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Make sure your landscaping is fire-resistant

Minimize fire hazards by removing highly flammable materials and plants (such as Italian cypress, pine, fir, spruce, eucalyptus, junipers, palms, Japanese honeysuckle and some ornamental grasses) from close proximity to your house, and create fire-safe zones with concrete or stone patios, walkways and driveways.

Although it really isn't possible to have a “fire-proof” landscape, there are many things you can do to help protect your home from the ravages of...

Posted on Monday, September 4, 2017 at 3:26 PM

How to stay safe, healthy when working outdoors in hot weather

With a few precautions and the right clothing and tools, gardening in midsummer can be just has productive and pleasant as in spring or fall.

As gardeners, we often worry about the health of our plants and soil — but we don't often stop to think of the state of our own health! If, like me, you...

Posted on Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 1:11 PM

Controlling mosquitoes and their habitat


  Thanks to the rain, mosquitoes are thick If you have been noticing an increased and unwelcomed buzz lately, you are not alone. Russ Parman,...

Posted on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 11:27 AM

Popular drought-resistant plants in short supply

Salvia microphyllas

  Blame the drought followed by ample rain Have you been searching for a particular tree or shrub this year and just can't seem to find it...

Posted on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 11:11 AM

Resist the urge: Planting too early creates garden problems

A pepper seedling, planted too early, gives a good impersonation of a Charlie Brown Christmas tree. Peppers need warm air and ground temperatures to thrive.

  Soil temperatures might still be too cool The weather is getting warmer and there's little chance of a sudden overnight freeze, but that doesn't mean...

Posted on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 4:30 PM

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