Geraniums – will provide some height and colors of red, white, and pink. These can be used in center of pots and as backdrops in larger beds.
  • Stock – will provide height and does well in pots or as a backdrop. Colors of purple and white are available.
  • Snapdragons – will provide height and multiple colors.
  • Kale – provides height and yellow blooms.
  • Petunias – look good in mass and are medium growers. Multiple colors are available.
  • Pansies – low growing and multiple colors are available.
  • Alyssum – showy low growing plant that is best suited for borders on a large bed or on the edges of a pot. White blooms look great with red geraniums.
  • Lobelia – purple blooms look good as edge plantings and will stay low.

Oct 11

Overseed Your Turf

Posted on October 11, 2017 at 11:32 AM by Adam Rosen

If you’re thinking of having a green lawn through the winter months, this week would be a great time to over seed with rye grass. The overnight temperatures have gotten low enough for the Bermuda to start to go dormant. Normally, that happens when nighttime temperatures stabilize at around 65 degrees.

The following easy steps will help you with the transition:

• Mow the Bermuda lawn to about a ½” and collect the clippings
• Check the irrigation system to ensure all heads are functioning
• Sow the rye seed at 10-12 pounds per 1,000 square feet
• Set the irrigation system for multiple start times during the day; 7-9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1p.m., and 3-5 p.m. are recommended to keep seed moist
• Pop up heads should run for 3 minutes, rotor heads should run for 8 minutes
• After about a week, you’ll notice some germination and a green haze throughout the lawn area
• Once you have full germination, adjust your stations to spread out the start times and add run times to each station
• Reduce to two start times: 7-11 a.m. and 2-5 p.m.
• Increase pop-up heads to around 5 minutes and rotors to 15-20 minutes
• Eventually, go to one start time per day for about a week
• When getting ready for your first mow, make sure water has been off for a day or two
• After first mow, apply a balanced fertilizer like 21-7-14 to add nutrients to soil
• Once mowed, you can run irrigation three times per week
• Remember, every irrigation system is different and slopes of turf areas vary so use your eyes to monitor run off of water and adjust accordingly

By following these simple steps, you’ll enjoy lush, green grass all winter long.

Oct 04

All About the Chaste Tree

Posted on October 4, 2017 at 11:56 AM by Adam Rosen

One of the most underutilized trees in our desert landscape is the Chaste Tree (Vitex agnus-castus). It is a great specimen tree with lavender spikes of color from summer through fall. This species takes a moderate amount of water and will add a dramatic backdrop to your landscape.

This tree will get 20’ tall with a canopy of 20’ wide, so a front yard application may work for you.  The Chaste tree is deciduous but during the growing season it is dark green. There are no thorns and very little litter produced by this tree. The flowers are fragrant and large and combined with other bright colors, this tree makes a nice addition to your landscape.