About Tiffany Faulstich

I am a horticulturist and landscape contractor. Landscapes not only provide first impressions for a property, but offer sustainable benefits to a community and bring lasting asset value to sites. Botanicon helps clients achieve their landscape and irrigation goals by offering third party expertise, consulting, quality assurance and landscape vendor management services.

What is Wrong With My Plant?

Diagnosing Landscape Plant Problems All landscapes have plant health issues which arise. A question I am often asked is what is going on and how do I fix it? Some landscape plant health concerns are easy to identify, an aphid infestation for example. Often times issues have more than one causal agent. Abiotic factors many times will lead to biotic issues. Right plant, right place is applicable here. [...]

Nice Plant Selection #2

  A Great Small Tree Selection for Spring Blooms Tired of seeing the same trees being used over and over again? Tree species diversity is important to the urban forest, so let's mix up the planting palette. Chionanthus retusus, or Chinese fringe tree, is blooming here in San Diego, and what a show! I took these photos about a week ago when I hit the brakes at the [...]

By |2020-02-14T21:09:52-08:00May 14th, 2019|Plant Selection, Trees|0 Comments

IPM Training for Landscape Professionals

University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources is hosting the IPM Training for Landscape Professionals on May 23, 2019. Location is theScottish Rite Event Center 1895 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108. Topics of interest for pest management in the landscape setting and CEU's available. I'll be speaking on the topic of Diagnosing Landscape Plant Problems, and highlighting the steps and resources useful for an accurate [...]

Costs of Over-Planting

People love lush landscapes and instant gratification. Clients of landscaped sites want that full garden look from day one. Property owners, contractors and landscape architects achieve this by densely populating the ground with plant material, regardless of species size at maturity. It sells and leases properties, plain and simple. But what are the long term costs? And is this sustainable? When asked to review site planting plans or [...]

Tree Planting

When conducting landscape inspections, I commonly see all of these offending practices in regards to trees....poor quality nursery stock, planted too deeply, soil is amended instead of proper species selection, holes dug too large, tree "snorkels" installed, staked improperly and left on too long, hardscape and infrastructure interference, root barriers, the list goes on. None of this has a basis in horticulture or promotes healthy tree establishment and [...]

By |2020-02-14T21:18:26-08:00April 30th, 2019|Trees|0 Comments

Celebrate the Benefits of Urban Trees

  Video Trees Provide Amazing Benefits by Davey Tree Thank Goodness for Trees! Arbor Day is April 26, 2019 here in San Diego and across the nation. So look up and around at the valuable assets in your area. Communities would not be the same beautiful, livable spaces without trees. Statistics on The Benefits of Trees by The Arbor Day Foundation The net cooling effect of a young, [...]

By |2020-02-14T21:21:01-08:00April 9th, 2019|Trees|0 Comments

Landscape Maintenance Specifications

5 Advantages to Writing Maintenance Specs Specific to your Site Specifications for landscape maintenance are instructions to the contractors performing the work - mowing, pruning, leaf clean up, irrigation management, pest monitoring and control, etc. They are written by professionals knowledgeable in horticulture, plant care, irrigation and landscape management. With a landscape inventory in place, maintenance specs specific to your site, and input from owners and managers, we [...]

Nice Plant Selection!

  Pink Trumpet Trees Are Starting to Bloom I love seeing this tree being planted. This is a great street, courtyard or park tree for frost free landscapes. Handroanthus heptaphyllus produces pink flowers in the spring before its canopy leafs out, a nice early season accent to a landscape. Best of all, this tree tolerates most soil types as long as they drain well, likes sunny warm locations, [...]

By |2020-02-14T21:24:19-08:00March 22nd, 2019|Plant Selection|0 Comments

What’s on Your Mind?

5 Takeaways from Stakeholder Surveys on Your Landscaped Site Some people love surveys, some people cringe. But when managing a large landscaped site long-term, the data a survey can provide decision makers is invaluable. Plants are living assets, which grow, change through the seasons, require ongoing maintenance and monitoring. There are so many choices in the market for landscape service providers, new plant cultivars, water restrictions, noise considerations, [...]

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