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Plant of the Month September – California Fuchsia September 20th, 2017

September Plant of the Month – Epilobium canum– California Fuchsia ( note some databases and nurseries refer to it a Zaushneria californica) While this native fuchsia can seem to take over through many part of the year it is this time of year the annoyance seems worth it. The mounds at the MG Livermore Demo Garden …

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What to do in the Garden in July July 13th, 2017

July Garden Checklist In the heat of summer do not make work for yourself than needed Water: July is the month of peak water requirement. Ensure plants are watered deeply. After this month irrigation times and durations can be reduced. Wash off plants periodically to remove discourage spider mites , aphids and just dust from accumulating …

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Plant of the Month – July Rosa x odorata Mutabilis July 13th, 2017

July Plant of the month: Rosa x odorata Mutabilis UCDavis Arboretum All Star , the Butterfly rose shines throughout the year but especially in the heat of summer. The simple flower ( ie one layer of petals)  on the Mutabilis rose comes out in multiple colors and tends to cover this large 6’x6’+ shrub. Flowers …

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Plant of the Month- June June 11th, 2017

I help manage the Master Gardeners of Alameda County Livermore Demonstration Garden. Each month we chose a plant that we believe is a stand out in the garden June Plant of the Month: Butterfly Bush  Buddleja (Buddleia) davidii Butterfly Bush is a fast growing large shrub with colorful cone shaped clusters of blooms in several …

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June Gardening Tasks June 1st, 2017

Irrigation controller seasonal adjustment should be set to 100%-  Remember to water less frequently but deeply- If you see water running off then use cycle and soak method where you half the duration but have the cycle run twice with at least 60 minutes in between to allow the water to soak in thoroughly AVOID …

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Gardening Tasks- May May 1st, 2017

Gardening To Do List for May Irrigation controller seasonal adjustment should be set to 85% Plant: Last time to plant summer and fall blooming perennials as well as shrub, tree, or vine.Planting after mid May will require extra water to keep plants going. Ideally all shrubs and perennials should be in the ground by late April. …

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April Checklist of Gardening Tasks April 23rd, 2017

Gardening Checklist for April Irrigation controller Normally I would say it should be set to 75% but in 2017 I have yet to turn mine on by mid-late April because the rains keep coming. Roses: Apply mulch to save water, smother weeds, and keep soil cooler. Spread 1 to 3 inches (depending on size of plant) …

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Garden Checklist January January 2nd, 2017

To Do List January Turn off irrigation if rain more than 1” over 2 weeks otherwise the seasonal adjustment on the irrigation controller should be set to 15-20% If cold weather is predicted, make sure plants are well watered (dry plants are more susceptible to frost damage). Move tender container plants (citrus, cymbidium, Mandeville, bougainvillea …

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Monthly Gardening Tasks – December December 1st, 2016

December Garden Tasks Turn off irrigation if rain more than 1” over 2 weeks otherwise the seasonal adjustment irrigation controller should be set to 15-20% WATERING – Many Plants become more susceptible to cold and other winter born issues due to dry soil. Note though that succulents, lantana and Kangaroo paw actually prefer the dry …

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Monthly Gardening Tasks – November November 1st, 2016

November Garden Tasks Turn off irrigation if rain more than 1” over 2 weeks otherwise the seasonal adjustment irrigation controller should be set to 25% WATERING – One of the major reasons why some plants do not make it through winter’s cold weather is because the soil is too dry. Be especially careful to check …

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